Illustration for article titled The Worlds First Waffle Cone Machine Is Still in Operation

There’s no better way to top off a meal of Carolina-style barbecue than plunging your face into a big, dripping scoop of ice cream in a fresh, warm waffle cone. America knows this pleasure thanks to Abe Doumar who unveiled the first waffle cone machine at the 1904 World’s Fair. And thanks to Doumar’s family, you can still eat a cone from the original machine.


The original waffle cone machine lives at “Doumar’s,” the restaurant in Norfolk, Virginia where great grandpa Abe’s family still sells ice cream, shakes, barbecue, burgers, and all things that are good. But nothing is as impressive as that immortal waffle cone maker, still churning out happiness after 111 years. This cone’s for you, Abe!

[Atlas Obscura]

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