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Onion Rings in AB

sleepycat Mar 16, 2008 12:39 PM

Ok.... I do have reason to ask. I found some big juicy onion rings that were about a million calories but man they were good... ok fine.. I found them at Red Robin's. What I want to know if there are any where else in AB where I can find big, juicy, crispy, onion rings? If not, then does anyone know where I can get onions that are of the gigantic size ( must be sweet) and if you have a really good onion ring batter to go with that could you pass that along? There's nothing in the search.

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    marcopolo RE: sleepycat Mar 17, 2008 10:47 AM

    if you haven't had the t-rings yet at tubby dog, well... then... you're probably a lot healthier than i am. these things are ridiculous. they look somewhat like an old-fashioned donut (and weigh about the same amount), and nestled deep within is a pretty thick cut onion ring. not necessarily always my cup of tea, but put enough beer in me and my judgment becomes cloudy.

    i was raised on Harvey's onion rings, so i still crave those once in a while, and the ones at burger inn are pretty similar.

    1. pants RE: sleepycat Mar 17, 2008 12:08 PM

      my favorite onion rings in the world are at burger baron in regina(i grew up on those) - there's a burger baron in red deer -gasoline alley but i miss it every time - I even got off the hwy and looked for it and still missed it!! so i don't know if they are as good. otherwise burger baron is the only reason to go to regina :)

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        yen RE: pants Mar 17, 2008 03:58 PM

        It's hard to spot. It's on the east side just after the Macdonalds and the Esso, just before the Shell and the A+W.

        They also have several burger barons in Edmonton. I know of one on 99st (and 7X ave), and one on 101st Ave on the way out to Sherwood Park.

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          carlitguy RE: yen Mar 20, 2008 07:42 AM

          This is hilarious about Burger Baron in Red Deer on gAsoline Alley.
          I went the other day and got 2 burgers, a fry and an onion ring. I took them back to work. I offered my boss his choice of buger as they were different. I then asked if he wanted the rings or fries. He chose the rings.
          I asked to try one and he wouldn't share as he said they were the best he ever had. As I work just north of there, I went in and got a ring for myself. No, I didn't share with him as they were incredible!
          Dean in Canada

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            sleepycat RE: carlitguy Mar 20, 2008 08:13 AM

            They definetly different from the RR as they are a light batter. I can't say much for their burgers. I ordered a children's burger. Not only was it naked a s jaybird but there was a "bite" taken out of the patty. I couldn't find a number for the manager so I'm just left grumbling about it.

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              sleepycat RE: carlitguy Mar 20, 2008 08:16 AM

              crap ok this was supposed to be a photo but none of my photos are attaching even though I already shrunk them.

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                sleepycat RE: carlitguy Mar 21, 2008 07:37 PM

                Inglewood Drive in had similar onion rings. It's a thinner onion ring and lighter batter than RR.

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            pengcast RE: sleepycat Mar 17, 2008 12:19 PM

            I still miss the jack straws from the Hello Deli on 124 street.

            I have been searching for a good onion rings in Edmonton for years. I don't like the big thick ones with the corn meal batter - like Red Robin. The rings are the Motoraunt were very good for a long time, but now not so good.

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              cleopatra999 RE: pengcast Mar 17, 2008 09:11 PM

              the ones at Delux burger are really good! but they are the big ones. great dipping sauce too.

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                MrsCris RE: cleopatra999 Mar 22, 2009 02:33 PM

                The ones at 100 downtown Edmonton in the McLeod building (owned by the same group as Delux) are good too - I imagine they are the same recipe as Delux. Crisp batter outside, tender onion, and as Cleopatra says, really yummy dipping sauce. Mmmm.

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                  pennystock RE: cleopatra999 Mar 23, 2009 06:45 AM

                  I agree - the rings at Delux are the best I've tried! They use beer batter made from Stella Artois. Definitley my favorite

              2. sweeterpea RE: sleepycat Mar 18, 2008 09:37 PM

                Angel's in Bowness has great onion rings -- big, and just the right balance of batter to onion ratio.

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                  sleepycat RE: sweeterpea Mar 18, 2008 10:41 PM

                  I notice poutine on their menu. Is that good too?

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                    sweeterpea RE: sleepycat Mar 19, 2008 06:50 AM

                    no, I haven't tried it -- but avoid the "white sauce" on their burgers. Their shakes are much better than Peter's too.

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                      sleepycat RE: sweeterpea Mar 20, 2008 08:27 AM

                      "white sauce" ... sounds a bit scary.

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                        Allestra RE: sweeterpea Mar 20, 2009 12:03 PM

                        Have you tried their Royal Burger?? OMG it's to die for! It's insanely huge on a kaiser bun.. yumm. I think their white sauce is their own mayo.. so if you're not a mayo fan, avoid that sure sure!

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                    pengcast RE: sleepycat Mar 19, 2008 09:06 AM

                    So after sleepycat's rave, I tried the onion rings at Red Robin again. For the really big rings in heavier batter, they really are quite good. The spicy sauce is very good too. For a chain kitchen, the rings are probably about as good as it gets. The price though was crazy: $10 for 13 rings.

                    To put that into context, the bowl of French onion soup with cheese toast was $6. (BTW: soup was pretty good too. Not good enough to get me off my favourite blue cheese burger, but a nice change.)

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                      sleepycat RE: pengcast Mar 19, 2008 05:25 PM

                      Well I never said I loved the price. Actually that's the worst part it was an arm and a leg. Hence, I thought someone might have a really nice batter receipe they would part with so I could try replicating this app. $10.00 for onion rings is a bit much to swallow. So anyone knows the RR receipe or something close to it please pass it on.

                    2. Major_9000 RE: sleepycat Mar 19, 2008 11:43 AM

                      Tommy's Burger Bar has good Onion Rings. Not gigantic but nice batter and their burgers are very good.

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                        sharonanne RE: Major_9000 Mar 19, 2008 12:46 PM

                        Always a fan of good burgers and onion rings. Where is Tommy's?

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                          Major_9000 RE: sharonanne Mar 19, 2008 01:51 PM

                          TOMMY BURGER BAR
                          9629 Macleod Tr. S.
                          Tel: 258-0668

                          The Onion rings are made with a heavy beer batter with a nice crunch and come with a homemade slightly spicy chipotle ketchup.

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                            sharonanne RE: Major_9000 Mar 19, 2008 02:56 PM

                            Yummy. Thanks

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                        canadianfoodie RE: sleepycat Mar 19, 2008 04:09 PM

                        Ruths Chris has some pretty amazing onions rings, oddly. They actually taste good with steak too, which surprised me.

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                          sweeterpea RE: canadianfoodie Mar 19, 2008 06:01 PM

                          I forgot about Ruth's Chris, yes they are very good.

                        2. sleepycat RE: sleepycat Mar 20, 2008 08:05 AM

                          this was supposed to be a photo but it didn't attach :(

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                            Bob Mac RE: sleepycat Mar 21, 2009 10:27 AM

                            Perhaps surprisingly, the onion rings up at the bar [Elements?] at the Delta Bow Valley in Calgary on quite good along with the lamp "popsicles".

                            The onion rings are presented on a wood base with two dowels through which the onion rings are piled. They were large, crisp and quite good.

                            More to share than for one.

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                              seemac70 RE: Bob Mac Mar 23, 2009 07:05 AM

                              I love it!

                              Nothing gets everyone going like an onion ring discussion.

                              There's hope...

                              When in doubt, A&W is always close by, and though not perfect, they are not bad, really. They are made in house.

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                                slingshotz RE: seemac70 Mar 24, 2009 08:49 AM

                                Having worked at A&W I have to say that the rings can be exceptional all the way to disgusting. Since they are hand made usually twice a week, it really depends on which shop you go to and which day. When I used to make them and cooking them fresh, nothing else came close. Unfortunately, unless you know someone working there, you will never get made same day fresh ones as they rotate their stock.

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                                  chewy_bakah RE: slingshotz Mar 24, 2009 11:10 AM

                                  Ah this explains why it varies so much. Good onion makers are soo hard to find.

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                                    felix the hound RE: slingshotz Apr 27, 2009 11:41 AM

                                    Could you please explain what they do at A&W with the battered onion rings that they don't sell the day they are made? Do they freeze them before cooking or after? Or do they keep the batter refrigerated and batter the onions as they are needed. I wonder because A&W is my teenage son's favourite fast food burger joint and in the rare occasions we go there we often share onion rings ( a stop at the A&W in Edson on the way to Jasper has become a minor tradition in our family)

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                                      bigfellow RE: felix the hound Apr 27, 2009 03:09 PM

                                      A&W uses breaded Onion Rings, not battered.

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                                        CookieGal RE: felix the hound Apr 27, 2009 09:23 PM

                                        Re: A&W Rings.

                                        I used to work there in high school... (until I got busted with the fry guy in the freezer but that is another story..) Anyway they employed 2 ladies with very thin little arms, and they would make fresh rings 3-4 mornings a week, buy battering the rings, and running them up there little arms like bangles, then they are rolled in breading.. so in a sense they are both battered and breaded. The rings were then frozen and used up over the next day or two.

                                        That was 14 years ago.... But most recently I had a horrific experience at A&W.. which has forever set me off all fast food were punk kids make food behind walls! I have eatten my last A&W poutine.. for the rest of my life!

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                                          slingshotz RE: felix the hound Apr 28, 2009 08:13 AM

                                          I'm not sure what the process is now but when I used to work there (about 17 years ago) we would slice the rings from fresh onions, make a wet batter from the pre-mixed flour, dip the rings in the batter and then bread them with bread crumbs. They would be layered in bins with wax paper and put in the fridge. At no point where they ever frozen and I'm not sure they would handle a freezing well. We made rings once every 1-3 days depending on sales projections for the upcoming week. Typically they would be in the fridge for about 1-3 days before they get deep fried, they were never cooked the same day they were made as that would have meant that someone did not do their forecast right. The secret was getting the consistency right in the batter, there's a general guideline on water:flour ratio but as many know it's tricky with our climate combined with varying states of flour dryness. The recipe ratio is created from HQ which is not in Alberta so if you actually followed the recipe exactly it would probably only work good about 25% of the time. We would never refrigerate the batter, it had to be all used up or thrown away.

                                          I still eat the rings at A&W but I think their process must have changed slightly and find their rings more inconsistent than before. It's probably a combination of the cooks (aka young punks) that probably don't take as much pride in their work anymore and probably just following the recipe exactly. I used to keep in contact with my old A&W manager and up till about 7 years ago they still kept a very similar process but he told me that even then the kids didn't take pride in their work like we used to in the early 90s. At our A&W (it was a classic drive in) we had all sorts of age groups working there which I think helped the work ethic.

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                                            felix the hound RE: slingshotz Apr 28, 2009 04:19 PM

                                            That makes sense. Thank you Slingshotz for your detailed answer.

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                                  bigfellow RE: sleepycat Mar 25, 2009 10:43 AM

                                  My vote goes to the homemade onion rings at Fat Burger in Calgary!

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                                    ilikebigmactoo RE: sleepycat Mar 29, 2009 11:00 AM

                                    My friends and I recently had some awesome onion rings at Vintage Steak House. The batter around the ring was absolutely amazing. The batter tasted almost cake batter like. Of all the things my friends and I remember from that night, it was the onion rings and not the steaks.

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                                      hsk RE: ilikebigmactoo Aug 18, 2009 10:36 PM

                                      Interesting - I found the onion rings absolutely disgusting, it looked like a pile of doughnuts and tasted like them, too with just one single thick onion ring in the centre of each ring, couldn't imagine what would possess them to make onion rings that way. Now I know (some people like them that way)..

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                                        messier RE: hsk Aug 19, 2009 12:32 PM

                                        I have to second the onion rings at Inglewood Inn. The owner is so cute, and knew most of his customers by name. Plus I could hear the fryer going in the background when he dropped my order---always a good sign. You may have a bit of a wait depending on the time of day, but its always hot right off the grill or out of the fryer...so hot I was greedy and burned my tongue! His spicy fries are pretty darned good too with an Inglewood Burger. There is a high grease quotient, but hey, when in Rome...plus its great to support a local small biz! I topped it all off with ice cream and was able to roll home happy!

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