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Onion Ring Love...your fave's in SD?

Love them and hard to find a good battered onion ring that isn't too oily and a batter that sticks to the onion.
I like a remoulade dipping sauce..but homemade ketchup and even thousand are great too.
Loved to know your fave's..

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  1. It's been a couple of years, but I remember Roppongi's as superior.

    1. Not even a close call: The best ones I've ever had, anywhere are the rings at Peohe's. Nothing else worth eating there, but the rings with a Martini or a Sauvignon Blanc are Heaven on Earth.

      1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118

      1. i'm ducking below my desk to avoid the inevitable flames that will be thrown my way for saying this, but Fleming's Steakhouse has exceptional onion rings. light, crisp panko breading, cracked peppercorns in the batter, served with chipotle mayo. it's been several years since i last had them, and i still think about those rings.

        1. I've had issues with consistency there, but when Burger Lounge gets 'em right, they knock em out of the park.

          1. LOVE the onion rings at Neighborhood, though I have to admit that a pre-dinner sojourn at Noble Experiment may have colored my opinion somewhat.

            1. Jimmy's Famous American Tavern. A wee bit greasy but super tasty. Their cocktails and ice cream sundae are also very tasty. And well the location is pretty nice too.

              Jimmy's Famous American Tavern
              4990 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

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              1. Ritual in North Park makes some really nice crisp ones. Cant resist ordering them every time I'm there and haven't had a bad batch yet. The homemade sauces are also excellent.

                I hate when you bite into a ring and the entire flesh comes out, leaving only batter for the rest of the ring--as has happened with Phil's (although others have raved about those).

                Ritual Tavern
                4095 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104

                1. Phil's BBQ

                  Phil's BBQ
                  3750 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110

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                    1. re: Fake Name

                      touche!! FN, long live commodity onions!

                      1. re: Fake Name

                        It matters less with produce, IMO, but your point is a valid one. We all choose our battles.

                        1. re: Josh

                          Phil's may not do true BBQ, but they do damn good with the rings.

                          1. re: MrKrispy

                            With a name like MrKrispy, Phil's rings gota be good!

                        2. Ruth's Chris are pretty good, thick cut, very crisp and goes well with a cold frosty one! I also like a mayo based dipping sauce.

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                          1. re: cstr

                            mayo and onion rings with a cold one...ahhhhhhh priceless!

                          2. BC- More than once, you have talked about Antonelli's Deli in El Cajon. I would assume you go there by taking the 67 exit at Bradley.

                            Right There. The "Greek Style Chicken" place on the SE corner at Bradley and 67. Best onion rings.

                            Antonelli's Deli
                            1354 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020

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                            1. re: Cathy

                              love love love Antonelli's for the best turkey/cheese on rye...so the Greek Style place has the best onion rings..who would of thunk?
                              I could dip them in Tahini...

                              Thanks Cathy...how's the Greek food there?

                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                Greek Style, not a large menu, no tahini or tabbouleh. They have pita sandwiches, giant fresh salads topped with (a lot of) gyros or chicken. Sides of matchstick sliced zucchini, fries or the rings. Always fresh food because such a limited menu. It used to be a Fosters Freeze and they still have those machines and make really good shakes.

                                Actually all the smaller/local places which make gyros sandwiches also make their own thick cut and battered onion rings. Very well.

                            2. I will second the rings at Flemings. Had them last week...delicious. Cheers in Ramona for a cheeseburger, onion rings and a Fat Tire.

                              1. the ole fashion brick at Tony Roma's.

                                I can even remember the waitress outfits many many years ago :)

                                Tony Roma's
                                1020 W San Marcos Blvd, San Marcos, CA 92078

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                                1. re: keith stone

                                  I actually WORE the uniform for a year! A grown woman wearing ruffled panties. Tips were good though