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Jan 27, 2002 01:09 PM

Best Onion Rings in LA

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We're trying to research the best Onion Rings in LA. We prefer flakey batter over crusty but all types are game just so long as they're home-made and not made out of dehydrated onion mush. We've been to Fatburger and Oki-Dog already. Who else does well at this almost lost art?

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  1. The rings at Frisco's 50's Diner are very good. Real thick sliced onions in a good batter. These rings do not come out of a freezer. Frisco's is on Gale Avenue (parallel to the 60) in City of Industry, and in Downey.

    All kinds of burgers and other good things. Unlimited refills on sodas, including choclate cokes.

    Frisco's is also AWSOME for breakfast. All the usual eggs dishes done really good, with generous portions. The ham and eggs come with a nice sized slab of ham. The omelete that comes with about everything in it and has avocado slaces across it is wonderful. The pancakes with a big dollop of butter on them are enought to cause a certain diabetic to ignore his diet.

    There is all the standard diner fare here, and middle eastern dishes also.

    The waitresses are all on roller skates, and will do a an impromptu "floor show" to the tunes on the juke box in the afternoons and evenings.

    There is an electric train running around the ceiling of the dining car section of this diner.

    A great place for kids, but lots of adults go there for breakfast and lunch.

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    1. re: Chino Wayne

      As an vegitarian, I was enticed by my kids to try a Frisco Burger recently, (after seeing a video on the hamburger in Los Angeles), and I must say as it was the only burger I have had in 3+ years it was amazing!

      The Onion rings my kids ordered were good, but I ordered fried zucchini that was the bomb!!! Cripsy whole strips, very light, not oily at all!

      Wish Frisco's was somewhere in the west valley...

      1. re: moviebob

        Other than paying homage to Karen Carpenter, it's tough to drive that far for onion rings. But Finney's in Beverly Hills does indeed rock.

    2. Dalt's in Burbank are good...
      3500 Alameda near Warner Bros.

      1. Johnnie's Pastrami in Culver City on Sepulveda.
        There onions don't slide out of the crust when you bite one.

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        1. re: PHIL

          Oh man, Johnnies, haven't been by there in at least 15 years. Used to eat on the patio by the fire, or in a booth punching up tunes on the table site juke box doohickies. How's the pastrami and dogs these days?

          1. re: Chino Wayne

            Great Onion Rings and still the Best Pastrami around.

            1. re: SL in HB

              negative. mediocre pastrami...that is unless you like grisly and overly fatty cuts.

              but their onion rings are quite good. =)

            2. re: Chino Wayne

              Not as good as the Hat and overpriced IMHO

              but their onion rings are damn good as are their pickles

            3. re: PHIL

              Johnny's rings .... awww yeahhh ...

              Big and bumptious. Firm, not floppy. Better than nookie!

              1. re: PHIL

                They have the best onion rings ever. God, I love onion rings. Anyways, their pastrami is good too, but god their onion rings are worth the drive from Torrance.

              2. when in Torrance, try Y-Not on Hawthorne Blvd. (just north of Lomita Blvd.)...

                1. This might not be exactly what you are looking for but a few favs for me are:

                  The Shack - on Wilshire in Santa Monica

                  Crocodile Cafe - I know it's a chain but that have some GIANT onion rings that are pretty tasty.

                  There are a few others but I'll have to keep thinking. :)