HOME > Chowhound > Minneapolis-St. Paul >


Onion rings - MSP

  • b

I'm relatively new to Chowhound, so if the subject of onion rings has been recently examined, tell me and I'll wait for a decent interval.

But, failing that, where can I find onion rings that haven't been hopelessly mistreated. Onion rings that are actually ONION...RINGS instead of extruded or reassembled or God knows what and have been fried in oil somewhere close to the optimal temperature for something approximating the proper length of time and are...well, you get the picture.

Any suggestions will be appreciated.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. To clarify: do you like the wide cut or thin cut, tempura style batter (smooth) or the crunchy, rolled in ground up corn flakes type coating (rough)? It's kind of like pizza and fries -- there are some pretty diverse definitions of "greatness".

    That said, and shocking I know, the Red Robin burger places have pretty good onion rings in my opinion. They're wide cut, thick, and have the rough coating. That's my onion ring style preference, so it works for me.

    The Gold Nugget out in Minnetonka has thin, tempura style that people swear by. I've had them and they're fine, but it's hard to not have that stringy quality with thin onion rings. The bigger ones in the container were a bit too chewy for me.

    I'm sure I'm forgetting many notable ones I've had -- I'm looking forward to seeing other replies.

    1 Reply
    1. re: MSPD

      Thanks for the warning about The Gold Nugget. I was there for the first time a few weeks and had fries with my burger. The burger was fine (not worth driving across town for) but I didn't like the fries at all. Undercooked. I planned to order onion rings next time but perhaps I'll stay away from those as well and just get another beer.

      I think the onion rings at Skinner's Pub in St. Paul are pretty good. Although I only had a few as I stole them off someone else's plate.

    2. You might try the Wild Onion on Grand Ave in St. Paul. I was always skeptical of this place, but I've been pleasantly surprised when I've eaten there with coworkers. It's pretty good for bar & grill type food!
      They have the smooth flour batter-type rings. They're presented very dramatically, in a leaning tower anchored by a long skewer. Good luck!

      Disclaimer: This recommendation is based on a) my visual observation of the rings (they looked fabulous), and b) my coworker's testament that they were really good.

      1. My all-time favorite rings are at Porky's on University Ave. in St. Paul. A single ring is put on top of each burger, but I usually buy a separate side as well.

        They were also served at Nora's and may still be served at Tryg's on West Lake Street in Minneapolis near Lake Calhoun.


        11 Replies
        1. re: Bob S.

          Porky's is not the same anymore. I had their onion rings last month and they were absolutely terrible. You're living in the past even mentioning that place.

          1. re: Davydd

            That's really too bad. I haven't been there in over a year, so I didn't know that it had changed so drastically.


          2. re: Bob S.

            I'm with you Bob S - Porky's, even if it has gone down hill. There is just something about them that is unlike any other.

            I also like the onion straws at 5-8.

            1. re: ssioff

              Here's some Porky's onion rings for ya! :)

              1. re: Davydd

                Makes me want to run out and get an order. Thanks Davydd.

                1. re: Davydd

                  So has your opinion changed on Porky's or their onion rings, Davydd?

                  1. re: bob s

                    The onion rings were actually terrible, overly greasy and stuck together. I'll never go back to Porky's. First of all it is just a cheap take out place and no longer a traditional drive-in. The pork tenderloin sandwich I had there was the worst I've had in the Twin Cities against over 30 other restaurants. It is nothing but a tired fast food joint that has cut its cost to the bone and living off the goodwill of the past for unsuspecting patrons that might believe the press clippings of decades ago. Sorry, telling it like it is.

                    1. re: Davydd

                      That's fine. I was just surprised to see that you had posted a picture of the rings from Porky's given your 2006 statements above! I've been back since my 2006 statements - I still like the rings, but most of the other stuff is still pretty bad.

                        1. re: Davydd

                          Yes - I don't know if it says more about me or the onion rings, but they look like they always do... ;-0

                          1. re: Davydd

                            I also thought they looked awesome in the photo...Made me want to eat onion rings.

                            If you want to make someone not eat onion rings, show a picture of Burger King rings...worst. on. the. planet.

              2. I typically don't go out of my way to order onion rings, because of the objections raised so far. Take one bite, and you pull the whole onion out of its shell, leaving just the batter for the remaining bites.

                However, recently I ordered the Cook's Revenge at the Triple Rock, and it came with onion rings. I was actually pretty impressed with them, and even mentioned this to my dining companion at the time. The batter was a little thick, but they were really done perfectly. Each bite had both onion and ring, and the inside melted away effortlessly.

                You might also consider one of the local Japanese restaurants (Midori's being our current favorite) and see if they can do a batch of tempura onion rings for you... they would probably do them well, with a lighter batter than Triple Rock, depending on what you prefer.

                1. The Onion Rings at the Town Talk Diner look amazing, those would be the real deal. (If you really want to go deep fried crazy, get their fried cheese curds too.)

                  1. Well, if you are open to different shapes, then might I suggest the onion strings at the 5-8 Club? I like them, and prefer them to their mediocre onion rings.

                    1 Reply
                    1. re: fish

                      i get the walleye basket at 5-8 probably once a week at lunch. it comes with serviceable home fries. next time i'll get the upgrade to the o-rings! thanks for the tip.

                    2. Gluek's on 6th between Hennepin and 1st Ave, across from Block E in downtown Minne.

                      Big fat smooth-battered yummy greasy o-rings, just the way I like 'em! Wash 'em down with some of their famous home-made beer. Go on a Thursday night and rock to the sounds of Hookers and Blow. Does it get any better than this?

                      1. The Lexington and the Cherokee Sirloin room have very good, real onion rings. However, they are a bit spendy -(about $7)for a large plate full.

                        1. v

                          Mannings Cafe offers up some very odd onion rings, almost like onion doughnuts. Both an acquired taste and a guaranteed hangover cure. I haven't been there for years but I can't imagined it's changed much.

                          Mannings Cafe
                          2200 Como Ave SE
                          (651) 331-1053

                          1. Psycho Suzy's.

                            Best onion rings Category:Smooth coat.

                            Town Talk's are good but if I have to travel to onion rings, which I have to do for both, I'll take Psycho Suzy's every time.

                            1. The Lake Street Garage in Mpls has wonderful onion rings - at least, they were wonderful as of my last visit 1.5 years ago. Perfect with a burger and a root beer float on a warm sunny day.


                              1. The 5-8 Club has great, pretty non-greasy o-rings. The rest of the food is not worth commenting on though.

                                1. Buster's on 28th has by far the best onion rings I've ever tasted. I haven't had any at the establishments mentioned here but I would wholeheartedly recommend Buster's

                                  Buster's on 28th
                                  4204 28th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                                  5 Replies
                                  1. re: keithinmpls

                                    Buster's are very good (and hand dipped to order), but can be pretty greasy.

                                    1. re: keithinmpls

                                      This is only from a one time visit but they were very disappointing. They were enormous (a good thing) the crust was poofy (also a good thing)> But the coating was barely attached and was falling off and the onions were not fully cooked, still quite hard.

                                      Jfood will try again as the burger was outstanding, but his one time try was less than great.


                                      1. re: jfood

                                        I think the prep makes them that way. From what I could tell, the rings (raw) are sitting in a tub. When ordered, they are dipped (in batter only, no flour that I saw) and straight into the oil. I could be wrong, since my view was somewhat obstructed, but this would cause a loose crust.

                                        1. re: jfood

                                          I'd try the chips before venturing back to the rings. Fresh, zesty with salt and pepper, and a nice dip on the side (which is also great on the burger).

                                          1. re: kevin47

                                            Absolutely. The chips are the star of the show, with the fries second and rings third.

                                      2. Seriously, Leo's in Stillwater. It's worth the drive. They are the best onion rings I ever had, and I do lurves me some onion rings. It is a malt shop type place on the main drag. They are almost sweet, with a tempura type batter coating. The onions inside are perfectly cooked, with just the tiniest bit of bite. I tend to hate the rings which don't maintain their shape, but are flaccid, greasy messes.

                                        1. They've both been mentioned already, but Pyscho Suzi's in Northeast hand batters onion rings to order, as featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

                                          Town Talk Diner also sells some pretty excellent onion rings.

                                          Town Talk Diner
                                          2707 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55406

                                          1. Since this thread has been resurrected and I can't seem to find mention of them here, I feel obliged to praise Mac's Industrial's very non-traditional "Burning Ring of Fire". More like onion-straws than rings: of the crunchy variety they are a bit greasier than I'd like, but they compliment a beer like nobodies business.

                                            3 Replies
                                            1. re: Foureyes137

                                              Serum's Bar in Anoka has great onion rings.

                                              1. re: Foureyes137

                                                I've had the "fried plate of death" at Mac's and these onion straws were part of this sampler plate. I'd agree that they were a little greasy, and I would further agree that they were well paired with some beer. I'd get them again.

                                                1. re: Foureyes137

                                                  dude. i love the mac's super-thin spicy onion rings as well. the polar opposite to the fat hand-dipped ring style above, and delicious.

                                                2. 5-8 club by far. Crisp well battered rings. cooked until chrisp but not gressy. These are medium cut rings with a breading batter but the best I have had anywhere

                                                  1. Buffalo Tap in Burnsville has decent onion rings, but Pyscho Suzie's are the BEST.

                                                    Buffalo Tap
                                                    4990 W 123rd St, Savage, MN 55378