This Saturday, the Fida family is marking 60 years of flipping burgers and stirring red sauce at their one-and-only Dari-ette Drive-in.
The festivities kick off at 11 a.m. and run through 10:30 p.m. Highlights include a live broadcast of WDGY from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by DJ spins (by KFAI disc jockeys) and a roster of free live music in the parking lot, including N3do (2:45 p.m.), The Unholy Three (4 p.m.), M.O.R.T (5 p.m.), The Tremblers (6 p.m.), Kinda Kinky (7 p.m.) and Swing Dogs (8:15 p.m.).
My suggestion: Order a Burger-ette (the Fida family's answer to the Big Mac, a supremely messy stack of lettuce, tomatoes, American cheese, mayo and a 1/3-pounds of beef, all stuffed inside a sesame seed bun), a creme de mint or a black raspberry malt (or meatball rigatoni and fried chicken) and enjoy the party.
The Dari-ette is located at 1440 E. Minnehaha Av. (about three blocks east of Johnson Parkway) in St. Paul, 651-776-3470.