Doumar's Cones & Barbecue

★★★★☆
  • 1919 Monticello Ave

    Norfolk, VA 23517

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  • 757-627-4163

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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

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★★★★★

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

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

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The headline explains it all.

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The headline explains it all.

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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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★☆☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Inexpensive eats

Cons: Terrible bbq, extremely crowded, lengthy waits

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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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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.

Pros: speed

Cons: crowded, low quality food

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Doumar's is authentically vintage. I can't imagine Norfolk without it. The root beer floats and milkshakes are mouth watering. It's in a shady part of town, but oh well. It's still wonderful.

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★★★★☆

Doumar's is authentically vintage. I can't imagine Norfolk without it. The root beer floats and milkshakes are mouth watering. It's in a shady part of town, but oh well. It's still wonderful.

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When we moved here all we heard was how great this place was. We went and we were disappointed, the second and third time- same thing. The food isn't bad, but it's not wonderful. It's reputation is great but the food isn't.

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When we moved here all we heard was how great this place was. We went and we were disappointed, the second and third time- same thing. The food isn't bad, but it's not wonderful. It's reputation is great but the food isn't.

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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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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.

Pros: Ice cream, excellent service, cheap eats

Cons: Greasy food

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I can remember going there as a kid and eating, just as much as I go now. I don't know how long it has been around, but it is still just a good.
I recommend the "Vanilla Reggie" which is a thick Vanilla icecream with the cone ground into it...you eat it with a spoon. A twist on an old classic.
The BBQ sandwich is also very good!

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I can remember going there as a kid and eating, just as much as I go now. I don't know how long it has been around, but it is still just a good.
I recommend the "Vanilla Reggie" which is a thick Vanilla icecream with the cone ground into it...you eat it with a spoon. A twist on an old classic.
The BBQ sandwich is also very good!

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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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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!!!!

Pros: Old-fashioned service, Atmosphere is great, Food is wonderful

Cons: Always crowded

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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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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!"

Pros: Great Ice Cream, Great Service, Great Memories

Cons: ALwys Crowded!

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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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★★★★★

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!!

Pros: inexpensive, eat in car!, never too crowded

Cons: not open sun..i think

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

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

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

Pros: ice cream

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

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

Pros: Atmosphere, Location, Food

Cons: Crowded at times

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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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★★★★★

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!!!

Pros: BBQ, Ice Cream, Service

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Open since 1934, this is the country's oldest drive-in and a national landmark. Nostalgia buffs will be drawn to the orange awning outside and orange vinyl stools and booths inside, not to mention the carhops, some of whom have been here…

 

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