The best onion rings in Toronto can be found at chippies and fast food joints that take pride in making their heavy, hearty foods from scratch. The rings on this list are cut by hand, dipped and fried to order, seasoned generously, and served immediately. Suitable as a snack or side, this favourite alternative to fries is still salty and crisp on the outside, while the onion itself provides a sweet, soft counterpoint.
Here are the best onion rings in Toronto.
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The vegetarian chain of restaurants, with several locations citywide, serves up deeply-coloured onion rings ($6.50) which feature a sweet centre coated with bread crumbs and puffed quinoa for maximum crispness.
Famous for its juicy hamburgers, this old-school joint in midtown also makes some killer onion rings. Sold on the side, these irresistible, lightly battered rings ($3.50) come crisped to perfection and served hot from the fryer.
Those in the know go "frings" (half fries, half rings) when ordering classic cheeseburger combos at this retro fast-food restaurant near Kipling Station. If you want to truly revel in the goodness of deep-fried onions, skip the fries altogether and go all hoops - a side of rings is $3.98.
This Yonge and College spot's onion rings ($3.99) are dredged in a panko crumb for a light, ultra-crunchy take on the treat. Since it’s not offered elsewhere on the menu, I like to slide a couple between the patty and bun for a little added crunch on my burger.
Blanche de Chambly beer batter makes for puffy, blonde rings at this burger bar on Roncy. Served with ballpark mustard, the onion rings here ($4.25) boast a salty, deep-fried casing with sweet translucent onion at its core.
Specializing in all things fried, this East York chippy has been in business for 17-plus years. Along with the some of Toronto’s best fried fish, you can skip the fries for the well-seasoned, crisp, evenly coated onion rings ($4.25) - or just add on a whole serving.
At this Danforth chip shop, a basket full of expertly seasoned rings ($5) starts with hand-cut red onions lightly coated in an organic house (or gluten-free) batter. They're served up with a choice of 10 house dipping sauces (try the curry mayo); sub them in for chips in part of a fish dinner or enjoy as a snack on their own.
Thick-cut onion rings are hand-dipped to order, then tossed in the fryer for puffy, heavily-battered results. Don't bother with a small order ($3.50) - upsizing to large ($4.50) is the only way to go. Even still, regulars at this Scarborough joint will complain that each order yields too few.
Vidalia onions entombed in light tempura batter are among the specialties at this long-standing burger joint in the city's north end. For $3.50, expect a mountain of generously seasoned, thin-cut rings that go down perfect with a cheeseburger and a beer (yes, this place is licensed).
The Best Onion Rings in Toronto