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Feb 26, 2012 09:22 AM

Hodads style onion rings in LA area (Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena areas)

Can't make it down to SD this trip but we are craving Hodad's onion rings! Any suggestions for good onions rings (with that crunchy batter like at Hodad's) in the LA area?

We'll mostly be in the SM, Hollywood, and Pasadena areas but am open to any suggestions.


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  1. Nope, no onion rings up here like Hodad's in San Diego that I know of. I wish.
    But I do like the Tempura Onion Rings at Umami Burger (in Santa Monica and Hollywood) and the mountain of onion rings served at The Hat in Pasadena (one order can serve 4). Hope those help your cravings.

    The Hat
    491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

    Umami Burger
    850 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    Umami Burger
    4655 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Umami Burger
    12159 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Photo of said O rings...

      ADD: While I have not tried them the Bun Truck's tempura onion fries (fried in duck) fat might be a good place to sample some...

    2. Closest I can think of to Hodad's onion rings -- big, thick, crunchy monstrosity of deep-fried goodness -- is at Big Daddy's in Pasadena.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Ipse, have you tried anything else from Big Daddy's, and, if so, was it good?

        Apparently they have ambitious plans:

        "Locations Opening Soon: Old Pasadena Spring of 2012, Glendale Fall of 2012, Arcadia Spring of 2013"

        1. re: Peripatetic

          Lamb burger, steak sandwich, and the milkshakes are pretty good. Not a destination place, but a nice alternative to fast-food.

          We sort of stumbled on the place when In N Out was too crowded.

        2. re: ipsedixit

          The rings here do look good based on the yelp pictures! Thanks for the tip!

          Might be good to get some onion rings to go with my double double animal style (considering the In-N-Out fries are just fair).

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Big Daddy's sounds intriguing. We will have to hit this place for Happy Hour one day.