The Best Onion Rings in Toronto
The best onion rings in Toronto prove that the formerly fast food staple can be refined into something more than just an occasional stand-in for French fries. Broadly speaking, the key parameters for an onion ring are the cut, the coating, and the seasoning. Some people prefer the relative crispiness of a thin-cut ring versus the meatier thick cut. On the topic of coatings, the big choice is between a doughy batter or panko breaded rings.
Finally, some restaurants choose to season their batter/breading, and others prefer to let the onions speak for themselves. Regardless of one's preferences, there's probably a spot on our list frying up your ideal onion ring as we speak.
Here are the 13 best onion rings in Toronto.
This long-standing Etobicoke institution perfectly embodies the 50’s diner ethos, and has found a way to work some of that spirit into their onion rings. They’re thin cut and battered, with a nice balance of chewiness and crispiness. No fancy tricks here, just straight up onion rings done right. More »
Though mainly renowned for their beef, Craft Burger’s onion rings stand up as a worthy side dish. Heavily breaded, thick cut and fried to order, these are not rings to be trifled with. More »
The thick cut, battered rings served at GBC have a salty seasoning kick that gives them an addictiveness best fought off with root beer. Take-out bags are thoughtfully perforated by staff to prevent the steam from getting the coating all soggy. More »
Not a name generally found on fast-food lists, culinary hot spot Nota Bene nonetheless crafts some wicked awesome onion rings. Chef David Lee serves the impossibly thin, well seasoned rings in a mound so huge it’s best tackled as a team effort. More »
Given the obvious attention lavished on their barbeque, it’s no surprise that the onion rings at Stockyards are also top notch. With a medium thick cut, spicy batter, and careful frying to ensure optimum crispiness, these are rings that are indisputably worth a little bit of artery clogging. More »
This diner at Dundas and Ossington serves big fat onion rings with a lightly seasoned batter and a good, crisp consistency. Also, they’re open 24 hours a day, making this one of the few places in town where you can get a high-quality grease fix at 4 in the morning. More »
Yet another long-time greasy spoon fixture on the city’s fast food scene, The Burger Shack’s onion rings are battered, thin cut and nicely fried – not too crunchy, not too soggy. More »
Vegetarian cooking tends to get stigmatized as healthy and boring, but Fresh proves it can be every bit as unhealthy and delicious as non-vegetarian cuisine. Their huge onion rings are breaded with quinoa, which adds some visual and textural interest. More »
BQM’s onion rings are cut nice and thick, with a liberal coating of breading that gives these rings some above-average crunch. Don’t worry though, all that panko crispiness is balanced by the mildly sweet, fresh onions inside. More »
Universal’s big, crispy rings are as tasty and satisfying as anything, but it’s the addition of fresh herbs that brings some class and finesse to the otherwise humble side dish. Bonus - some of the friendliest service in the city. Double bonus - awesome hot sauce for dipping. More »