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Dari-ette in St. Paul named one of the nation's best drive-ins

Drive-In marinara gets some national exposure
Drive-In marinara gets some national exposure
Courtesy Dari-ette Facebook page

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.

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Dari-ette Drive-In on St. Paul's East Side is a family-run and family-owned 1950s-style diner that's been serving the neighborhood for over 60 years. In addition to burgers, dogs, onion rings, and the other expected dine-in-your-car type of fare, Dari-ette is known for its Italian-American food. You can order a hot dago, bowl of spaghetti, or spicy Italian sausage from the speakerbox and a friendly carhop will bring it right to your parking spot.

The Drive-In saw a big spike in business after they were featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives along with Al's Breakfast, another long-standing local tradition. Fast-forward to the five minute mark to see the Dari-ette bit.


Dari-ette is open seasonally from April through October, which means you can go get that chocolate banana malt after dinner tonight. You know you're thinking about it.
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