Norfolk Food Map 101:

Merna and Catherine's complete guide to Norfolk for foodies

Mary Douglas Wilson and Catherine Kim

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Believe it or not, Norfolk is a culinary Mecca. From retro diners to trendy cafes, the food scene is one-of-a-kind. For the rest of the year, The Oak Leaf will introduce some of the food landmarks of Norfolk and give it a score based on customer service, atmosphere and the taste of their most famous items.

Doumar’s is the oldest diner in Norfolk, dating back to 1904. While it is best known for being the birthplace of ice cream cones, their grilled cheeses are a local favorite as well.

Taste: A ton of butter is used to grill the bread, and one can never go wrong with butter. It gives the outer layer of the bread a crisp finish and aesthetically pleasing grill marks while boosting the inner layer’s rich cheesiness.

Atmosphere: Doumar’s is the typical old-fashioned diner. The plastic booths, black and white tiles and vinyl chairs make it seem like a scene from the movie “Grease.” Yet there’s something comforting about the tacky and outdated interior that is reminiscent of the 1950s.

Service: How many places do you know of that provide curb service? The fact that they bring your food to your car alone is enough to give them a five out of five.




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