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Best Onion Rings?

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.

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

    1. 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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      1. re: monavano

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

          1. 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

            1. 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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              1. re: CMACDC

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

              2. 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.

                1. 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

                  1. 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.

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

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

                            1. 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.

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

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                                1. re: kennedy1025

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

                                  1. re: Elyssa

                                    i will totally have to try that tomorrow.

                                2. 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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                                  1. re: Feastradio

                                    Slade's at Tysons Corner Center.

                                    Rocklands' are also good.

                                  2. Palena grill. to die for