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Nov 2, 2007 04:41 PM

Best Onion Rings in Boston area?

Who do you think has the best onion rings in the Boston area? I'm thinking of the thick-cut kind, separated into single rings, with a very thin, crisp cornmeal coating - not a bread ing, sort of a dusting. The Rainbow Rib Room (Mass Ave at Newbury St.) made them this way; sadly closed. Anyone had a good experience?

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  1. Well i dont like the type you like. I like the thin sliced battered ones. Dairy Joy in Weston makes an excellent version like this. They slice them fresh on a deli slicer and batter them.

    1. i'm partial to the onion rings at bartley's in harvard square. you can order them as a separate side, in which case they are more expensive than you'd expect but you get a gigantic portion.

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      1. re: autopi

        You're right, autopi, those are mighty good ones. A little on the skinny side, really onion strings, but the coating is right.

        1. re: Guido

          The Bartley's onions rings are the best in Boston!

      2. I love thin sliced, lightly battered/breaded onion rings. To be honest, the kind we got as a kid once a year at Howard Johnson's in Concord.

        There are four places locally where I have found onion rings that I enjoy: Mr. Bartley's, Skampa [who would have thought?], Mike's Roast Beef, and the Clam Box. A previous chow-post indicated that Pescatore's has onion strings under the fried calamari that fit this description, but that the regular orders are the fatter, battered version.

        Clam Box of Ipswich
        246 High St, Ipswich, MA 01938

        Mike's Roast Beef
        127 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149

        Bartley's Burger Cottage
        1246 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

        424 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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        1. re: smtucker

          Wish I had read this thread before I got some take-out from Mike's Roast Beef. I've never had onion rings here and would have ordered them too! Just finished a junior beef with lettuce, extra sauce, and mayo, along with fried shrimp. As good as always.

          Fried Shrimp:

        2. I think the onion rings at U Burger are excellent. Not thick cut but crispy, well-seasoned and always served piping hot from the fryer.

          1. Two of my favorites (both handcut and thick, though I recall them being thickly battered) are perhaps from unlikely sources: Jake's Seafood in Hull and an obscure little Irish pub in Walpole Center called The Paddock (no relation to the one in Somerville, which also has good rings, BTW).

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            1. re: hiddenboston

              Yes, l love the ones at Jake's! (Dining room closed for the season now, I believe.)