$10 for $20 Worth of Drive-In Cuisine at Dari-ette Drive In

St. Paul

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$10 for $20 Worth of Drive-In Cuisine

The drive-in's menu specializes in Italian and American food such as the Italiano sandwich, a medley of melted mozzarella, marinara sauce made from an original secret family recipe, and house-made fried sausage ($7). Other options range from corndogs ($2.95) and spicy wings ($6.99) to shrimp dinners with lemon and tartar sauce ($8.79). Desserts include the classic banana split ($3.89), a coffee latte malt ($3.99), and root beer floats ($3.35 – $3.85).

Dari-ette Drive In

When he passed through St. Paul for his popular Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy Fieri made sure to stop at Dari-ette Drive In. Aware of the eatery's reputation for superb Italian-American dishes, the host, during the program's pilot show, asked to try the homemade deep-fried meatballs and pork sausages. Though he seemed a little incredulous about the cooking method at first, one bite had Guy literally licking his fingers while saying, mouth still full, “I like the crunchy outside.”

A whole lot of people, as it turns out, like the crunchy outside. So much so that the drive-in has kept eaters coming back for more than 60 years. Meatball subs, pastas, and mozzarella sticks come with Dari-ette’s classic marinara sauce—an original family recipe that Guy spent the better part of the segment more or less begging the chef for. Beyond Italian specialties, the 1950s-style diner serves American classics, from four-piece fried chicken dinners and 1/3-pound burgers to ice cream treats such as dipped cones and 10 sundae flavors. Waitresses whisk orders to guests parked in the drive-in's 30-spot lot, but seating at indoor booths, an outdoor patio, or atop a stranger's car is also available.

Reviews

The fried chicken was a pleasant surprise -- it might be the best thing on the menu.

Tom S., Yelp, 8/3/12

I would put their red sauce (gravy) right up there with the best.

Shaun R., Yelp, 8/9/12
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    St. Paul

    1440 Minnehaha Ave. E

    St. Paul, Minnesota 55106

    651-776-3470

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In a Nutshell

A 1950s-style drive-in with menu-boards at each parking spot specializes in malts, fried meatballs, and Italian and American food

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Must purchase a food item. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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