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Does anyone make a Chili Onion Ring dish?

Seems like fries get all the wet love.

Why none for onion rings?

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  1. Sounds like it may be your calling.

    1. never came across such a thing, but I definitely prefer OR to fries any day...EXCEPT...for anorexic/anemic thin sliced/no batter (ala Friendly's). Usually mix ketchup and rooster sauce for dipping, but, to your point, I'd try it at least once. Any consideration for topping it all off with cheese? If so, what kind?

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        1. re: njmarshall55

          Had no idea that onion rings could be anorexic or anemic. Good to know for the future..

        2. I just don't know if onion rings would hold up the same way. I mean, fries get soggy easily too, but somehow they seem more appealing in their soggy state than an onion ring would to me. I'm totally onion rings > fries, but in this case? I think the potato wins when it comes to poutine and other wet concoctions.

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          1. re: thatwhileifound

            Reverse the order. I'm starting to give this too much thought with a weekend ahead,

            1. re: Bobfrmia

              Is there even a chain restaurant that offers both onion rings and a side of chili as separate items? So that if you were so inclined, you could combine the two on your own?

              The only place I can think of is Smashburger. Are there others out there?

              The Habit and BK has onion rings, but no chili.

              Wendy's has chili but no rings.

              And most places have neither.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Arby's NO, Applebee's NO, Chili's has chili and a crispy onion string and jalapeno stack, but it doesn't look like BIG diner style onion rings.

                1. re: njmarshall55

                  Wienerschnitzel has chili, but no rings.

                  Maid Rite has rings, but no chili.

                  Carl's Jr. (aka Hardys) and Sonic has onion rings, and chili fries, but no separate chili option.

                  Zaxby's and Whataburger has rings, but no chili.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Swingers, Barney's Beanery, Snug Harbor, Astro Burger, Johnny Rockets, Big Wangs, Ruby's Diner, The Waffle, Patrick's Roadhouse, Mel's, Jan's, Fred 62, Hamburger Mary's, Jerry's, Hard Rock Cafe, Fatburger...all serve rings and chili (separately).

                    there are more places but i got bored :)

                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                      Yeah, but I was really thinking 'bout more traditional fast-food joints.

                      That said, all those places -- fast-casual or fast-food -- all do not have chili onion rings.

                      What gives!??

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Well obviously you have the inside skinny on junk food, maybe you need to talk to management.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          Chain restaurant exec # 1: Why don't we make chili onion rings?
                          Chain restaurant exec # 2: Because no one wants any except ipsedixit.
                          Chain restaurant exec # 1: Oh, never mind then.

            2. I bet Sonic would make some for you.

              1. I love chili and onion rings (especially as opposed to fries), so I'd be all for this. My dream chili restaurant and/or food truck would definitely serve chili-topped onion rings, with or without cheese.

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                1. re: Big Bad Voodoo Lou

                  And we'd have big, thick, steakhouse-style onion rings, none of those Burger King "pinky rings" with reconstituted onions.

                2. Ipse,

                  I've read your OP and the replies to date. Sometimes the small regional chains have things the nationals don't.

                  Here in southern CT, we have a chain of 'fast food' restaurants called Duchess that has been around for 50+ years. The units are franchised and menus and quality varies slightly. Their onion rings are excellent, not overly breaded and very crispy. They also have great chili offered on burgers and hot dogs.

                  I have gotten onion rings with a side of Chili (usually about a 30 cent up charge). I've never asked for a side of cheese. They have a chili cheeseburger on the menu, but I assume it uses sliced cheese, not melted dipping cheese. As I am a meat eater, I wouldn't bother with the cheese anyway.

                  Last night I was at Duchess with my wife. She had onion rings with her meal, my meal came with a side of gravy. She was busy dipping her onion rings in the gravy and very happy. I guess if they do fries and gravy in Baltimore, why not oniob rings and gravy in CT?

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                  1. re: bagelman01

                    Here in northern CT, no such luck, but I'll keep looking. Maybe convince the local diners (Goldroc, Applewood) to whip up a plate and see what I get. Who knows? Maybe get it named after me...like a sandwich at the Carnegie.

                    1. re: njmarshall55

                      Olympia on the Berlin Turnpike should have no problem accomodating your request

                    2. re: bagelman01

                      Well, here in Southern California, we have a place called The Hat. www.thehat.com

                      They serve this monstrosity of a dish called "chili cheese pastrami fries." Name sort of says it all. A mound of fries, topped with pastrami slices, then cheddar cheese, and then lathered with chili. If there was such a thing as heartburn on a plate, this thing would be at the front of the line.

                      I'm thinking of going to The Hat and asking them to make me a plate of "Chili Cheese Pastrami Rings"!

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        That's a great ideal. Their oniion rings are very good, and hubby and I can't even finish a half order of them, we usually give them away. I always get a chili burger anyways, so the combo should be great. Let us know how it turns out.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          That is a great idea. Also, you mentioned that Carl's Jr. doesn't have a separate chili option, but they do have chili cheese fries. Have you asked them if they could substitute onion rings for the fries?