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The Best Onion Rings in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 10, 2014

onion rings torontoThe 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.

See also:

The Best Fries in Toronto
The Best Sweet Potato Fries in Toronto
The Best Old-School Burgers in Toronto
The Best Cheeseburgers in Toronto

Top photo by Lucas Richarz in the blogTO Flickr pool

Fresh

Fresh

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. More »

Burger Shack

Burger Shack

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. More »

Apache Burgers

Apache Burgers

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. More »

W Burger Bar

W Burger Bar

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. More »

The Rude Boy

The Rude Boy

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. More »

Olde York Fish and Chips

Olde York Fish and Chips

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. More »

Off the Hook

Off the Hook

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. More »

The Real McCoy

The Real McCoy

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. More »

Golden Star

Golden Star

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). More »

Discussion

28 Comments

Danny / September 10, 2014 at 01:21 pm
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For once I agree completely - with the top 3.
Ring Me Tonight / September 10, 2014 at 01:37 pm
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Good list!
Glaring omission: Magic Spot on Bloor West.
martin / September 10, 2014 at 01:40 pm
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there is a new player in town Sea Witch Fish & Chips. THEY MAKE THE BEST ONION RINGS IN TOWN NOW!!!!!!! HANDS DOWN !!!!! THE WINNER!! GO CHECK THEM OUT.
Harvey / September 10, 2014 at 01:41 pm
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Harvey's Order Onion Rings or get the FRINGS!!!
PutARingOnIt / September 10, 2014 at 02:05 pm
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Wow...I agree with this list! I have to admit, Harvey's does have decent rings for a fast food chain.
JimmyJ / September 10, 2014 at 02:24 pm
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What, no Jumbo Burger?
John Mosey / September 10, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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I've been going to the Apache Burger for almost 50 years (hard to write that and look at).
Their Onion Rings have brought me back to the location over the years whether I lived in Halifax, Vancouver, California, Whitby or Minnesota.
Sometimes overcooked, always greasy with cooking fat...always delicious.
PC / September 10, 2014 at 03:17 pm
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+1 to Apache Burger frings - awesome!

+1 also to Sea Witch - everything there is just amazing.

A little outside Toronto city limits are the best ever though: C & Dubbs on Dundas East in Mississauga between Cawthra & Dixie. The best onion rings in the GTA for my money!
John / September 10, 2014 at 03:19 pm
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The onion rings at Dairy Freeze at Caledonia Park and St. Clair are pretty awesome and worth including as well. :)
j / September 10, 2014 at 03:31 pm
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thanks for not blowing up my favorite spot, blogto.
js / September 10, 2014 at 03:38 pm
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BQM should be on (and near the top of) this list
gonzo / September 10, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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This post makes me miss People's Foods on St. Clair and Mr. Smiley's on Vic park. RIP.
Neil / September 10, 2014 at 03:51 pm
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Burger Shack has amazing rings and deserves it's high place, but I think MR BURGER in Oshawa is even better. the batter is so thick but crispy on the outside. I usually don't even get a burger because an order of rings is a meal in itself.
yt / September 10, 2014 at 03:53 pm
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jumbo burger are in the same family as burger shack/apache/dairy freeze, but imo, are the best at it.
they make them fresh each day, par cook, and fry to order.

they're all good. now i'm hungry.

problem with sea witch, imo, is that they don't pair well with fish fried in the same batter. maybe what you do is get stockyards' burger and run over to get o-rings from sea witch. (or convince stockyards to make rings again!)
Tania / September 10, 2014 at 04:02 pm
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Caledonia Burger!
Tania replying to a comment from Tania / September 10, 2014 at 04:03 pm
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Also known as Dairy Freeze...sorry about that!
Shawn / September 10, 2014 at 04:38 pm
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At Harveys, you can get an Onion ring poutine at no extra cost! Although IMO it'd taste better without the cheese (makes it too salty).
Shwiggity replying to a comment from Neil / September 10, 2014 at 05:03 pm
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Mr. Burger is one of the only things I miss about Oshawa (that and the abundance and variety of mullets, which you will almost certainly witness if you're at Mr. Burger). I agree, the onion rings there are awesome if you're out that way!
Forlornion / September 10, 2014 at 07:10 pm
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Montecito is brand new. Amazing O-rings.
Syncros / September 10, 2014 at 08:38 pm
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best onion rings I've had lately are the homemade ones from Great Burger Kitchen on Gerrard at Jones.
ty / September 10, 2014 at 09:38 pm
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Apache burgers is shit on a stick
kasual / September 11, 2014 at 12:29 pm
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A & W. Period.
Heather / September 11, 2014 at 04:20 pm
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Ok, so it's a chain, but I LOVE South Street Burger rings! They are thin cut red onions, and the batter is sparse, like... it's tempura style. They have curry mayo that's awesome to go with. It's my junk food go-to when I have to have something fried. SO GOOD.
Joy / September 12, 2014 at 04:46 pm
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Golden Star is not in Toronto.
FatMan / September 14, 2014 at 01:38 pm
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This list states all places make their rings from scratch, however that is not the case. Having grown up in Thornhill where Golden Star is actually located, I can tell you that even though they are delicious, their onion rings are mccain from frozen.
Westside / September 14, 2014 at 10:44 pm
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Apache - spot on. Burger and onion rings every damn time and never disappointed.
James / September 15, 2014 at 03:59 pm
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Paradise Farms Prime Beef Bistro at Bayview and & Sheppard E. Awesome awesome onion rings and the rest of the menu is also great.
Joanne / September 16, 2014 at 01:04 pm
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You all need to try the onion rings at Shamrock Burgers in Scarborough (Kingston Rd & Lawson). I know it's a little far east for you downtown folks, but on the way to the zoo you can pick up a seriously good lunch! The onion rings are like donuts.

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