New props for an old classic: St. Paul's Dari-ette among best U.S. drive-ins


A website that caters to young men is paying tribute to an old Minnesota drive-in.

As the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports, has named the Dari-ette one of the best in the country.

Like many drive-ins, the seasonal restaurant on St. Paul's east side is a place where you order your food through a speaker and receive it from a car hop. But at the Dari-ette that food is as likely to be spaghetti as it is a burger or ice cream.

Owner Angela Fida tells the Business Journal the place her grandfather started in 1951 is one of the few American drive-ins that serve spaghetti. Or meatball sandwiches or pizza burgers. Or a gallon of sauce for you to drive off with. Look, it's right here on their menu:

Ten spaghetti-less drive-ins also made the grade from Thrillist. Find their gallery here.

The Dari-ette is only open from spring through fall. But (what are the chances?) the website uses a photo that pictures the restaurant during a snowy Minnesota winter.

Accolades have made their way to the Dari-ette before.

The Food Network's Guy Fieri featured it on Diners Drive-ins and Dives.

The Dari-ette segment starts at 17:45. Or start with his visit to Al's Breakfast in Minneapolis at 12:40.

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