St. Paul >Food & Dining > Dari-ette Drive In
1440 E Minnehaha Ave, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510644.962860 -93.039905
Neighborhoods: Dayton's Bluff
YOU GUYS! The Dari-ette is old-school and delicious. I'm an Eastsider and the Dair-ette is a tradition in our house. At least one Thursday a month I host "family dinner night" with my friends and we LOVE the Dari-ette! I'm a huge believer in their fried chicken, but as you've been told in the reviews above, it takes 30 mins, so call ahead. Their ice cream flurries are a no-brainer- as they fill it with a candy bars-worth of candy! AND, the crunch coat machine is adorable. I get a crunch cone just so I can watch it in action. Go there now.
Best Lil' Drive~In on the East Side :) – My mother works in St. Paul, on 7th St. Most every nite I take my mom home from work (and I live in Eagan). She lives a couple miles away from the Dari~ette, and this is the place she wants to visit for her late nite dinner. The Dari~ette Drive In is quaint (charming) and has better than home made food. The menu is even bigger and better than most restaurants. My mother and I enjoy sitting outside the Dari~ette, having good food and enjoying good conversation.
Great place to take a date, your family, grandparents or even when your walking your dog...cuz they have places to sit outside.
The Dari~ette is not only cute but they have awesome, yummy food :)
Enjoy ~ Peg
So back in September I bought a coupon for 1/2 price food, ($15.00 value for $7.50) only to find out that, unlike a typical DQ that serves food throughout the winter months, they close for the winter, and my coupon expires in February 2012!! I have two words to say "RIP OFF!" Will they be honoring these online deals when they open next season? I doubt it, as they refuse to even discuss it with me,..NICE CUSTOMER SERVICE! If not, why would they offer a deal with an expiration date four months AFTER they close, (and probably a month or more before they re-open!?!) I would just like to add that the website where I purchased this made no mention of their closing for the winter, it only gave an expiration date next February, which is what I based my purchase on! They have since deleted all of my posts and requests on Facebook to honor their discount coupon that I paid for!~
Great Fried Chicken – The food is great, but call ahead if you are in a hurry. They make the stuff fresh, if you want McDonalds don't come here as they cook it as they get the order and they get busy. Give them about a 1/2 hour for the chicken but since Jerry's is gone on White Bear this is now the best fried chicken around.
Dairyette is awesome – Old school drive in with great burgers, root beer floats and sandwiches. Tried the spaghetti and meatballs last fall and was happily surprised at how delicious it was - thick sauce with a really rich flavor. Garlic cheese toast almost didn't make it home with the rest of the to go order.
Excellent Food, Top Quality, Very Clean – The Dari-Ette is a staple of the East Side of St. Paul. The business is built on family values and doesn't sacrifice quality. As a former employee (many years ago) I know that the owner will never sacrifice quality in ingredients and it will always be the cleanest place that you will ever eat. I look forward to the opening every year and drive 25 + miles to get there. Yes, sometimes it pays to call ahead because the wait may be long but sometimes patience is necessary when you are doing buisiness with a small establishment. This is not a chain restaurant and all items are made to order. The prices could be less expensive too if the owners chose to use cheap ingredients but that wouldn't be the Dari-Ette way. I recommend the Dari-Ette to everyone who appreciates excellent food and family tradition.
I've been going here since the 60's – I Live in Delano now (was an eastider) and I still drive there once in a while. May not make the trip anymore since they changed the Bread on the Italian sandwich, very unhappy about that. Checkout the bread at Cossettas Hot Italian sandwich, makes all the difference. Hope you change it. sorry
Over Priced and Overrated – This was always a favorite spot when we were kids, so I thought it would be fun to take my own children. BAD IDEA. We waited over an hour for our food. People who came in 20 minutes after we did got their food before us. Not only is the food just average, it is way over priced. I would not recommend, especially with hungry children.
Definately worth the trip – We went here after seeing it on Food Network because my husband wanted to try the Italian Sausage sandwich and I wanted the meatball sandwich. It was a 25 mile trip one way and, let me tell you, it was more than worth it. The waitress was very friendly and we got our food in a timely manner. They have the best meatballs and sausage and the tastiest sauce. We will go back and visit again.
Not as good as I was led to believe – I visited the Dari-ette on 8/15/07 after seeing it on the Food Network and I have to say it isn't all that it was made out to be. The food is good, but not fabulous, and the service I received was rediculous. I ordered their "famous" fried chicken. On the menu board is says "allow 20 minutes cooking time". Well, I waited an hour and 15 minutes for my order. I finally told the young man car hopping that if I didn't have my order in 10 minutes I was leaving. Now, were they busy? Yes, but my grip was that the cars that came in on both sides of me arrived 15 minutes after me, received their food and leisurely ate it; 15-20 minutes, and my food didn't arrive for another 20 minutes. If my order was started in the correct order then I should have gotten my food 10-15 minutes after them, not 40. Since the food was not any better than I can get at other places, I don't know if I will try it again. First impressions are really important.
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