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Feb 19, 2014 11:57 AM

Onion Rings

Kind of a budget topic, but I like onion rings. I'm trying to get my kids to like them. Who has the tastiest? Seems like some places have the thin and crispy, and others have the thick and bready version.

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  1. For the thick version, I like Hut's

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    1. re: PappyAustin

      yep, Hut's does it for me. artery clogging goodness

    2. I don't know the best place for onion rings (I get them occasionally from Top Notch, and they're fine, but not homemade). As far as getting the kids to like them, what about starting with tempura? My mom made tempura with lots of different vegetables a few times when I was pretty young, and it was such a special deal that I probably would have tried anything. Maybe that would convince the kids that deep-fried onions are good. Or if you don't want to make it at home, the big mixed vegetable tempura at Kome has onion in it.

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      1. re: kosheri

        Ha - an excellent response! A tempura party is an great idea. Sometimes, I can trick them into onions by finely dicing and incorporating them into dishes, and then tell them later that they ate onions. My daughter's expression is awesome. But fried up stuff can take the cake.

        1. re: rudeboy

          Exactly! Whether they try them on purpose or "by accident," hopefully they'll end up liking them.

      2. There's basically two types of frozen onion rings available commercially, breaded & batter dipped. Moore's (now owned by McCains) & Anchor are two of the biggest brands. Most casual places use frozen because they are messy to prepare and the frozen ones are quite good. At home I just thin slice an onion, dip it in milk then flour and deep fry. Yum!

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        1. re: zackly

          I have actually seen them advertised on restaurant menus as "Anchor Onion Rings". Both companies are owned by McCain's - it's an onion ring monopoly!


        2. Coincidentally Mike Sutter has a few opinions and pics on this very topic. Good call bringing this up. I usually go for tots or fries, but will gladly indulge Doc's sometime because they look like what my favorites were as a kid, that sort of spackling dipped batter look instead of thick stuff. but then again, I always prefer less breading on my fried treats. To name a few, we've enjoyed Phil's icehouse, Dirty Martin's, Hoffbrau's as the more thin cut, lightly battered and extra greasy variety. Scoff as some may, we really like Cheddar's rings too. Good dipping sauces.

          Or you could get yourself a ninja frying system for the house and kids for your fry party:

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          1. re: slowcoooked

            i'll second dirty's. since flattop closed those are my favorite again.

            1. re: ieathereforeiam

              actually ieat, the flat top rings were indeed fantastic. so many places here seem to last only a year or less. i wonder if they'll sprout up somewhere else?

              1. re: slowcoooked

                allegedly whatever the owners are opening there is supposed to include some of the flattop menu, but we shall see.

          2. Mighty Fine Burgers' onion rings are pretty tasty. I had them at the Arbor Walk location. You can see them make the rings in the glass walled room. Looks like they had some kind of contraption for breading.

            I'd consider them thin style with lots of black pepper flakes.

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            1. re: topodrinko

              Sounds like my next destination. I kind of like the thin ones sometimes. So, when going to Arbor Walk, one just stops at the Arbor then walks?

              1. re: rudeboy

                walking might be easier then driving because that place is a clusterF :)

                for other crispy, thin style rings, try Frisco. Thin slices in a tangled pile

              2. re: topodrinko

                These are very good. They seem to cook to order, they've been super hot and crunchy when we've had them.