Kansas City has its own tradition of serving onion rings with 'que and burgers, including at the venerable Winstead's, which also offers the "Fifty-Fifty" (a half order of fries with a half order of rings). Winstead's onion rings tend to be small with a dense battered crust, so they wouldn't make it into our Top Five for anything but nostalgic reasons. The real Top Five would have to be these:
5) Quick's Bar-B-Q & Catering Company in Merriam serves damn good rings. As tasty with a slab of ribs as they are with a fried bologna sandwich.
4) Hi Boy, a 52-year-old local burger chain with three East Side locations, claims to have the best onion rings in town. The best? Maybe not, but close.
3) Ted's Montana Grill, which has several local locations in town, offers a tower of "salt and pepper" rings that are truly comforting on a cold night.
2) Blanc Burgers + Bottles serves fantastic Boulevard Pale ale rings with delectable house-made sauces.
1) Jack Stack Barbecue --
all locations -- has the thickest, juiciest and maybe the biggest
rings in town. The tower of rings could be a meal in itself.
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