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Ok, I am craving great Onion Rings/Strings/Ribbons....not the thick Beer Battered ones.....the thin, light and flaky ones.
Like the Onion Loaf you used to get @ Tony Romas or Oscar Taylor in the old days.....

The closest I have found are the Village Tavern and Don and Charlies in Scottsdale.....

Any other suggestions?

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  1. It's been a couple years since I ate there, but Claim Jumpers used to have an onion brick with those thin strips of onion. Pretty tasty. A word of warning, in traditional Claim Jumper fashion, even the half order is more than enough for two people.

    1. Ted's Hot Dog's in Tempe has what I would consider thin and flaky onion rings, and if they haven't been sitting around, light. No idea if they stack up to your RR ("reference rings"), but it's worth a shot. Besides, if the onion rings disappoint, you certainly can't go wrong with a white hot and a chocolate malt!

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      1. re: azhotdish

        Ted's is a cash-only place, just so you don't get surprised like we did when we went... :)

        1. re: azhotdish

          Is this the right place for Ted's?

          Is there another hot dog place in Tempe that is possibly closer to ASU and open late?

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          Ted's Charcoal Broiled Hot Dogs
          1755 E Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

          1. re: johnseberg

            Yep, that's the right place. Another hot dog place in Tempe? Why bother when there's Ted's?

            1. re: azhotdish

              The answer I was looking for was Dave's Dog House.

              Why bother? Because it is open later than Ted's (so I've heard).

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              Dave's Dog House
              130 E University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281

              1. re: johnseberg

                That actually is about my only complaint about Ted's, that and the fact it's cash only. But I lived literally 500 yds from them for a couple yrs, and I knew if I was going to be craving a white hot in a few hrs after they closed (maybe after, say, one or two cocktails ;D), I'd run over there and make sure I had one on hand before they closed.

        2. Ted's was goign to be my suggestion...similar to the old Tony Roma's ones but not in a loaf. Must be HOT HOT HOT though...not good at all once they cool down.

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          1. re: ziggylu

            When you order them at Ted's, order them with no salt and they'll cook a fresh batch. salt them yourself. Delish!

          2. The Barbeque Company in Phoenix has the type of onion rings you're describing. If I remember correctly, I think they used red onions too, which I love. They are more stringy than ringy though, lol.

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            1. re: jasonaz

              I've never ordered them as a side, but if they're the same onion strings that're on the Texas Twister (open faced brisket sandwich with onion strings) then they're pretty good. Of course maybe I only think that because they're topped with brisket...

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              The Barbecue Company
              4636 S 36th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040

            2. Ted's would be my first pick,Dillon's my second choice.

              1. I vote for Dillions and also Firebirds (west coast chain)

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                1. re: Kari

                  Another Great place for onion rings is Buster's...they have the thin, lightly battered on their happy hour menu in the Bar.....
                  They are yummy.......
                  Love their lavosh pizza w/ Smoked salmon, artichoke, red onion and black olives.

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                  Buster's Restaurant Bar/Grill
                  8320 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

                  1. re: Kari

                    Firebirds is actually in east coast chained, based in Charlotte, NC. It's great, especially for a chain! They have awesome salads. Too bad I'm so far away from both PHX locations!

                    http://www.firebirdsrockymountaingril...

                  2. my favorite onion rings are at the sonoran brewhouse on camelback. sooo tasty

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                    Sonora Brewhouse
                    322 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85012