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Where to go for great onion rings in L. A.? Not shoestring. Batter dipped, but no bread crumbs. Thank you.

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  1. That's a good question. Was in Dallas last week and scarfed a large order of the best rings I've had in a long time. Very plump, sweet onions deep-fried in grease, not oil. And plenty of rise in the ring, crusty and chewy.

    There's a place in Hollywood called Wangs, or Big Wnags, not sure. But they had some impressive onion rings.

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    1. re: hulaboy

      I am from Dallas and would like to know where you had such great onion rings?

    2. Had great onion rings the other day at the Habit-hamburger shop. I'm not a connoisseur but, they sure were yummy, crispy and not at all greasy. Went really well with my ahi burger on sourdough! :)KQ www.habitburger.com

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      1. re: Kitchen Queen

        I agree . The Habit has the best onion rings. Always crispy and never soggy or greasy. I think they are made with breadcrumbs, though.

      2. I have it on good authority that one of the best onion ring(s) can be found at The Bowery which is a good hip spot on the south side of Sunset just east of Vine.

        I like the ones from Farmer Boys, an inland empire fast food chain which has their LA location downtown on Alameda. They also have fried zucchini, also very good.

        1. I love Burger King's onion rings. I hate onion rings where when you eat it, the entire piece of onions come out and you get a piece of onion and a piece of batter. The BK ones are perfect. They are crisp enough so that they chew off and are tasty.

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          1. re: WHills

            I suggest two places. Opposites in the CH world. Millie's and Flemings. Both excellent O.R. Millies is a whole lot cheaper though. The Millie's by me in Simi is really good I must admit. And overall I hate chains.

          2. Couple of places come to mind: Wolfe Burger and 101 Coffee Shop. Both beer-battered, the way they should be.

            Wolfe Burger
            46 N. Lake Ave.
            Pasadena
            (626) 792-7292.

            101 Coffee Shop
            6145 Franklin Ave.
            Los Angeles
            (323) 467-1175

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Agree whole heartedly with the Wolfe Burger req. They are the best!

              1. Damon & Pythias
                Barney's Burgers

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                1. re: techbod

                  Not a fan of the Barney's Burger onion rings. The ones I had at the Brentwood Country Mart were over cooked and overpriced.

                  1. re: FKA Andrew

                    I love the Barney's Gourmet Hamburgers onion rings. Light and not greasy, great onions. But whenever I go, I usually end up getting the Spicy Curly Fries - my favorite there. I only go to the Barrington/San Vicente location, never been to the Country Mart one.

                    Mastro's steakhouse in Beverly Hills also has great ones, called "Colossal Onion Rings" - these are by far the best I've ever ever had. In general I think steakhouses really know their onion rings.

                2. I don't know if you have a Wahoo's Fish Tacos up there, but down here in the OC they're a chain of healthy surfer type grub. And the onion rings are fantastic!!

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                  1. re: kingkong5

                    I like wahoo's onion rings too, but I am a sucker for beer battered version with sweet onions.

                    I hate the Farmer Boy's version - I think they are cornmeal crusted. Tried Wolfe Burger and Ruth Chris' versions a while back and didn't like them either.

                    1. re: kingkong5

                      There's a Wahoo's on the north side of Wilshire between Barrington and Bundy. Haven't been there though.

                    2. Kathy's Deli Restaurant in Santa Clarita on Lions. Also good Deli sandwiches.

                      1. Twohey's in Alhambra on Atlantic. Top's and Jim's Burgers also have good onion rings

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                        1. re: crystaw

                          I went to Twoheys just for their onion rings. They were underdone and their batter was this weird foamy thing. Not my thing at all... :P

                          --Dommy!

                        2. Connals in Pasadena and Hi Life Burgers in South Pasadena....also like the mongo red onion rings served at Crocodile Cafe.

                          1. Zeke's BBQ at La Brea and Santa Monica is the best based on my recent Onion Ring tasting.

                            1. Arroyo Chophouse in Pasadena.

                              1. had amazing, huge, juicy and perfect onion rings last night at redwood in downtown. really fantastic, just what you are looking for...

                                1. Good Stuff at Olympic and Bundy has great onion rings.

                                  1. Edendale Grill hands down has the best onion rings in town. They are tremendous. Dakota, the steakhouse in The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, used to have very good ones as well, though I have not been there in a while so I am not sure if they are still the same. (I eat Edendale's onion rings at their gorgeous bar at least once a month.) I am also a huge fan of Bowery, but I am not a big fan of their onion rings. Theirs have more of that 'puffy, slightly gummy batter' (I am not sure how else to describe it) that you find with a lot of onion rings. Try Edendale. Just go to the bar, order a cocktail and get an order of onion rings. They come with an excellent homemade, spicy ketchup on the side.

                                    1. Kate Mantellini's at Doheny and Wilshire in Beverly Hills has outstanding onion rings. Big juicy slices, cooked crispy, not greasy, and dusted with crunchy fried sage.

                                      1. i second burger king's onion rings. also ask for the cheese sauce.

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                                        1. re: lapchern

                                          Aren't the onion rings at BK breaded, as opposed to beer battered?

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            I believe they are. Delicious, but probably not what the OP seeks.

                                        2. I second Wolfe's Burgers in Pasadena. I tried them this weekend and I was surprised. Well battered rings, plump and tasty with little grease. It was a large order compared to Larry's in Burbank. Larry's is also Battered but the onions were a lot thinner and the batter more home made like.
                                          Another good place for onion rings is Art's the Art of the Burgers in El Monte. Breaded rings that taste like they were made that day. The rings are tasty and they are fried perfectly so no eating an UGLY dark brown ring. Very Crispy!
                                          Personally I can't stand Burger King's rings, they are too small and just NOT natural. Where in the WORLD do they get an onion THAT small and that perfect. It's like they perfected an onion LOG or something. To me they just don't have any taste.

                                          Larry's Chili Dog & Grill
                                          3122 W. Burbank Blvd.
                                          Burbank Ca. 91505
                                          818 84 0244
                                          Closed Sundays

                                          Art's the Art of Burgers
                                          11629 E. Valley Blvd.
                                          El Monte Ca. 91732
                                          626 442 7554

                                          1. Frisco's Fifties Diner, City of Industry, good burgers, unlimited cherry/chocolate cokes.

                                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/49221...

                                              1. Ambers Chicken corner of Burbank and Balboa. Crispy all the way through, not too thin, not too thick. Just the right amount of batter.

                                                1. Love the ones from the Hat! Excellent! :)

                                                  --Dommy!

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                                                  1. re: Dommy

                                                    Yeah, their rings are excellent, and their fries, real potatoes, and they don't skimp on portions.

                                                    1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                      Yup! I've decided that the Hat's Onion Rings is going to be my big treat once this darn school term ends (Next week!) I can't wait... :)

                                                      --Dommy!

                                                      1. re: Dommy

                                                        HAT HAT HAT. One order can feed a small army, or 3 really big people and a poodle, and they are good to boot. When friends come from out of town I take them there, it blows them away!

                                                        1. re: Dommy

                                                          chili cheese onion rings at the hat?

                                                          1. re: phant0omx

                                                            You can order their fries like that, I'm sure you can request the same for their onion rings...

                                                      2. re: Dommy

                                                        Totally agree with the Hat. I couldn't get over how big their portion sizes are!

                                                        1. re: chris1621

                                                          5th (or 6th, or whatever) the Hat. Their rings are the batter that the OP is looking for, real onions, and your order will come in a big brown paper bag. You'll get it and say, "This is ONE order???" LOL

                                                          1. re: aurora50

                                                            My husbands friend took us to the Hat for the first time two years ago and when I gave my husband my order I said I wanted my own onion rings and his friend jumped in saying "No you will want to share" I got all huffy and in a kirt tone I told him I was not one of those salad eating pick at my food girls...I love to eat! When I got my order my face went hot with embarassment...it was a Flintsonian size order....sooooo good but with my sandwich try as I might I could not even come close to finishing them. The fries are awesome too and when I am feeling all ghetto fabulous I get them with gravy, they make my tumy grumbly but so yummy.

                                                              1. re: bubbles4me

                                                                I just looked at the Hat website for locations and menu. For the 1st time since high school in Chicago, a long time ago, have I seen Wet Fries with gravy on a menu... ever... anywhere. I can barely believe my eyes.
                                                                Thanks bubbles4me!

                                                                1. re: Barbara Ladden

                                                                  Oh and those wet fries are goooood.

                                                                  You'll want to split 'em.

                                                        2. Tops
                                                          3838 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
                                                          1792 E Walnut St, Pasadena

                                                          Their rings are great, as well as their zucchini fries..

                                                          and I also like the Wahoo ones too, but need to request them to be made well-done.

                                                          1. How's this for imprecise:

                                                            There's a bar on Franklin in the same block as La Poubelle across from the Scientology place.

                                                            I think it's called The Bird or Birds or something like that. They have a lot of chicken on the menu, that's where the name comes from, I think.

                                                            And they sell onion rings by the length. Like, if you order a foot of onion rings, they come on a little one-foot high pole. Like ring toss. Except that the rings are made of onion rings.

                                                            And they come with good sauces to tip in.

                                                            I like those, even though I've only eaten them once.

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                                                            1. re: PaulF

                                                              Is it a bar? If so, then I think it is Birds.

                                                              1. re: WildSwede

                                                                Yeah, it's a bar, though I've only been to eat at lunch, not drink.

                                                                Looks like a fun neighborhood spot. Onion rings were very good.

                                                                1. re: PaulF

                                                                  The onion rings at Birds are perhaps the only edible thing on the menu. Avoid the food at all costs. If you want drinks, it's fine. But never ever eat there.

                                                            2. birds does have excellent onion rings, as does wahoo's. i'm excited to try some of the other joints. bless you all for being so passionate about onion rings.

                                                              1. Try them at Johnny Reb's -- technically not LA, but just as initial description. You get a giant platter with their homemade, warm bbq sauce. Locations in Orange, LB, Lakewood and Victorville.

                                                                1. tomboys in el segundo or manhattan--none better

                                                                  1. The Hat in Pasadena and other locations has the best onion rings.

                                                                    1. I went to Peach Cafe in Monrovia the other day and had a side of some very yummy onion rings

                                                                      1. Markie D's on Washington Blvd., Culver City ... had them last week ... very good.

                                                                        1. Best made from scratch made to order onion rings anywhere are at Popeyes Fried Chicken. Voted best in NYC by NY Times.

                                                                          1. Flemings down south or in palm desert has literally doughnut size rings that are phenomenal!
                                                                            I would 2nd CUT... or Simon LA...
                                                                            But if you can get to Flemings - its worth it not only for the rings but the whole dining experience!

                                                                            1. I haven't been there for ages, so I'm not positive they're still as good as I remember, but Astro Burger on Santa Monica near Gardner(?) used to have big bags of hot greasy yummy battered onion rings. In the old days, we used to go across the street to Oki Dog and get a bag of fries to go with our Astro Burger rings....late at night, after a few drinks...mmmmmm

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                                                                              1. re: Sugar Jones

                                                                                Farmer Boys does a really good seasoned one...tasty with ranch dressing.

                                                                                LB

                                                                              2. Second the rec for 101 Coffee Shop (really the best thing there!), Edendale Grill, Wolfe's, and Dakota

                                                                                Will add...
                                                                                Junior's Deli
                                                                                Weiland Brewery
                                                                                Ciudad
                                                                                James Beach
                                                                                Sofitel
                                                                                City Bakery
                                                                                Naja's
                                                                                Hungry Cat though may not be what you're looking for are great

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                                                                                1. re: Emme

                                                                                  Good Stuff at Olympic and Bundy makes excellent onion rings.

                                                                                2. Try Cut in Beverly Hills.

                                                                                  1. Jakes Roadhouse in old town Monrovia (622 S. Myrtle) has great batter-dipped onion rings! And good cheeseburgers. Now I'm hungry...

                                                                                    1. Hamburger Central, at the corner of Central Ave and California Ave in Glendale.

                                                                                      Batter dipped, perfect batter-to-onion proportion, and fried to order.

                                                                                      Perfect with ranch dressing.

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                                                                                      1. re: duke_of_mildew

                                                                                        Emme beat me to Hungry Cat & slbear beat me to Tops in Pasadena. The zucchini fries are awsome as well. Make sure you get their spicy dipping sauce.

                                                                                      2. Thank you one and all for your recommendation's and descriptions. I was surprised to see the subject come up again. I'm very appreciative.

                                                                                        I hated Wahoo's on Wilshire. Soggy and greasy. I do like Damon&Pythias and the dipping sauces. I have to go to Burger King and Kate Mantilini soon. One day I was walking past Whisper Lounge at The Grove and someone was having a big plate of big, delicious looking onion rings. I can hardly wait. I must try all in my area. Thanks!

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                                                                                        1. re: Barbara Ladden

                                                                                          The sides are the only thing that I like at the Whisper Lounge, and that includes the onion rings though IMO the fries are better.

                                                                                        2. Alcove in Los Feliz has onion rings the size of doughnuts and they are incredible!! Seriously, the best i've ever had

                                                                                          1. I really enjoy French 75's onion rings, I believe it's a champagne batter. They're even more enjoyable with a nice filet mignon and some blue cheese underneath them. Is it lunchtime yet?

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                                                                                            1. re: roasted138

                                                                                              Agreed. We ate at Chat Noir, in Costa Mesa, on Saturday, which is part of the French 75 family of restaurants. The champagne batter onion rings were very good. It was difficult to stop eating the lobster beignets long enough to try them, but I was glad I did.

                                                                                              1. re: LAmonkeygirl

                                                                                                LOL! Same thing happened here! The lobster beignets are fully captivating, it's make me weak in the knees just thinking about them!

                                                                                            2. The Grill in the Alley (Beverly Hills)

                                                                                              1. little place on corner of valley blvd and covina blvd i grew up with these onion rings and went back a few years ago and still the same huge portion and awesome onion rings wish I could come close to those here in Springfield IL

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                                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                                      There used to be an LA Times article on this joint, anyone happen to have a link to it ?

                                                                                                    2. re: kevin

                                                                                                      Using Google Maps street view I have determined that there is a place called Yanakis Burgers at the corner of Valley and Covina in La Puente.

                                                                                                      No idea if that's the place though.

                                                                                                    3. Someone once noted that the onion rings at The Ivy are pretty damn grand.

                                                                                                      1. Well, since this thread has been bumped already, I will say that Umami has the best beer-battered style onion rings.

                                                                                                        1. A very old thread is revived once again, so I'll jump in. We used to feel that the best rings around were at the Hill Street Cafe in La Canada, but a recent visit there was not up to previous levels. Thus we're auditioning again, and we'll check out some of the ones mentioned here (although some of the establishments are now deceased, so a double-check will be in order).

                                                                                                          1. The Brentwood is great! The new Flemings in BH while not as good is good.

                                                                                                            1. Varsity Burger in Anaheim. Best in O.C.

                                                                                                              1. Bi Daddy's Fire Grill in Pasadena on Foothill Blvd (next to In-n-Out) has some good battered rings.

                                                                                                                1. Maple onion rings at Littleforks. Some of the best that I have had in ages.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: kevin

                                                                                                                    Kevin can you describe these Maple rings?