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Looking For Great Onion Rings in Seattle Area

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I've had the onion rings at the Metropolitan Grill and they are the BEST. But, who else out there has great homemade onion rings? (Red Mill's don't make the cut neither do the Sysco dreck most places serve.)

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Metropolitan Grill
820 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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  1. Try Maritime's Jolly Roger Taproom. I think they call them Li'l Smokers.

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    1. re: kaleokahu

      Just "Smokers", because they cold-smoke (I assume it's cold smoke? How would that work otherwise?) the onions before coating and frying. Everyone I know loves them except me. I find the smokiness to be too overpowering, but I admit that it's a flavor that I'm particularly sensative to.

      1. re: Brunhilde

        Brunhilde: I'm not saying they're *not* cold-smoked, but they could just as easily be hot smoked (kippered) for a short time. Then there's the cheater's method...

        1. re: kaleokahu

          Ah. I didn't think of that. I just figured that hot smoking them would soften them and render them kind of "unbreadable". Why am I putting this much thought into onion rings that I'm not particularly fond of? Who knows. And now I can't even remember if they're breaded or battered. I think a lunch time trip to the Jolly Roger may be in order, where I'll just sit and stare at people's onion rings to try and determine this while I drink IPA and eat L'il Mahis. I'm sure it'll really do wonders for my work productivity.

          1. re: Brunhilde

            Hi, Brunhilde: A lot of things take just a whiff of smoke. There's now even a chef gizmo out there (basically a re-tasked hairdryer gun) that gets used for smoking delicates like... lettuce.

            I think I remember JR's rings as being breaded. Maybe I'll see you there.

    2. must beg to differ - metropolitan's rings are so solid as to be impenetrable and so heavil breaded that there is no "juice" left in the onion. though i'd rather keep the fact quiet, my (very) young nieces dragged me to a red robin ("yum!") where i was amazed to be served excellent onion rings along with a plethora of predictable cardboard food. the server had no idea if the were frozen or made in house but the price was low. the batter was perfect and the serving ample.

      1. I had onion rings that I'm still talking about (weeks later) at the Issaquah Cafe. Obviously not Seattle proper, but seriously sinful onion rings.

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        1. re: ethereal

          It's a bit of a drive but the best onion rings I've ever had are at the Ringside in Portland.

          1. re: lominator

            Ohhh, the rings at the Ringside ARE awfully good (as are the steaks, and the onion and blue cheese salad). Portland's a long drive for rings, though.

        2. I like the rings at Redline Burger On Rt 99 in Lynnwood. It's a crunchy coating. They also have good house-made french fries.

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          Redline Burger Co
          20801 Highway 99 Ste 102, Lynnwood, WA 98036

          1. Best onion rings, even when cold. And that's saying something.

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            Zippy's Giant Burgers
            1513 SW Holden St, Seattle, WA 98106

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            1. re: tstrum

              Tstrum, Alas, I checked with Zippy's and they are Sysco frozen.

              1. re: Leper

                Now I know the secret to good rings!