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GOOD Onion Rings in Calgary?

electroleum Feb 9, 2010 09:21 AM

Thanks to a picture of Onion Rings that popped up in my Facebook feed, I started thinking - where can you go in the YYC for some good onion rings?

Now, to set the record straight, I'm not really referring to your standard battered rings, I'm looking for something more along the lines of A&W's rings - breaded, not battered. This, imo, makes them much tastier & far less greasy. Although I'm not against trying some run of the mill rings if they're to die for.

The best onion rings on the planet are served at Dick's Dairy Dip in Ottawa. If you're ever in the Ottawa area, I highly recommend grabbing a burger & some rings there.

Denny's serves the only decent rings I've tried in Calgary so far. Fatburger's rings are gross, and most pubs serve the standard battered fare. I am aware of the monster, pancake-battered rings at Tubby Dog, but that place scares me.

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    NumberFive Jan 10, 2011 05:50 PM

    While I don't believe they're made in house, the Berwick Public House (new local pub in Cranston) has some delicious BREADED onion rings. Pair it with their signature beef dip and it hits the spot!

    1. pants May 16, 2010 07:49 PM

      ok, they aren't breaded (i don't like the breaded ones) but garrison pub on 42 Av SW has great onion rings!! my previous favorite were from burger baron in regina sk....

      1. Major_9000 May 11, 2010 04:30 PM

        Rocky's Burger Bus makes great onion rings.

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        1. re: Major_9000
          makan2 May 15, 2010 06:57 PM

          I like the onion rings at Dairy Queen. They don't flake like the ones at A&W.

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          Lainey1978 Feb 14, 2010 07:27 AM

          I looooove Denny's onion rings. I love them so much that I HAD to have them yesterday. Mmmmm...

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            ilikebigmactoo Feb 13, 2010 07:59 AM

            The best onion rings I have had in Calgary was at the Vintage Steakhouse. The steaks were ok, but man, the onion rings were what the guys and I remembered that night. Of course, most people won't go there just for the onion rings

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            1. re: ilikebigmactoo
              hsk Feb 24, 2010 08:43 PM

              I hated the onion rings at Vintage, for reasons stated on the other thread. I think onion rings are like pizza, everyone has a different opinion of what is good.

              Vintage Chophouse & Tavern
              322 11 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0C5, CA

              1. re: ilikebigmactoo
                Roarasaur Jan 10, 2011 11:28 AM

                I LOVE the onion rings at Vintage Chophouse. They were one of the best Onion rings I've ever had in my life. Although they are battered and a little greasy, they were flavored so well and cooked to perfection. The idea of going to Vintage for onion rings is a little weird like ilikebigmactoo said but it is my side of choice every time I go there from now on.

              2. The Gut Feb 12, 2010 08:12 PM

                I noticed while I was at Montana's. They have breaded onion rings. I didn't eat any and apearently 3 is all the beef ribs I can eat there. They are huge!!

                1. ybnormal Feb 9, 2010 11:52 AM

                  I seem to recall good onion rings at Lounge Burger. Was there for a team lunch prior to Christmas. I think they were breaded with a bit of honey to them, which sweetened up a bit.

                  Maybe someone else who went there can confirm...

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                  1. re: ybnormal
                    Richmond Green Feb 9, 2010 06:37 PM

                    Lounge Burgers onion rings were fantastic when they first opened, but the last time I was there, it seemed as though they had gone a premade route. The onion rings were straight out of package and had a bit of honey drizzled on them. Not the house made version that had the honey twist to them that I remember. :(

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                      CookieGal Feb 24, 2010 07:54 PM

                      hmmm i was there in Jan, and the rings were pretty darn good, still sweet and hot!

                  2. maplesugar Feb 9, 2010 10:15 AM

                    sleepycat went on a similar quest awhile back although I don't recall a breaded vs battered preference... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/499693

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                    1. re: maplesugar
                      electroleum Feb 9, 2010 11:40 AM

                      The breaded rings are less common, but I prefer them. I'll admit that a well executed battered onion ring is also a tasty treat, but there's so many places that somehow make them taste horribly bad.

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                      Scary Bill Feb 9, 2010 09:48 AM

                      I think this is the very first time I have ever heard anyone say something, without reservation, about how good anything at Denny's is.

                      Here's a link that might save your life if you are a Denny's regular.


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                      1. re: Scary Bill
                        electroleum Feb 9, 2010 09:51 AM

                        hehehehe, don't get me wrong - I'm not raving about them. Perhaps a better way of saying it would have been "the onion rings at Denny's are surprisingly good". And they actually are.

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                          Scary Bill Feb 9, 2010 10:05 AM

                          electro, for that reply I guesss I owe you a rec, but it is for battered, not breaded, and that is Peter's Drive-in. The rings are made from real onion rings, battered and deep fried, just like the ones The Fonz ate at Arnolds.

                          OK, just had a recollection-Burger King makes breaded rings, but they are from chopped and formed onion. Not at the top of my list.

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                            electroleum Feb 9, 2010 11:38 AM

                            Yeah. Burger King Onion Rings are gross. And if I ever find myself at Peter's, which is highly unlikely, I'll give the rings a try sometime.

                            1. re: electroleum
                              The Gut Feb 11, 2010 11:34 AM

                              Peter's rings are pretty good. Definatly battered though.

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                                electroleum Feb 18, 2010 10:38 PM

                                On a whim, I was driving down 16th and decided to hit up Peter's for some rings and a shake, as I was a little bit peckish. Enjoyed the battered rings, and they were far less greasy than I would have expected from Peters.

                                On a side note, the maple milkshake = deelish!

                      2. John Manzo Feb 9, 2010 09:38 AM

                        Why would Tubby Dog possibly scare you?

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                        1. re: John Manzo
                          electroleum Feb 9, 2010 09:47 AM

                          It's not an actual fear. It's part "this food looks like it could kill me instantly" and part "I think I might like this food so much that I will want to eat every meal there...thus increasing my chances of impending death"


                          I have very addictive eating habits, so I'm best off avoiding places like Tubby Dog. ;)

                          1. re: electroleum
                            The Gut Feb 9, 2010 10:45 AM

                            Ah, so you need us to send you somewhere with such horrible onion rings that you switch to salad? I used to love A&W but they scimp on the deadly looking seasoning salt.

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