Dari-Ette Drive In

1440 E. Minnehaha Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55106
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  • $
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • No Parking
You know life is extra sweet when you find yourself eating spaghetti in your car at one of the few remaining old-school drive-ins in the area. Complete with a vintage neon sign, the Dari-Ette is a beloved piece of St. Paul’s East Side’s history, once featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Sure, you can get a classic burger, onion rings, or shake here, but what makes the Dari-Ette extra special is that the restaurant is third-generation, Italian-owned and operated, which is where the Italian specialties like spaghetti and meatballs or hot dago sandwiches come in. In October, before the Dari-Ette closes for the season, it’s also fun to witness the crowds pulling up to purchase the gallons of spaghetti sauce that will help get them through the long winter.

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  • Dari-ette in St. Paul named one of the nation's best drive-ins
    Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 1:06 p.m. by Emily Weiss

    On Sunday, Thrillist National, a digital lifestyle magazine, published a list of the 12 best drive-in restaurants in the country featuring one decades-old spot in St. Paul.See Also:Best Drive-In Restaurant 2009: Dari-ette Drive...

  • Dari-ette Drive-in opens today
    Friday, March 16, 2012 at 12:02 p.m. by Michelle Leon

    Just like the tweeting of the robins and the buds bursting open on the trees, one of the sure signs that spring has arrived is when the beloved Dari-ette Drive-in on St. Paul's East Side opens for the season. ...

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    Friday, July 29, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. by Michelle Leon

    Chocolate Banana Malt$4.62Dari-ette Drive-In1440 E. Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul, 651.776.3470website As one of the few remaining vintage drive-in restaurants in the area, the Dari-ette is a beloved St. Paul institution, serving classic...


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