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Apr 19, 2009 07:22 PM

Onion rings

Hi. I read this board all the time to find stories of foods I am looking for. I've read a lot of descriptions of onion rings where it seems that the big fat cut ones are well-liked. I want to find a different kind. There is an excellent place in Lake Charles, LA called Cotton's Famous Hamburgers. They have the best greasy stringy onion rings. They are not onion "strips" like they have nowadays. These are served like a big pile of super thin, limp, crispy long strings. You can eat them with your fingers but a fork works well too so you can drag them through ketchup. Do you know of anyplace in the Austin area that does them this way?

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  1. I can't speak for Austin, however when I was in LA last we did get some onion rings, not quite like you said, but close. They were completely different than the regular rings you normally get, I agree. At home I cut mine very thin, dip in milk and then a spicy flour and pan fry. Pretty similar, but I loved the ones we had and I haven't found any other place that makes them that way.

    1. Jim's Restaurant, when they're having a good day, has the best thin onion rings ever. The portion size has gone down over the years, and sometimes they're dripping with grease, but when you catch them just right, they're as you describe.

      1. Although the Bake House has gone downhill some over time, the do have the closest ring I've found to this type. They call them onion strings, but they are the closest I've found to the type you are talking about. (The Bake House used to have a pretty good Bacon swiss burger too.) Charlie's steak house in New Orleans served this type of onion ring many years ago. Dirty's used to have this style of onion ring, but no more.
        They are not the extra skinny sort, but Phil's ice house has good rings, slender, not heavily breaded and just a bit greasy.

        1. I know it's a chain, but TL&C has those exactly.