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Best onion rings

LVVarsityThere might be a touch of grease on those golden rings, but those crispy circles of deliciousness are still the best in town. Both readers and our critic put them at the top of the list. Photo: Elissa Eubanks,

1. The Varsity
You say, “The Varsity, they may be greasy and can get on the soggy side but they use a great tasting batter and even better tasting onions which I believe are sweet Vidalia onions. MMMMM.”

2. Barker’s Red Hots
3. Ted’s Montana Grill
4. Zesto
5. Sonic

1. The Varsity
The AJC dining team’s Popular Eats specialist Jon Watson says, “If there were any single flavor that encapsulates The Varsity, it would have to be the onion rings. The light, though often greasy, batter on the thinly sliced rings has made this a nearly iconic dish for long term residents of Atlanta.”

2. Bone’s
3. Ormsby’s
4. Grindhouse Killer Burgers
5. Barker’s Red Hots

124 comments Add your comment

Marietta Local

July 24th, 2012
10:56 pm

OK Cafe’s Shaved Onion Rings — doesn’t make me feel like I’m filling up on grease and breading


July 24th, 2012
10:59 pm

Ted’s Montana Grill are THE BEST!

Len Griffin

July 24th, 2012
11:01 pm

Varsity on 400……not downtown


July 24th, 2012
11:04 pm

Maki Fresh in Buckhead. They drizzle an Asian sauce on top and they are to die for.


July 24th, 2012
11:05 pm


July 24th, 2012
11:06 pm

Believe it or not Arby’s!!!


July 24th, 2012
11:08 pm

Red Robin!!!!!


July 24th, 2012
11:10 pm

One Star Ranch in Buckhead – absolutely! Crunchy, greasy, salty… all the necessary guilty pleasure elements of fantastic onion rings.

And because they’re more ’string’ than ‘ring’, you can grab em by the fistful and keep the indulgence coming. Much to your arteries’ regret, but hey, your brain’s pretty happy. I’ve been going for more than 10 years and have not found any rings that come close in Atlanta.


July 24th, 2012
11:11 pm

Deckard’s on Ponce has incredible big fat onion rings, with incredible dipping sauce to match. Also – YEAH! Burger has fantastic rings.


July 24th, 2012
11:15 pm

Sorry, but I don’t know about Martin’s. The last time I had their onion rings it was definitely unique. The managed to get a crispy outside while the inside was full of hot grease ready to run down and burn your chin. It was pretty disgusting.


July 24th, 2012
11:17 pm

Sonic onion rings are the best !


July 24th, 2012
11:28 pm

For fast food…Arbys has the best. Then comes Sonic, which smells like fair food. BK is THE worst, they should not even make them.

Kingdom 1st Mom

July 24th, 2012
11:31 pm

Varsity! hands down.

Betty Guffin

July 24th, 2012
11:31 pm

Flip Burger!


July 24th, 2012
11:34 pm

Wow… Varsity. No contest.


July 24th, 2012
11:35 pm

I would like to add that Zesto’s has the second best.


July 24th, 2012
11:36 pm

Everyone has missed the best – Outlaws Wood Fire Steak & Seafood. Check it out: in McDonough, GA


July 24th, 2012
11:40 pm

Wow. Seems like onion rings are like opinions, everybody’s got one. Ever wrap a Vidalia onion in tinfoil and put it on the charcoal grill?


July 24th, 2012
11:44 pm

Farm Burger! Their onion rings are the closest to perfection that I have ever had.

Here’s a link to Meredith Ford Goldman’s review of Farm Burger from back in 2010:

Her quote from this review: “the beer-battered onions rings may be the best fried and battered slices of an onion anywhere. Ever.”

I concur.


July 24th, 2012
11:58 pm

Yeah Burger’s Gluten Free Onion Rings. For the gluten-intolerant and celiac disease sufferers.


July 25th, 2012
12:03 am

In no particular order, Heirloom Market BBQ, Guston’s in Kennesaw, and Ormsby’s rings are all outstanding.


July 25th, 2012
12:08 am

Barkers Hands Down then Sonic


July 25th, 2012
12:28 am


July 25th, 2012
12:35 am

Varsity downtown, period!!!

My Two Cents

July 25th, 2012
12:35 am

The Varsity and Ted’s


July 25th, 2012
12:36 am

Martin’s Rings which are in the ole Mighty Caseys are to die for.

The Original Observer

July 25th, 2012
12:38 am

Lightly Breaded Please …………..has nailed the analysis of the V rings.

All who said Burger King……get out more.

The Original Observer

July 25th, 2012
12:41 am

Thirsty after all those rings????

Get a Sonic Route 44 Strawberry Slush. Go between 2 and 4 PM and you will be doubly ecstatic.
Warning! High Calorie, but WTF, You only live once.


July 25th, 2012
2:16 am

H-J Wings & Thangs in Tyrone,Ga has the best Onion rings. The Varsity is still good,but on the Southside H-J hands down.

Get Em' While Their Hot

July 25th, 2012
2:17 am

Believe it or not……Golden Coral on Austell Road-
Lightly battered in a seasoned tempura batter they are by far the best!!!!


July 25th, 2012
4:34 am

I’m with Andy. Bones onion rings are off the scale in goodness.


July 25th, 2012
9:05 am

The Varsity hands down!!!!


July 25th, 2012
9:57 am

Aspens east Cobb has the best onion rings hands down.

marian shepard

July 25th, 2012
11:20 am

Farm Burger in decatur


July 25th, 2012
11:21 am

Barkers Red Hots – No one comes close, piping hot cooked to order hand dipped fresh cut. Awesome flavor and just the right amount of batter. They simply are addicting.


July 25th, 2012
12:20 pm

The Vidalia Onion Festival held every year around April or so is the only place to get the best onion rings, bar none.


July 25th, 2012
12:44 pm

Zaxby’s is seasoned to perfection.


July 25th, 2012
12:46 pm

Technically, they’re onion strings, but the ones at Righteous Room are TO DIE FOR. Trust me when I tell you to order them with 3 sides – blue cheese, horseradish sauce, ketchup. NUMMMMMM

k teacher

July 25th, 2012
2:52 pm

Cheddars … can’t wait till they get the Henry County one open so we don’t have to drive to Macon or Columbus


July 25th, 2012
3:46 pm

Ted’s and The Varsity – no question.


July 25th, 2012
3:54 pm

Another vote for Ormsby’s.


July 25th, 2012
8:08 pm

Can’t wait to taste em at Jim n Nicks, I’ve been getting into their bbq recently. I hear they have $3 Margarita’s!!!


July 25th, 2012
9:14 pm

Grindhouse burgers on Piedmont has the best


July 26th, 2012
9:33 am

The Crispy Onion Strings at Maggianos.

sr citizen dawg

July 26th, 2012
12:29 pm

varsity is my first choice
pilgreens is my second choice
both are excellent


July 26th, 2012
1:35 pm

Barker’s Red Hots and The Varsity


July 26th, 2012
1:45 pm

Even though they are more “straw” than ring, Lasseter’s in Vinings are addictive.


July 26th, 2012
5:25 pm


July 26th, 2012
11:08 pm

YumDiggity. Hand-cut, breaded and cooked to order. Easily the best downtown

Onion Lover

July 27th, 2012
6:33 am

I can’t believe I’m not seeing many votes for the vortex. I thought their rings were pretty darn good!