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Looking For Great Onion Rings in Seattle Area

Leper Feb 25, 2011 01:26 PM

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.)

Metropolitan Grill
820 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

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  1. kaleokahu RE: Leper Feb 25, 2011 02:04 PM

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

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      Brunhilde RE: kaleokahu Feb 25, 2011 02:22 PM

      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.

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        kaleokahu RE: Brunhilde Feb 25, 2011 05:14 PM

        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...

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          Brunhilde RE: kaleokahu Feb 28, 2011 01:48 PM

          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.

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            kaleokahu RE: Brunhilde Mar 2, 2011 09:40 AM

            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.

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      howard 1st RE: Leper Feb 26, 2011 09:50 AM

      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.

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        ethereal RE: Leper Feb 26, 2011 10:00 PM

        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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          lominator RE: ethereal Feb 27, 2011 09:07 AM

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

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            Booklegger451 RE: lominator Feb 28, 2011 04:32 PM

            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. val ann c RE: Leper Feb 27, 2011 11:17 AM

          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.

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

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            tstrum RE: Leper Feb 27, 2011 05:26 PM

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

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

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              Leper RE: tstrum Feb 28, 2011 08:42 AM

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

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                tstrum RE: Leper Mar 7, 2011 07:14 PM

                Now I know the secret to good rings!

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              yummers RE: Leper Feb 28, 2011 11:40 AM

              I like the rings at Cafe Flora: lightly breaded, very juicy and served with a great dipping sauce.

              Cafe Flora
              2901 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112

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                yoyo11 RE: Leper Feb 28, 2011 02:37 PM

                Uneeda Burger has some great onion rings, possibly my favorite in the city. The portion size is small for the price but the taste and texture is perfect.

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                  not the bad Steve RE: yoyo11 Mar 1, 2011 07:05 AM


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                    GreenYoshi RE: not the bad Steve Mar 1, 2011 11:41 PM

                    Really? I found them to not be all that, really kind of disappointing...
                    I may have gotten a bad batch that was kind of greasy, but even if they weren't greasy, I can't imagine them being anything special.

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                      Lauren RE: GreenYoshi Mar 2, 2011 02:18 PM

                      I agree with GY - I thought they were too greasy! I liked the tempura-ish batter but they were literally dripping with grease when I had them.

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                        bluedog67 RE: Lauren Mar 3, 2011 01:07 PM

                        I did not like the uneeda rings at all. the coating was way to thick, to the point of gooey and they were greasy and unseasoned. bleck! (burgers were tasty! but they need to up the anty on the bun - franzs white? come on!)

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                    mcmullek RE: yoyo11 Mar 5, 2011 04:52 PM

                    Amazing o rings at unneeda burger- can't imagine how they would have tasted with some sort of signature sauce too. I don't even like onion (yet love o rings), but the light, tempura batter melts in your mouth. Sadly, per the comments below, it sounds like it depends on which batch you get out of the fryer...

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                      mrnelso RE: yoyo11 Mar 14, 2011 12:44 AM

                      Though they were quite too greasy, we did like the flavor and the lightness of the breading of Uneeda's onion rings. Breading, grease, these are ordinary aspects of restaurant rings. Flavor, though, is unusual. It wasn't just the O-Rings, either. The waffle fries were all a caramelized potato can be, with good texture to boot. The condiments on the regular burger were an amazement - you don't find this sort of attention to balance in a burger often. Too bad the meat didn't match up, on our trip.
                      In any event, Uneda is definitely worth at least one visit.

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                      km_mcrc RE: Leper Feb 28, 2011 08:56 PM

                      I'll throw in a vote for Kidd Valley Burgers. It's been a few years since I've lived in the Seattle area but when I'm back in town I always make at least one trek to Kidd Valley for a bacon burger, onion rings and a banana shake. mmmm.

                      Kidd Valley
                      15259 Bel Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98007

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                        elicia RE: Leper Mar 2, 2011 08:02 PM

                        i like the Onion Crispins at LC's Kitchen.. they're different, glorious tangle of onions lightly breaded and fried.

                        i also like By's (2901 4th Avenue South)

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                          mrnelso RE: Leper Mar 2, 2011 10:21 PM

                          OK, so they're only "rings" if you hold them up just right, but Paseo offers a side (and even a 'burger') of grilled onion. We had some fairly decent O-Rings at Kate's the other night, but no wowser. The Jolly Roger is surely caloric, befitting pub-grub, but stiill not enough wow for the buck. I await good news, and thank you, all...

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                            christy319 RE: Leper Mar 5, 2011 05:28 PM

                            You guys are killing me with this thread--everytime it jumps to the top I get a serious craving. Since there's no consensus on where to go I'm breaking down and making some.

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                              mrnelso RE: christy319 Mar 5, 2011 10:58 PM

                              We look forward to your recipe (maybe in the home cooking board)

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                                christy319 RE: mrnelso Mar 6, 2011 12:46 PM

                                I just make Bittman's. I wouldn't argue they're the best ever but they're awfully good right out of the pan.

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                                  mrnelso RE: christy319 Mar 7, 2011 03:54 PM

                                  Thank you

                            2. frygirl RE: Leper Mar 9, 2011 10:55 AM

                              My favorite onion rings are by far at The Counter in Ballard. They are cut very thin with a crunchy panko-style breading. They are a bit on the greasy side, but not disgustingly so. In my mind, they are the perfect ring. I dream of them often...

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                                yoyo11 RE: frygirl Mar 16, 2011 01:09 PM

                                I'll second the onion strings at The Counter. I'm not a huge fan of the place in general as I find their burgers to be pretty bland no matter how many toppings you put on but those onion strings are fantastic. Just greasy and salty enough to make them delicious.

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                                mynotsolittlepony RE: Leper Mar 14, 2011 11:55 AM

                                check out scooters at 59th and 24th in ballard. it's nothing gourmet but they definitely have a very good onion ring batter and they cut them appropriately such that the batter/breading/onion ratio is just right.

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