Onion Rings: Bigger Is Definitely Not Better

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I'm over super-sized onion rings. They first made their appearance at steakhouses and burger joints but have become increasingly popular at bars everywhere. Often stacked like a tower to the heavens, they arrive precariously ready to topple and litter your table in shards of fried breading.

Katy Trail Ice House features rings the size of Hula Hoops. Your great aunt could use them as bracelets if you weren't busy with your knife and fork trying to saw off a manageable bite, and it's that sawing action that ruins everything. The breading shears from the onion and falls apart, and the pieces are impossible to impale with a fork.

Think you can use your hands? You know what's going to happen. Take one bite and the whole onion ring pulls out and droops from your mouth like a slender floppy tongue. Now you're left with an empty shell, a broken heart, greasy fingers and no napkins.

Onion rings should be small. They should be made with tender sweet onions, be able to fit in the condiment cup that accompanies then and consumed in one bite or two. I get it. We're in Texas, and everything is bigger and better, but with onion rings it's not the size but the flavor and texture that count.

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3127 Routh St., Dallas, TX

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Melissa
Melissa

Dairy-Ette makes fabulous onion rings.  Home made root beer too.

@sidewalkastro1
@sidewalkastro1

I like my onion rings thin. The large ones seem not to cook as well.

mester
mester

Hi, you are living in Texas. Welcome to big onion rings.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

Though the big rings at Pappas steak house ate pretty damn good, l prefer a more reasonable presentation. The problem is that the breading to onion ratio is all out of whack on most of the big ones, and you can't get the onion hot enough to cook it without scorching the batter

Mike3647
Mike3647

Like the douchebags at Katy Trail know any better.

Steviblaze
Steviblaze

...and the batter should be fine, not bread-crumby. I don't want Captain Crunch Mouth from my onion rings. Giant, bread-crumb-gravel-encrusted onion rings aren't even worth eating.

Noah W. Bailey
Noah W. Bailey

Gimme a Bloomin' Onion any damn day over these giant monstrosities.

Benjamin Germany
Benjamin Germany

The Loon's onion rings kick the crap out of EVERYBODY else's.

Paul Hightower
Paul Hightower

Do you get a bad taco and swear off tacos everywhere? Don't confuse big onion rings with poorly executed big onion rings.

tex
tex

Saltgrass Steakhouse makes some good thin onion rings.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Do they sell onion rings at the Ballpark in Arlington, Cowboys Stadium, or the AAC?

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

Couldnt agree more. Big onion rings may seem kick ass, but they wre just really invented by a lazy cook that didn't want to take the time to make real onion rings. Give me a bloomin onion any day.

littleloo
littleloo

Bring back the onion ring loaf !  

eam0061
eam0061

Slender floppy tongue just turned me on. Oh, and to hell with big onion rings.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Kenny's Burger Joint has excellent ginormous onion rings, but overall I agree with the sentiment. I've always been partial to Burger King's rings, as far as small and fast food examples go.

primi timpano
primi timpano

If you are going south try the Jim's Coffee House (San Antonio, Austin, Waco).  Most everything there is average but the onion rings are outstanding.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Thinly shaved red onions, soaked in buttermilk to pull out pungency. Next they get a thin coating in super light and runny beer batter before a flash fry. You end up with crisp, slightly sweet onions you can serve in a tangled mess.

One of the world's greatest burger toppings.

LesliO
LesliO

LOL @ Cap'n Crunch mouth

primi timpano
primi timpano

Never had their onion rings but at least at the Loon you can have your rings with a nice pour of whiskey.  Top 10 hamburger, too.

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