Beginning just two days ago, November 1st, our fan favorite Egg Nog shakes went on sale. We have served this particular seasonal shake for the past 82 years and we are looking forward to a busy 83rd.
The Egg Nog shake, served with whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg, is such a big hit that many of our regular customers vie to be served the very first one of the season. This year’s first shake went to John Sires.
As a matter of fact, John was parked curbside at 5 a.m. in order to be first in line. Interestingly, Thad Doumar was driving up to check on the place after receiving a call from the alarm company. We are happy to report, John’s car was the only thing amiss. I guess being an early bird does have its advantages!
This month, a panel of taste testers drove across Norfolk and Virginia Beach to discover the best sundae in Hampton Roads. With a score of 95 points (15 points higher than the runner-up), Doumar’s Ringo Sundae was the grand winner.
The Ringo has been a longtime favorite for many of the historic diner’s most loyal customers. A blend of homemade Maola vanilla ice cream and crushed waffle cones, topped with hot fudge and a big red cherry, the Ringo is always sure to be a real crowd pleaser. At only $3.40, it’s also a delicious dessert that’s easy on your wallet. As one panelist commented: “Sometimes you pay for the experience; a sundae at Doumar’s is an old world experience. A treasure of Hampton Roads!”
Interested in the life of Albert Doumar and the history of Norfolk’s landmark diner? Journalist Selene D. Guerrero spent a day with Albert and wrote all about it in the May 2013 issue of Distinction Magazine. You can read the full article here.
Rock Girl Gina knew just where to go to capture the retro feel she wanted for her pin-up girl photo shoot: Doumar’s, Hampton Roads’ historic diner and drive-in. Gina came down on a 30 degree day in January, but she was a great sport! Follow this link to see Rock Girl Gina’s photos taken by Mergin Photography at Doumar’s.
In 2010, the TV documentary, “Doumars: A Recipe for Success,” was broadcast across public television stations. Produced by Norfolk’s own Danny Epperson at WHRO-TV 15, the documentary was also nominated for an Emmy in 2009. This short film gives the full, inside scoop with details on customer favorites, Doumar’s long history, and much more!
Click here to check out this great documentary for yourself.
The Orange Freeze (a blend of vanilla ice cream, orange sherbet, soda water and sugar) has been a classic Doumar’s favorite for decades. Now, you can enjoy this beloved, refreshing dessert at home by following the Orange Freeze recipe on the Food Network, posted by our very own, Thad Doumar. With four simple ingredients and one easy step, this recipe will keep you cool and happy all summer long!
In the summer of 2008, Dou’s had the great honor of being featured on the Food Network TV show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri. Abe and Thad Doumar had a great time showing Guy around the kitchen and teaching him how Dou’s famous waffle cones are made each and every day. Guy loved Dou’s so much that he even visited twice!
Click here to see our segment on the episode “Brain Freeze” for yourself.
In 2008, Doumar’s celebrated a century of serving Hampton Roads the best ice cream in waffle cones, homemade barbecue, hamburgers, and much more! To mark this important passage, Terry Entertainment put together a twenty-minute documentary of Doumar’s remarkable story. With a rich history that sheds light on Norfolk’s own dramatic story through the past 100 years, this short documentary is sure to entertain. Interviews with Thad Doumar, Randy Windely, and Abe Doumar also give insight into the workings of this strong family business.