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Twin Cities best onion rings?

Dr.TriRunner Jun 25, 2011 06:04 PM

About 97% of the time, my diet is pretty dang clean. But that remaining 3% gives me a little wiggle room, and if I'm going to wiggle it all, it'd be for onion rings.

I'm curious as to who Chowhounders would credit with the best onion rings? I work at a restaurant, so I'll leave my own [biased] opinion out (even though ours are pretty darn good... just sayin). No location restrictions - I'm in SW Minneapolis but all of MN is fair game!

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    sandylc Jun 25, 2011 06:50 PM

    PLEASE! Chowhounds, respond to this! I am somewhat of a health freak....but my weakness is onion rings. None of those silly, spongy, doughnutty, thick, icky ones. Lovely crisp, thin ones, please!

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      Dr.TriRunner Jun 26, 2011 09:56 AM

      Hahaha!! Well I'm really glad I'm not the only one that feels this way. I've made some "healthier" onion rings at home, but it's not even close to the same.

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      Brad Ballinger Jun 25, 2011 07:33 PM

      Buster's. 28th and 42nd, SE Minneapolis. They won't be spongy or doughy (or doughnutty), but they won't be thin either.

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        BigE Jun 29, 2011 06:35 AM

        I'll second the quality, but I remember the rings at Busters being pretty darn big...maybe I'm just thinking of the massive serving size.

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        otps Jun 25, 2011 07:45 PM

        Hubbell House in Mantorville.

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          otps Jun 25, 2011 08:17 PM

          Their New York steak is very good. We go there a couple times a year, not a bad drive from here in the metro area.

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          KristinT013 Jun 26, 2011 08:11 AM

          I was a Grumpy's on Washington the other night and was pleasantly surprised by the excellent onion rings! They were crisp, not too greasy, and easy to bite cleanly through (rather than dragging the whole slippery onion out with the first bite). Very tasty, and delivered piping hot from the fryer. Definitely a win. For sandylc's reference, they were maybe 3/8 of an inch thick-- not the thinnest I've seen, but not giant 1-inch honkers either.

          Grumpy's Bar & Grill
          1111 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55415

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            sandylc Jun 26, 2011 05:35 PM

            Thanks! They don't need to be ultra thin - Half an inch or less is good with me. I just hate the ones that look like giant doughnuts.

          2. jillbcooks Jun 26, 2011 09:17 AM

            Hands down, Leo's in Stillwater.

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              DukeFan Jun 26, 2011 10:45 AM

              I might be flamed for this, but Tavern on France's are very good. nice think breading with a little kick and a 1/4-3/8 thick piece of onion

              Tavern on France
              6740 France Ave S, Minneapolis, MN

            2. danionavenue Jun 26, 2011 04:16 PM

              Hrbek's in/at Target Field. Huge and delicious. They come out stacked up on a pole with great dipping sauces. SOOOO good!

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                Bobannon Jun 26, 2011 07:29 PM

                I think the Sunshine Factory in New Hope has great onion rings. Not really thin, but I don't care for thickly cut onion rings and i love these. Sort of a beer batter. And you get a huge order,. They are an especially great deal during Happy Hour. 3 - 6 and 9 - 12.

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                  liney714 Jun 27, 2011 07:48 AM

                  5-8 club. Big cooked well onion rings but not jumbo. with crispy outsides and cooked insides the best

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                    brlattim Jun 27, 2011 07:58 AM

                    Used to be Mady's Bowling on Central and 42nd(?). Seriously I would drive there just for the rings. Epicly good. I prefer the thinner slices over like a ultra thick slice of onion though.

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                    tart1 Jun 27, 2011 11:03 AM

                    Mannings on Como Ave in SE Mpls. Their burgers are good, too.

                    1. cayjohan Jun 27, 2011 12:57 PM

                      If out-state works, try the onion rings at Grandma's in Duluth. They're consistently reliable on the frying (crisp, not too greasy), and they're "hand-cut-daily onions", according to staff . And: they taste of *onion*, not just fried batter. Nice rings and worth a try.

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                        Dr.TriRunner Jun 27, 2011 05:02 PM

                        I actually go up to Duluth pretty frequently, and will be *moving* there in the summer of 2012 for two years. I do remember having the onion rings at Grandma's, and they were pretty darn good. Then again, that was after running Grandma's Marathon, and I'm pretty sure anything tastes good at the end of a marathon.... ;)

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                          cookkevin Jun 29, 2011 07:20 AM

                          Serums Bar in Anoka, very good rings

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                            Gastron Jun 29, 2011 07:35 AM

                            Yep-Hubbell House are realllly good.Town & Country Club (private though) are off the charts.Buttermilk batter,yet not thick dough-nuts.Grandma's does them right.A touch of seasoned sour cream never hurt either.

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                        MayrMN Jun 29, 2011 07:20 PM

                        We were pretty impressed by the ones at Rudolph's. Super crispy, not thin, not too thick. Just right.

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                          sheepy Jun 30, 2011 07:30 PM

                          Danielson's and Daughters has a booth at the State Fair, and that is the only reason to go to the Fair. I've heard they also have a restaurant, maybe it was West St Paul, but I begged them not to tell me any more. I can't know that I could get these year round.

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                            stymie Jun 9, 2012 07:57 PM

                            Buster's looked much better than they turned out. JJ's Clubhouse (Golden Valley) has my favorite. Half price during happy hour, goes great with a couple of their $1.00 sliders.

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                              justalex Jun 10, 2012 09:00 AM

                              I'll second JJ's Clubhouse. For a sports bar type place they have very solid food. Love their hot beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy and (gasp!) fresh wax and green beans.

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                              gildeddawn Jun 10, 2012 07:21 AM

                              Burger Moe's in Saint Paul has lovely battered onion rings. Nice burgers, too.

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                                alpa chino Jun 10, 2012 11:03 AM

                                I hate onion rings, can't stand them. However, when I was doing my burger tour across the TC--I noticed two places that made onion rings specifically for the burgers. And they were pretty good. At Ike's and Pat's tap. Ikes is really good, very thin, crispy, small, crunchy, and flavorful. Definitely an "onion ring" I could tolerate.

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                                  bohemianclub Jun 10, 2012 06:49 PM

                                  Suprisingly, A & W and DQ Grill both have some mighty fine rings, and they don't cost 8 bucks!

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                                    gromit Jun 13, 2012 08:59 AM

                                    Based on a visit last week, George and the Dragon is definitely a contender. Before that I would probably have recommended Buster's.

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