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Apr 9, 2010 03:43 PM

Best Onion Rings - Are these guys still around?

The best onion rings I ever had were made at the Rainbow Rib Room (Mass Ave at Newbury St) - meaty slices of onion with a very thin, crispy coating, almost like dry corn meal on the rings. Anyone know if they are still cooking anywhere in Boston? (RRR has closed; it had a short reopening run at the Rat in Kenmore and then I lost track).

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  1. Damn. Now you're making me reminisce about the Hoo Doo Barbecue...

    5 Replies
    1. re: nincyh

      Damn how I used to love the Hoo Doo!

      1. re: Blumie

        Is it me, or did they have the best damned sauce? I used to want to bathe in that sauce.

        1. re: nincyh

          It's hard to know if it really was that good, or whether it's just that it was Boston's only real barbecue at the time, but I remember the sauce as being amazing, too. And I don't know about you, but everytime I ate there, I DID bathe in the sauce.

          1. re: Blumie

            Boy. That's a blast from the past. Those onion rings were good. Wasn't Hoodoo (basement) also the Ratskeller (ist floor)? Hard to be rational about nostalgic chowing, but I think current BBQ is better. I loved Hoodoo in its time but i remember Jake and Earl's/ East Coast grill really transforming the scene and then Blue Ribbon and Redbones taking up a notch again.

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            1. re: gourmaniac

              Hoodoo was actually on the 1st floor & balcony of the Rathskeller, with bands playing in the basement & Mitch at the front door. Boy do I miss those ribs! They're actually one of the foods I have on my "goodbye list" dinner, which is where if for one magical night you had a bottomless stomach - & wallet - & all of the long gone places you miss would reopen & you could have one last serving of all the faves you miss.
              Maybe someone should start that post? ; )

    2. Have not of any of them and I've lived in the Back Bay since 1992. Kenmore I avoid so can't help you there.


      1. They also had the best juke box around.

        1. Ah the Rainbow Rib Room....In 1978 while at Emerson did some production work for Eddie Gorodesky and his Hi-Fi party on Saturday nights. The routine was to finish the show head over to the RRR and see Jim. Pick up bags of goodies and then head back to Eddie's (or Jack Woker's) and watch the then popular and innovative Saturday Night Live with a dozen or so friends. Then we'd hang out listening to music till all hours of the morning. Also spent many a night at the HooDoo before heading down for music at the Rat. I always remembered the BBQ and wings to be top notch but then again....could have been the extenuating circumstances