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Doo Wop's Best 50's Diner

Mar 12, 2017 10:55AM
Lisa Deringer has been a collector of ‘50s memorabilia for as long as she can remember. So when she and her husband, Charles, decided to combine their vast restaurant experience with some ‘50s-style décor and fun, the Doo Wop’s Best 50’s Diner was born. The Doo Wop has a large and tasty diner-style menu, but my favorite is breakfast, serving up everything from omelets and pancakes to sausage, corned beef hash, and even steak all day long, while playing great music from the 1950s.

Recently I joined some friends from “The Breakfast Club,” a group which meets weekly on Thursdays at the Doo Wop Diner. This week there were four of us: local musician Dan Voll, boat captain Pajamadave Voorhees, his mother, Carol, and myself. Our server, Stephanie, came right over as we arrived and served us coffee and juice after we sat down.

I ordered a Western Omelet, and I believe Doo Wop’s is the best in the world, although not traditional. A normal Western is made with ham, onions, and peppers, but Doo Wop’s is spilling over with ham, bacon, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese. The Doo Wop cooks pay close attention to their egg dishes. They are always perfectly cooked, delicate, fluffy, and moist. I also ordered Hash Browns, which were super crispy on the outside, and soft and steamy within, just like they should be. A side of deli-style rye toast with butter perfectly completed my breakfast.

And the coffee! You can always judge a diner by its coffee, which should be American-style, fresh, hot, and strong, but not bitter, and served in a heavy mug. Doo Wop’s coffee is all of those things, and we enjoyed a cup or two, along with a glass of orange juice.

Dan ordered the Morning Special, which is two eggs any style with two bacon strips, two sausage links, and grits or hash browns. Carol ordered a Lite Morning Special, which consisted of two eggs served with one sausage link and one bacon strip. But Pajamadave went big that morning with a three-egg Ultimate Omelet, filled with sausage, bacon, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and diced tomatoes, topped with shredded cheddar cheese.

The Breakfast Club agreed that their dishes were perfect, especially the eggs – both Dan and Carol like their eggs served a bit more well done, with thoroughly cooked whites and soft yolks. Dave and Dan like to share their breakfasts, and they swapped some eggs and sausages and such, and a good time was had by all.

When ordering breakfast at Doo Wop, you can order exactly what you want, and their menu is extensive, with several types of toast, English muffins, and bagels. Honey Ham, Country Fried Steak, Belgium Waffles, and Southern Style Grits are welcome menu items, and on the lighter side, they also offer oatmeal and cold cereal.

The Doo Wop is open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, and it is available for catered affairs.  It’s a family-friendly, old-fashioned restaurant that takes me down memory lane every time I go! Visit them at 1120 South 14th Street or call (904) 432-8400.