January 3, 2005

Doumar's in Norfolk

POST #    1499

Because you can never have enough drive-in eateries (see Sonic post from August), a weekend trip we took to Doumar's in Norfolk was awesome!! It's kind of like Sonic, but old and with only one location. Doumar's opened in 1907 and relocated to the current location in 1934 after a hurricane and is the home of the world's oldest ice cream cone machine.

The green drink I had was a "lime freeze" which is essentially a milkshake using lime sherbet. Since I love almost everything lime, I had to get this. It was a tough call, with limeade also sounding delicious. Shannan had a BBQ sandwich, which I had a bite of - it was delicious - and I had two cheeseburgers, also delicious. Strangely, neither of us had an ice cream cone. Probably because of our shakes. (see full menu)

We were going to go back on Sunday, but Doumar's is closed on Sunday. For shame, Doumar's, for shame. One slightly disturbing aspect of Doumar's is the birds that circle over the parking lot. The waitresses have to dodge multiple birds, cover your food, and generally make sure the food gets from the storefront to the car. Unlike Sonic, there are no buttons to press to place your order. To get the waitstaff, you turn on your headlights.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink at 7:24 AM



um.. new year's resolution: eat healthier and avoid seagulls when the sunroof is open

Posted by: shannan at January 3, 2005 9:23 AM

separate "thick milkshakes" and regular milkshakes? craziness.

Posted by: yp at January 3, 2005 9:36 AM

Doumar's is about 5 minutes from my apartment. You're right about the birds thing, it's really a little freaky. I'd prefer not wondering what the 'white sauce' on my sandwich is...

If you guys are ever wondering where to find good restaurants of a certain type, just let me know. After being here for two years, I know at least a little about the area.

Posted by: Joe at January 3, 2005 10:12 AM

Yum, reminds me of our "drive ins" we have here in south Texas, called Dairy Treat. Best burgers and milkshakes around. Is that real glass that the shakes are served in?

Posted by: CJ at January 3, 2005 12:39 PM

This past summer, I headed out for a Saturday of drive-ins (aka carhops) with the mistress of all things Jersey, Caren. All I can say is, I wish I could a) drive and b) live near a Stewart's.

Posted by: Matthew Caldecutt at January 3, 2005 8:38 PM

CJ, they are either real glass or real plastic. i can't remember, but i think glass.

Posted by: tien at January 4, 2005 9:12 AM

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