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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

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July 27th, 2012
7:17 am

Flip in Atlanta

Andre Hylton

July 27th, 2012
8:18 am

Teds and New York Prime.

Jodi Edmondson

July 27th, 2012
9:47 am

The Varsity- HANDS DOWN!!!


July 27th, 2012
9:52 am

The Tavern @ Phipps!!


July 27th, 2012
11:22 am

Jim & Nick’s ….

Matt H

July 27th, 2012
12:04 pm

Heirloom Market BBQ – big rings. light, crispy, hand dipped. Delicious! Goes great with their amazon BBQ.


July 27th, 2012
1:16 pm

George’s in VA-Highlands
Onion Strings at Six Feet Under

Aunt B

July 27th, 2012
1:17 pm

Wings and Things, McDonough. Use to think the V had the best until I had these.


July 27th, 2012
1:37 pm

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

Holden Magroyne

July 27th, 2012
4:20 pm

Williamson Bros BBQ!!


July 27th, 2012
4:34 pm

Looks like Hands Down wins, wherever that is. I didn’t see anyone mention Holman & Finch, who do a wonderful onion ring.


July 27th, 2012
8:06 pm

The Brickery in Sandy Springs has onion rings that are the best I have ever had. Also a guilty pleasure is Red Robin in Cumming.


July 27th, 2012
8:22 pm

5 SEASONS BREWING has the best beer-battered onion rings with a smoked tomato aioli dipping sauce! UN-BEER-LIEVABLE!


July 27th, 2012
8:29 pm

I actually have been thinking a lot about onion rings lately and really miss the fantastic ones at Jilly’s—-such great onion flavor and not greasy at all. Here’s what I’ve learned—-a batter only soaks up grease and dilutes the onion taste. The key to great non-greasy onion rings is to dip them a bit in maybe some egg/milk BUT then only use flour/pancake mix. Trust me, that is the key. But most people seem to like the—battered, dripping in grease, the onion is not the star–type of onion ring. The only place I know that comes close to the old Jilly’s/Damon’s etc is the Georgia Rib Company in Marietta.

Richard Simmons

July 27th, 2012
9:31 pm

I can only surmise that all the votes for Varsity in any category are for sentimental reasons. Any objective person could never nominate that grease-pit for anything of excellence. I’ve been to Varsity twice in my life. That is two times too many. For a local chain that actually produces edible food, I go to Zestos. Zestos rings are great!


July 28th, 2012
5:41 pm

Lots of great places for onion rings in Atlanta, though my all-time favorite was at the now closed Kudzu Cafe in Buckhead (corner of Peachtree Road/East Shadowlawn Avenue). They were thick/wide cut and served stacked on their sides at least 8″ high on a plate…what a presentation !!!


July 29th, 2012
9:09 am

Dave Allen

July 29th, 2012
9:45 am

Redneck Gourmet in Down-Town Newnan, georgia has the best onion rings on this side of the Mississippi River, Hands down!!!!

Brogens Hero

July 29th, 2012
12:20 pm

Bone’s onion rings are fantastic!


July 29th, 2012
3:21 pm

Grindhouse on Edgewood in the old curb market. OMG – not greasy and delicious!!!


July 29th, 2012
4:05 pm

Fast Food – Sonic
Casual Dining – The Nook on Piedmont


July 29th, 2012
10:14 pm

I’ve eaten rings throughout Atlanta and Barker’s Red Hots is by far the best! They also have the best hot dogs!


July 30th, 2012
7:01 am

George’s w/ a hamburger
Barker’s w/ a dog


July 30th, 2012
8:56 am