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Amelia Islander

Doo Wop's Best 50s Diner

Nov 10, 2014 04:29PM
When I walk into the Doo Wop Diner on a weekday morning, The Drifters are singing “Up on the Roof,” Happy Days is playing on the television, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee awakens my senses, and I feel like I’m home. Yes, home again, back in the 1950s, where baby boomers—and French fries—were born. The Doo Wop’s Best 50s Diner is the only place on Amelia Island where you can get true diner treats like burgers, fries, and shakes, delicious homemade meatloaf and roast turkey, all served in ‘50s-style fun.

There’s always a lot of energy at the Doo Wop, and it’s usually pretty busy, but I have never had to wait for a table or a seat at the counter because their service is fast. I was greeted by Heather when I came in, who suggested a cup of coffee, and I settled in with Doo Wop’s vast menu. The diner serves breakfast all day long, and since it was still quite early in the day, I was hankering for some eggs. But owner Lisa Deringer suggested I try their Country Fried Steak and Eggs combo, and I was certainly up for that. The Doo Wop’s eggs are always perfectly cooked. I like mine over-light so I can dip my toast in them, and you can get any type of toast you wish, in my case, rye. The steak is coated in a batter and fried (some people call it chicken-fried steak) and it is served with homemade country gravy. The steak was superbly cooked—super crispy on the outside and tender inside, still slightly pink, just as it should be—and the gravy was out of this world. Sometimes country gravy is over-salted, but Derringer knows what she’s doing in the kitchen, and it was divine. The dish was served with hash browns, the best on the island.

Speaking of hash browns, another one of my favorite Doo Wop menu items is “The Chubby Checker,” and I discovered it’s their very best-selling breakfast item. Loaded hash browns with two eggs any style are served with a biscuit and smothered with sausage gravy. I also love their omelettes, and their pancakes are light and fluffy. On this particular morning, I decided to have a side of pancakes with butter and syrup, the perfect way to top off my big Doo Wop breakfast!

But don’t forget Doo Wop is known for their real, ‘50s ice cream treats, like Root Beer Floats and Banana Splits. After my breakfast I bought a Chocolate Malt to take to a friend, always a surprising and welcome treat. Doo Wop’s shakes are so thick you almost need a spoon to eat them!

Deringer and her talented staff are cooking up some true diner favorites, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They grind their own coffee beans, scoop their own ice cream, and greet their customers with old-fashioned, 1950s-style hospitality. For more information, call (904) 432-8400 or view their menu at They also offer catering for all occasions. The Doo Wop is located at 1120 South 14th Street.