You can order onion rings from just about anywhere from Jack in the Box to The Outback’s “bloomin’ onion,” but real onion ring connoisseurs know that to find the best, you have to dig deep. What is the secret to the best onion ring? It depends on who you ask! Here are five very different Seattle restaurants who have all been praised for their delicate handling of the lowly onion and made it something beautiful to behold.

Metropolitan Grill
820 2nd. Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-3287

Often voted as one of the best steakhouses in Seattle, the Metropolitan Grill also has a growing reputation for its treatment of onion rings. Said to be as big as “the size of your face,” as one reviewer stated, guests are often surprised to see onion rings on the high class menu. However, many have stated after tasting them that the rings were “amazing” and “the best ever.” Metropolitan’s Thick Cut Onion Rings are served with their own red curry ketchup. Visit during Happy Hour for the best deal.

Jolly Roger Taproom
1111 NW Ballard Way
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-6181

The Jolly Roger Taproom located within the Maritime Pacific Brewing Company and was named after the restaurant’s most popular holiday beer. The puns run aplenty regarding the taproom’s onion rings. Guests have commented that they are the “bestest onion rings this side of the Columbia River…Yum!” and that they are served “higher than a peg leg.” While some will boast of the food in general, others give the beer even higher praise.

Pepperdock Restaurant
2618 Alki Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 935-1000

While the Pepperdock Restaurant is best known for its hamburgers, the eatery’s onions rings have found a way to make a name for themselves as well. Guest have described the crunchy O’s as “delicious” in that you can actually see the seasonings that Pepperdock uses to give them their own unique taste. They also have commented on the restaurant’s reasonable prices and that the ice cream served in a waffle cone is a nice way to end a meal there.

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Endolyne Joe’s
9261 45th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98136
(206) 937-5637

Located near the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal sits Endolyne Joe’s restaurant. Legend has it that the restaurant was named after Endolyne Joe who was a “ne’er-do-well” trolley conductor. Perhaps he could cook too as fans can’t get enough of his namesake onion rings. The large rings are first dipped in a buttermilk batter then fried up good and crisp and then served with remoulade.

Buckley’s On Queen Anne
232 1st Ave W.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 691-0232

One reviewer found Buckley’s Brew City Rings to be the “best onion rings in the world.” So much so that he stated that he could die today knowing that he found the holy grail of onion rings. The thick beer-battered rings are served with chipotle ranch sauce and ketchup. While you’re there, you might enjoy one of the 14 beers that they offer on tap.

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