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Doumar's Cones & Barbecue

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Barbecue Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants

1919 Monticello Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517


Today: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm

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They invented the ice cream cone

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Been coming all of my life, now taking my own child...

I absolutely love Doumar's for it's delicious food, but also for all of the memories that come flooding back each and every time we pull into the parking lot, turn on our headlights, and roll down the window. The food is SIMPLE. If you want a cheeseburger, you get a cheeseburger. If you want fries, you get fries. The portions match the prices, and are more affordable than fast food chains. I have been enjoying the Doumar's experience for as long as I have been alive, and to this day I can say that I have never been inside the dining room. I definitely recommend eating in your car to get the full experience. I think a lot of newbie's come thinking that they will be served gourmet food-- don't be fooled. As mentioned, the food is SIMPLE. Come for the atmosphere!

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Crummy food, lousy service, dirty!

This place is a dump - the tables and floor are filthy. Food is not worth it. They slam everything into greasy wrappers and you have to beg the server to bring you a tiny paper napkin. And the attitude from the servers is another thing. Not a first timer, so it was not a one time thing with this experience.

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Best CONES in town!

The Doumar's history is everywhere on display at the restaurant and is quite entertaining (esp. if old Mr. Doumar is there!) and the cones are still made by hand - the BBQ is just finely minced, not real hot, gotta get it w/the slaw and hot sauce! It tastes great and brings back memories of high school days at Maury, just behind the restaurant!

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Don't believe the hype.

Finally, some people see beyond all the ranting and raving. I frankly don't see why Doumar's is as popular as it is. The barbecue is completely bland. There is absolutely NO way they smoke the meat on premises; there is no smoke flavor, no bark--in fact, the meat tastes like it is purchased in bulk from a food service that knows nothing about proper barbecue. That aside, I've been here on three occasions; each time it was virtually impossible to get the attention of a very inattentive staff. I will NEVER go back here AGAIN.

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they really know NOTHING about NC BBQ

NEVER again. Really shoud be less than one star. Because of all the hype, my husband and I sought this place out this past Friday. It was packed but I have no idea why!!!!! Being from North Carolina, I should have know better than order BBQ. Contrary to what the previous reviewer said, the BBQ here is a far from Eastern NC BBQ as the east is from the west. He must be referring to Lexington BBQ b/c it is absolutely nothing like what is served east of I-95. I have really given it some thought and can not find a truly fitting comparison. This stuff is worse than Old Hickory BBQ in a plastic container. It makes school lunch BBQ seem yummy!!! This stuff gives BBQ a BAD name!!! If you want decent BBQ wait until you can drive 3 hours south. My husband had a cheeseburger that had been cooked sometime that morning and looked like one served in a school cafeteria. The ""special"" ice cream and cones were disappointing as well. This place is a tourist trap. I can not phathom that they have any repeat business.

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A Norfolk Treasure!

Doumar's is part of what makes Norfolk GREAT! I love going here and the service is exceptional! Try the "Ringo" - it's a fun dessert. A secret that only the locals know is that Doumar's sells beer on request.

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Best homemade ice cream!

My hubby stopped at this place due to a few of our friend's recommendations. We tried the pulled pork sandwhich, order of fries, and butter pecan ice cream cone. The sandwhich wasn't bad but we didnt get the extra condiments (bbq sauce, we didnt know you had to ask for) so it was just okay. The meat was very juicy and tender. The fries were typical fries. The ice cream was amazing! My husband had also got a triple thick strawberry shake. This shakes isnt a typical shake. So if you order it, be prepared to eat with a spoon.

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Doumar's has been a family tradition since the 70s. My mother went as a teenager when she was at Granby. In the 80s my mom and dad went there for dates. 90s and beyond were the child years for my sister and I. Now that I can drive and attend Granby, its like deja vu all over agina. I love Doumar's!!!!

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Alway Has Been, Always Will Be the VERYS

After growing up with Doumar's (couldn't wait until my parents would take me there as a child and later driving myself in High School), I returned everytime I came back to visit the Norfolk area! I have taken my husband and all of my children there! Never will be any better ice cream and cones - never will be any better limeade! I have fond memories of the old cone making machine that has been in the front for years! Doumar's is the best excuse for: ""There's no place like home!""

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Like My Mom Used To...

The food is great, especially the limeaid, the bbq, and the ice cream they make there! It's fun to sit in the car, turn on the oldies, and have someone skate up to your car. It's just like my mom used to do about 25 years ago!!

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Ice cream cones, best of South

one can't say more than ""the very best"" - for years it has been the very best !

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Original Sonic

Original Sonic in downtown Norfolk. Leave your lights own and get good bbq and extremley good shake for under 5.00

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Take a trip back in time

A real drive in with Fifties style food and atmosphere. A great family place.

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Cool Local Hangout

We LOVE Doumar's!!! I have been going there for BBQ and ice cream since I was a little kid. Now I take my 3 kids there for the same. They love it just as much as I do. The cones are made fresh every morning by the owner, who has to be at least 80. Now that is dedication!!!

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General Info
Established in 1904, Doumar's Cones & Barbecue is a family-owned and operated company that started as an ice cream business. The company offers shakes in a variety of flavors, such as strawberry, pineapple, banana, vanilla, chocolate, cherry, lime and orange. It provides sliced barbecue, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, steaks, pork rolls, hot dogs and grilled cheese. Doumar's Cones & Barbecue s beverages include tea, coffee, lemonades and soft drinks. The company sells more than 23,000 ice cream cones a day. In addition, its ice cream sundaes include Hawaiian sunset, banana split and hot fudge. Doumar's Cones & Barbecue is located in Norfolk, Va.
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Phone: 757-622-7511

Fax: 757-627-7511

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Barbecue Restaurants, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Dessert Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts, Restaurants
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East 21st Street Monticello

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Other Information

Parking: Lot, Free

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Barbecue, Family Style, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Dessert, Ice Cream

Alcohol: Beer

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Below Average

Good for Kids: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

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