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Best onion rings

A beloved Atlanta classic, the Varsity's onion rings were the runway favorite for best onion rings in and around Atlanta.

A beloved Atlanta classic, the Varsity's onion rings were the runway favorite for best onion rings in and around Atlanta.

YOUR PICKS (Chain)

1. The Varsity

You say, “I’m desperately craving those greasy, delicately seasoned Southern works of art” and “My folks used to take me and my two sisters to the Varsity every Sunday night. We’d order from the car and when the food came we’d splay out our meal on the area above the back seats and chow down on those gree-zee ‘rangs’. Best ever, anywhere! It’s not just the taste; it’s the tradition and the memories that make them so delish.”

2. Ted’s Montana Grill

3. Jim N’ Nick’s Bar-B-Q

4. Sonic

5. Zesto

Onion rings accompany the Southern Burger at Flip Burger Boutique. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

Onion rings accompany the Southern Burger at Flip Burger Boutique. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

YOUR PICKS (non-chain)

1. Flip Burger Boutique

You say, “Flip, vodka-battered onion rings (especially if it has the smoked mayo)” and “Flip has the best onion rings in ATL!”

2. George’s Bar & Restaurant

3. Barker’s Red Hots

4. Farm Burger

5. The Brickery

The beer-battered onion rings at Farm Burger in Decatur are accompanied by smoked paprika mayo. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

The beer-battered onion rings at Farm Burger in Decatur are accompanied by smoked paprika mayo. Photo: Becky Stein / Special

OUR PICKS

1. Farm Burger

Food and beverage writer Bob Townsend says, “This feel-good, grass-fed beef burger place scores with quality fixings and sides like seasonal pickles and hand-cut fries. The thick, beer-battered onion rings, served with smoked paprika mayo, are crunchy outside and juicy inside. Best of all, they actually taste like beer.”

2. The Counter

3. Jim ’n Nick’s Bar-B-Q

4. Yeah Burger

5. Barker’s Red Hots

341 comments Add your comment

Dee

September 13th, 2010
12:18 pm

Cj’s Hotdogs on Jonesboro Rd in McDonough have the best onion rings around….love them!!!!

David L Komisarow

September 13th, 2010
12:19 pm

As my family was Shoney’s in Atlanta’s history I believe FAT BURGER has the very best in the entire Atlanta area, they were like I was raised on long ago!

joyatl

September 13th, 2010
12:21 pm

Yeah! Burger Onion Rings are the Best!!

Ganners

September 13th, 2010
12:32 pm

Keagan’s Public House…the Guiness onion rings are fantastic!!

Amanda

September 13th, 2010
12:42 pm

This always has been, and always will be the Varsity!

Mr. Roswell

September 13th, 2010
12:57 pm

VARSITY!!! HANDS DOWN

jeff

September 13th, 2010
12:58 pm

Varsity no one can compete

Sam

September 13th, 2010
1:06 pm

Yeah! Burger for sure and Ted’s Montana Grill. Mmm that horseradish dip makes the perfect pair…

Onion Head

September 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Teds are ok.

The Varsity RULES!!

Young Lady

September 13th, 2010
1:15 pm

Varsity. There’s nothing like them.

I got Blisters on my fingers and Bonions on my toes.

September 13th, 2010
1:18 pm

Varsity…all they way

Gimme uh chili cheeseburger, chili dawg and some O-Rangs…hell yes!

bob

September 13th, 2010
2:04 pm

The best has to be Zesto. Chili dog with onion rings…you can’t beat that!!

DD

September 13th, 2010
2:35 pm

Martins in Norcross

mike

September 13th, 2010
2:35 pm

Onion Ring Lover

September 13th, 2010
2:39 pm

The onion circles at Munchies, Burgers, Wings & Seafood are the best I’ve tasted. They go great with the original Munchie Burger!!!!!

Located @ 6733 Springdale Rd. Riverdale, GA 30274

Mary

September 13th, 2010
2:43 pm

J. Alexander’s are the best!!

Bob

September 13th, 2010
2:44 pm

Zaxby’s and Hardee’s makes some killer rings too.

Kay

September 13th, 2010
2:59 pm

Glenn

September 13th, 2010
2:59 pm

Holeman & Finch’s onion rings are among the best I’ve ever had. Just had them yesterday, so they’re fresh on my mind. Very light, but a crunchy and flavorful batter. Actually, they look amazingly similar to those pictured at the top of this blog. I wonder . . .

KK

September 13th, 2010
4:22 pm

Holeman and Finch!

ORings

September 13th, 2010
4:31 pm

My new favorite onion rings are at Yeah! Burger. Forget the below-average french fries, however.

East Cpbb

September 13th, 2010
4:33 pm

Roccos, Bahama Breeze.

Da Bread

September 13th, 2010
4:34 pm

Any of the 15 Martins restaurants

ChefATL

September 13th, 2010
4:35 pm

h.r.

September 13th, 2010
4:35 pm

Saintmarks

September 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

Texas Rib Ranch on Canton Road just north of 75 in Marietta, they are worth the trip from wherever you are. Almost like a loaf, peel off a handful, dip em in ketchup…. heaven!

1 Touchdown

September 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

The Varsity! No one else can hold their jock strap. ONE RING TO RULE THEM ALL! What’ll Ya Have!? What’ll Ya Have!? What’ll Ya Have!?

MR FEDZ

September 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

Smokin Po Boys BBQ in Winder. YUMM…

missheidi

September 13th, 2010
4:37 pm

The Varsity!

tech71

September 13th, 2010
4:38 pm

Cherokee Cattle Co. in Marietta (owned by Marietta Diner) – large servings and great horseradish sauce

BigJake

September 13th, 2010
4:39 pm

Varsity if you like ‘em greasy, Sonic if you like the with a hint of vanilla, and my house if you like big, wide Vidalia onions in a beer batter

Jake

September 13th, 2010
4:42 pm

Jim N Nick’s, without a doubt, has the best I’ve ever tasted. Everything else, Varsity, local Pubs, you name it, are second rate compared to Jim N Nick’s.

Snoopy

September 13th, 2010
4:43 pm

Da Bestest O-Rangs – The Varsity.. Nowhere else is close…

Jon P

September 13th, 2010
4:43 pm

There are no other onion rings besides the ones from the Varsity! The greasier the better!

BBQMAN

September 13th, 2010
4:43 pm

Bahama Breeze

Honky Talkin'

September 13th, 2010
4:43 pm

Varsity. The rings are world famous!

johnny fontane

September 13th, 2010
4:43 pm

The Varsity. Close the vote.

Mary Beth

September 13th, 2010
4:46 pm

Barker’s Red Hots – made fresh when you order them. And, of course, the Varsity – but I like Barker’s just a tad more.

JEM

September 13th, 2010
4:46 pm

Come on, now! The Varsity!!!

engelaugen

September 13th, 2010
4:48 pm

Buffalo’s!!

KJ

September 13th, 2010
4:48 pm

Jackie

September 13th, 2010
4:49 pm

The VARSITY!!! No question….

chuck

September 13th, 2010
4:50 pm

The Varsity! The best anywhere.

Mary B

September 13th, 2010
4:50 pm

VARSITY!!!!! A far 2nd would be Flip’s

LaPrades Lake Burton

September 13th, 2010
4:51 pm

why ask…Varsity of course

Lovesmesomerings

September 13th, 2010
4:52 pm

Rib Ranch in Marietta has THE best onion rings….EVER

Pope UGA XXIII

September 13th, 2010
4:52 pm

Chain Resatuarants: Zesto’s and Sonic
Restaurants: G G’s in Covington
Tradition: the Varsity, aka “Greezee Vee”

David

September 13th, 2010
4:52 pm

What’s wrong with you guys? SONIC! Good sized rings, a little bit sweet, the breading is just right, not too greasy and always served hot.. Can’t beat the price or the taste!

Whit

September 13th, 2010
4:53 pm

Ormsby’s! diiiiivine!

ERC

September 13th, 2010
4:54 pm

Definitely The Varsity!!