Thin onion rings in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul?
April 15, 2014 6:28 AM   Subscribe

My wife loves those thin onion rings and has a birthday coming up. She'd like to celebrate at at some place that has great skinny rings. Can you recommend any restaurants with tasty onion rings in Minneapolis, St. Paul, or any of the Twin Cities suburbs? I can't recall what the onion rings are like at different restaurants and her examples of good rings are from other cities.
posted by Area Man to Food & Drink (13 answers total)
I can't answer this for you, I'm afraid, but if you find no success here it may be a question for Chowhound.
posted by AmandaA at 6:35 AM on April 15, 2014

Best answer: Mac's Industrial has their "burning rings of fire" which are thinly breaded onion rings, I'm not sure if they're what you'you have in mind. Plus, it's pretty sports-barry inside (they used to have an awesome happy hour, no longer I'm afraid).
posted by Think_Long at 6:37 AM on April 15, 2014

Seconding Mac's burning rings of fire! Very skinny and a little spicy. Overall their prices are decent so go for it.
posted by mlo at 6:41 AM on April 15, 2014

5-8 Club maybe? There's a user photo here that shows their "onion strings."
posted by cabingirl at 6:42 AM on April 15, 2014

Best answer: Edina Grill and Highland Grill have them on the menu
posted by goggie at 6:44 AM on April 15, 2014

Best answer: I am a long ways from Minneapolis, but if all else fails, make The Pioneer womans onion strings

Not a night out, but awesome and not hard, just requires planning.
posted by domino at 6:47 AM on April 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Smashburger has these, but it is "fast casual", not really a birthday dinner kind of place. It would work for a birthday lunch.

Highland Grill, as mentioned by goggie, has great pierogis, too!
posted by soelo at 7:11 AM on April 15, 2014

I can't claim to be a connoisseur, but I really like the onion rings (and the pizza, and the beer) at Dulono's Pizza at Lake and Garfield.
posted by COBRA! at 7:12 AM on April 15, 2014

The onion rings at the 5-8 Club, at least the last time I was there in January, were out of a bag, which was disappointing. To add insult to injury the pickle chips and onion straws we ordered were really greasy and limp. Culvers, of all places, has really good real onion rings.
posted by playertobenamedlater at 8:15 AM on April 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Famous Dave's has them as well. I've never eaten them as an appetizer, but I've had them as a burger topping and they seemed good, crisp with a bit of spice.
posted by Esteemed Offendi at 9:44 AM on April 15, 2014

Northbound Smokehouse Brewpub in south Minneapolis has onion rings fried in waffle batter that I dig. Not skinny, though.

(I have enjoyed the onion straws at 5-8 in the past, though they do pack some serious salt and grease.)
posted by substars at 12:24 PM on April 15, 2014

Let me re-confirm that Culver's has side orders of deep fried, non-limpy, thin cut onion rings. Just had them on Sunday at the Culver's on Nicolett and American Blvd, just off 494.
posted by lstanley at 12:50 PM on April 15, 2014

Response by poster: Thanks everyone!
posted by Area Man at 6:22 AM on April 16, 2014

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