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Best Onion Rings / Worst Onion Rings

topsail33 Feb 21, 2014 02:49 PM

Best onion rings: Hard Times Cafe. Yes, they are greasy, but they come out nice and thin and hot with just the right amount of batter.

Worst onion rings: Burger-Fi. Very disappointing side to my otherwise good hamburger meal. They were very greasy and cut way too thick and had too much batter on them. Not at all what I was expecting.

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    wayne keyser Feb 21, 2014 02:57 PM

    Depends what style a person likes.

    Thin, crispy, just right: Popeye's.

    Thick, juicy, sweet, just right: Red Robin.

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    1. re: wayne keyser
      topsail33 Feb 26, 2014 05:09 PM

      I won't eat at Red Robin - too much MSG.

    2. Mister Big Feb 21, 2014 03:19 PM

      Smashburger has good onion rings.

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        Steve Feb 21, 2014 04:16 PM

        Garden District which used to be the Standard (at 14th and S Sts, NW) has the best. Outdoor restaurant open seasonally.

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        1. re: Steve
          Marty L. Feb 21, 2014 10:01 PM

          And it'll be reopening a week from today, 03/01 (weather permitting)!

        2. hill food Feb 21, 2014 11:29 PM

          as much as I LOVE the Tune Inn, their onion rings (strings really) kinda suck. better to throw them in the oven, dry them out and make green bean casserole.

          1. monkeyrotica Feb 25, 2014 07:28 AM

            Best: Popeyes.

            Worst: Burger King.

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              Bob W Feb 25, 2014 07:49 AM

              BK onion rings are a crime against nature.

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                hill food Feb 25, 2014 07:50 PM

                BK rings - heinous. yes. I'll do without.

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                  monkeyrotica Feb 26, 2014 03:06 AM

                  The onion Rings at Post Pub were always consistent, but it's been years since I went.

                  I'll amend my previous statement. While not onion rings per se, Toledo Lounge used to serve an "onion loaf" that was pretty heinous. A tangle of fried onions that was mostly grease. I recall Red Hot & Blue used to serve something similarly vile. If there's a good version of this dish, I haven't had it.

                  There was a piece on the Post years back about a cook who used to work at one of the older restaurants (Trader Vic's maybe?) who was known for his onion rings. I want to say he was from China or Vietnam. Sliced thin, tossed in seasoned flour, and fried hard and crispy. I wish I could remember who/where this was. Maybe this will ring a bell with one of the DC veterans.

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              Vidute Feb 25, 2014 06:44 PM

              zburger has tasty rings.

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                MikeR Feb 26, 2014 05:25 AM

                but not very tasty burgers. So I don't care about the onion rings at Z-Burger.

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                  Vidute Feb 26, 2014 06:18 PM

                  i agree about the burgers. i only go there when i'm craving rings.

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                laststandchili Feb 26, 2014 01:54 PM


                Best I've had recently were at the Smokehouse. Like friggin lawn mower tires, but not sopping with grease. Lots of batter, keeps the onion slightly crisp.

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