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Aug 26, 2006 06:17 PM

Fav Onion Rings in Boston area

The 2 versions that I'm going to include here- I have not heard mentioned on previous years' posts.I've been enjoying these for years and wanted to share w/ youall.

Sonsie on Newbury Street, in addition to consistently innovative and delicious food, has just the BEST onion rings- for me. They are smoked in a small smoker, then coated w/ flour and fried. no batter.
I get them takeout and they keep a good week or more in the frig.I reheat them in a toaster oven, on a bak. pan, covered with a disposable alum.take-out pan(so they heat to get crispy, but don't burn); oven set on Bake at 350 degrees- ready in 7 plus minuites. YAY!!

Lucy's Wok and Noodle at Huntington Ave/Mass Ave corner.Wonderful toothsome noodle dishes and so many other things. Their Rodeo Rings are spicy crisp, again no thick batter, and perfectly accompanied by a super chipotle catsup.

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  1. I know that the most overrated onion rings are Bartley's. Those are onion strings, not onion rings!

    I'm definitely a thick onion ring fan. I must say, chain or not, the ones at Flemings are quite yummy, and about the size of donuts.

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    1. re: tamerlanenj

      I humbly disagree re: Bartley's -- much prefer the emphasis on the onion rather than batter, they're onions rings, not batter rings.

      On a different note, the onion blossom at Frank's is surprising good. Not rings, but battered and deep fried all the same.

      1. re: limster

        I enjoyed the Bartley's rings as well, for the emphasis on the onion. I've not been to many places with good onion rings though, most of the bar food 'rings I've had are the typical Sysco kind =(

        I think the batter vs. onion debate is much like the fries vs 'rings debate, matter of preference, and something that must be differentiated when discussed.

        1. re: Nechushtan

          It's also a sub-regional preference: the portion of the New England coast south of Portland tends to have a strong preference for merely dredging onion rings (either in seasoned flour or flour/cornmeal*), whereas the more more northerly coast prefers batter. (Why is the coast an issue? Because onion rings are a definitive clam/lobster shack thing, even more than a burger thing, that's why.) I strongly prefer dredged rather than battered rings.

          * Though you might get more flavor if the onions themselves were seasoned rather than the flour/batter....

    2. I had the Blackjack burger and the half and half at R.F. O'Sullvan's last night. The onion rings are really good. Not the best I've ever had, but quite tasty. I only wish you could order only rings with your burger.

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      1. re: Dreamworks

        Gotta disagree with Dreamworks on the RFO rings -- I think they're nothing special (and BTW you can order them with your burger) -- and with tamerlanenj on the Bartley's rings -- call 'em whatever you want, but I think they're pretty darn good.

        1. re: Blumie

          You can absolutely order just rings at O'Sullivans - I do it all the time as I do not enjoy their fries.

          Love the onion rings there. Also enjoy the rings at the Bristol Lounge - nice and thick!

        2. re: Dreamworks

          Odd -- I was at RFO on Friday night. I had the cheddar and onion burger, which defaults with all onion rings, and my other two friends who did not order the same were offered the option of fries, rings or half and half (they both opted for half and half).

          I'm actually not nuts on the RFO rings either -- they're OK, but nothing spectacular and also a bit overbattered to my taste. I've always had a soft spot for the Bartley's stuff, but then I've always had a soft spot for Bartley's in general.


        3. I don't usually order onion rings, so I don't have much in town to compare them to, but I enjoyed the ones that came with the pulled pork torta I recently ordered off the bar menu at Gargoyles. The batter was very crisp and light-tasting, though it adhered somewhat unevenly to the onion slices and some of the rings were stuck to each other. Just thought I'd mention them in case you haven't tried them yet and would like to see how they compare....

          1. woodman's in essex - crispy and greasy - so good. we never go their for clams, etc. anymore, but once a summer, i have to make the drive for the o-rings!

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            1. re: NoShoGrl

              Totally agree. Love their onion rings. Given the lines, prices, and other great places in the areas, there is little reason to go there, but the onion rings, omfg, so good.

              The batter is unlike what I've encountered elsewhere, and I absolutely love them.

              1. re: DoubleMan

                One thing that might make the rings at Woodman's different than most is that I believe they use real lard for their frying. Not a bad thing in my book!

            2. My fav onion rings in the area are at The Paddock in Somerville. Absolutely delicious. Great bar pizza there, too.