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Best Onion Rings?

CH2176 Sep 24, 2007 09:38 AM

Hi All, just wondering where one can find the best onion rings in DC/NOVA? It doesn't have to be beer battered, or thick, or thin, as long as they are hand coated, well seasoned, and very crispy. Doesn't have to be high end, fast food places will do.

  1. fishie Oct 23, 2007 11:43 AM

    Palena grill. to die for

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      Feastradio Sep 25, 2007 02:16 PM

      dear god CH2176 this is about as low end as you can get, but I'm a big onion ring fan and the best I've ever eaten, bar none, the ones that I actually think about out of the blue every now and then, are from a total hole-in-the-wall place up on Rockville, MD. It's called "Mike's" and it's tucked in next to a 7-11 at the corner of Randolph Road and Parklawn Drive. Just across the way from Lohman's Plaza on Randolph and, from the other direction, two blocks east of Rockville Pike.

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        mnadel Sep 25, 2007 08:59 PM

        Slade's at Tysons Corner Center.

        Rocklands' are also good.

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        kennedy1025 Sep 25, 2007 02:12 PM

        i secretly love the ones at the senate caf. sometimes you just really need greasy food.

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          Elyssa Sep 25, 2007 02:12 PM

          The mac and cheese and so good there to. I love the Senate Caf.

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            kennedy1025 Sep 25, 2007 02:18 PM

            i will totally have to try that tomorrow.

        2. debit Sep 25, 2007 12:07 PM

          I am pretty sure they don't have them all the time, but I had to-die-for tempura onion rings at Cafe MoZU a while back. I think they came with the crabcake sliders (also great). These onion rings were probably the best I've ever had. I still dream of them.

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            CDouglas Sep 25, 2007 10:25 AM

            Great onion rings at the Post Pub on L Street. Good burgers and sandwiches too.

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              weezycom Sep 25, 2007 08:36 AM

              My coworker says Ted's Montana Grill (near Old Town, off Eisenhower) in Alexandria are her favorite rings in the area. The rings hang together instead of pulling the onion out, fresh & crisp.

              1. monkeyrotica Sep 25, 2007 05:44 AM

                Some Popeyes carry onion rings as a "hidden" item you have to ask for. The staff usually don't like to make them because they have to make them fresh. They don't sit under heat lamps.

                1. Bill on Capitol Hill Sep 24, 2007 08:20 PM

                  Hard Times Cafe gets my vote, especially with the red-pepper-flake-infused vinegar for dipping.

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                    billfish Sep 24, 2007 08:17 PM

                    Its been a while since I've been there but I really like the Onion Ring Loaf that they have at Red Hot and Blue.Every time I order it my brain says to me "this is the perfect combination of salt,grease and onion".Its the only appetizer I care for at RH&B but to be truthful I think onion rings actually should be classified as a side order.

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                      dcfb Sep 24, 2007 08:00 PM

                      Just had them at the Hawk N Dove on Penn Ave SE (Capitol Hill) and they were some of the best I have had. -J

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                        BeachGuy31 Sep 24, 2007 06:26 PM

                        I was just at Johnny Rockets this weekend and thought the onion rings were just OK. I think the rings at Cheeburger-Cheeburger are much better.

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                          CMACDC Sep 24, 2007 02:21 PM

                          Been a couple of years since I've had them, but I always loved the giant tower of rings at the District Chophouse.

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                            cleveland park Sep 25, 2007 07:56 AM

                            as well as BLT steak for $8, not cheap but they're pretty good

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                            Jamie D Sep 24, 2007 10:45 AM

                            it's been a while but Mrs D and I were impressed by the "Onion Tangle" at Matchbox, you get it with the mini-burger app. I see they're calling it "Onion Straws" now, anyway it's a pile of lightly-breaded onion strips, not rings, very well seasoned with a light sprinkle of parmesan. dee-lish

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                              Elyssa Sep 24, 2007 10:10 AM

                              I'm not even a huge onion ring fan but I remember having good ones as part of a platter at Biddy Mulligans.

                              1. alkapal Sep 24, 2007 10:05 AM

                                Whitlow's on Wilson. (Arlington. on WIlson Blvd. in Clarendon area). Burgers were really tasty too, seemed wood-grilled (NOT burnt, but a nice little char, and cooked to order (medium).)


                                1. monavano Sep 24, 2007 09:53 AM

                                  I'll give you low end...Johnny Rockets ;-) They were cheap, hot, crisp and stayed intact when eating ( I don't like when you bite in and pull the whole onion out from the crust). http://www.johnnyrockets.com/aboutus/


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                                    CH2176 Sep 24, 2007 09:56 AM

                                    Johnny Rockets is on my list this weekend...forgot about that place, it's been a long time, thanks!
                                    PS...that's a peeve of mine too!

                                  2. ktmoomau Sep 24, 2007 09:47 AM

                                    I love the rings at Cheeburger Cheeburger, but they aren't that oniony just hand cut batter delivery systems.

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