Onion rings? (and signs of creeping old age)
We took my youngest son out to Lick's in the Beaches as his birthday dinner. If you go to http://www.lickshomeburgers.com , you'll find a buy-one-kids-meal, get the second half price.
My wife and I split an order of onion rings (with our homeburgers), and I was disappointed. The batter was dark, but not very crispy.
This got me thinking about the last time I had a really good order of onion rings. I think the most ubiquitous place to order them is Burger King, but I try to avoid fast food as much as possible (and I guess I'm succeeding).
Could some chowhound suggest a good place for onion rings? (Don't just name the restaurant, describe the rings!
Incidentally, after I left university (in Chicago), I noticed that my taste buds had changed. The burgers I enjoyed so much (corn-fed beef!) just didn't seem the same anymore. I'm sure that it was me, more than the restaurants. Anyway, at Lick's, I have to say that I found the 6-ounce patty to be a bit overpowering in the large (but not jumbo) bun. Of course, there's pickles, tomato, etc. that build up the bulk, but somehow I wish the bun had been crustier. Now in my mid-40s, I'm beginning to think my days of major meat consumption have passed.
The kids first complained about the small portion of fries in the kids meals, and then didn't finish them. They thought that they were too potato-ey, which means that there much more accustomed to shoestring fries (which is my preference) that the average cut that Licks does.
Just for the record, I probably do eat at Lick's two to three times per year, particularly when I'm in the Beaches.
Steer Burger Inn up in Richmond Hill (on Yonge Street) has awesome rings. I think they are dipped in a beer batter than makes them very light and crispy...almost like tempura. Give it a try.
On the burger front, while you are up there and if you dont mind stopping at a couple of places to make a great meal, go to Golden Star (just north of Steeles on Yonge St.), they have awesome burgers. Their rings arent bad, but if you want the best of both worlds, then make the extra effort.