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Sep 11, 2009 10:46 AM

Best chain Onion Rings

Today, being pressed for time, and starving, I decided to make a quick food run. I swung by Mc Ds ... too many cars.... across the road to Arby's.... even more cars and I know their line is slow... but their parking lot opened into Dairy Queen. Yes... Dairy Queen. I can't remember the last time I ordered food there other than a hot fudge sundae, and even that has been a long time.

I got a small burger and a small order of onion rings. The burger was nothing to write home about and kind of pathetic. Oh but the rings. Hot, crisp, shattering in your mouth. None of that bite in and pull out a tapeworm looking length of onion. Also a good amount, probably 7 to 8 in my order. Are they the best I've ever had? No. The best I've had in a chain drive through? I think they might well be.

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  1. I recently had some at a White Castle and they were pretty flippin good. About 20 years ago, I would have voted for Burger King. They were still fake back then, too, but I loved them. Now, they are like some mutant form of onion flavored paste encrusted in who knows what.

    I'll have to try DQ rings sometime. Common suggestions in the Chains threads for onion rings is to try A&W.

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    1. re: gordeaux

      Popeye's have really good Onion rings...with a great slightly spicey crunch.

    2. I love Steak & Shake's onion rings. They're battered, not breaded, and are the only chain onion rings I've ordered more than once. Burger King should be ashamed of what they call an onion ring.

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      1. re: JRicher

        If you have a Nathan's hot dog chain by you, try their onion rings. Battered and perfectly greasy, it's my go-to indulgence when craving something fried. LOVE them!

        I've never bothered to try A&W's rings, as when I go I end up eating the french fries that come with my Long John Silver's fried fish. I'll have to give A&W a shot now tho!

        1. re: Honeychan

          I had the Nathan's onion rings last night... oh were they good! Actual rings of ONION fried right in front of me. Delicious :)

          1. re: Honeychan

            Just had A&W's onion rings last night. Hot and fresh from the fryer- always nice to have that. They -might- have been fried for a minute too long, the breading was a bit hard for me. Flavor-wise, they were allright. While it was a real onion slice, I guess the breading didn't do anything for me.

            Now i'm craving Nathan's onion rings!

            1. re: Honeychan

              I also wanted to post about some onion rings I had over the weekend that I thought were fantastic and worth mentioning: Buffalo Wild Wings!

              I got an order to go at about 12 midnight (I keep forgetting the are 24/7 in Vegas) with some boneless wings. The rings were beer-battered (my fave) with a spicy dipping sauce that reminded me of Outback's sauce for the Bloomin' Onion. A bit zippy, & very addictive!

        2. I vote for the now-extinct "Awesome Blossom" onion rings at Chili's.

          It was something like 2700 calories and about 200 grams of fat.

          Too bad it's no longer offered ... [sigh]

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            What? No more awesome blossom? That was the only reason to go there!!

          2. Farmer Boy's has the best freshly battered onion rings and zuccini.

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            1. re: monku

              Of the freshly battered type, I like the ones at Fat Burger better. But my all time fave are the Hat... they are the breaded type...


            2. When you go to DQ for food, it's chicken strips all the way.