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Feb 21, 2014 02:49 PM

Best Onion Rings / Worst Onion Rings

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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  1. 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

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

    2. Smashburger has good onion rings.

      1. 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

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

        2. 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. re: monkeyrotica

              BK onion rings are a crime against nature.

              1. re: Bob W

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

                1. re: hill food

                  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.