Onion Ring Ravage: Ted's Hot Dogs vs The Chicago Hamburger Co.


See Also: Top Ten Hot Dogs in Greater Phoenix

Oh Onion Rings -- so unhealthy but so delicious. The golden fried rings are one of our biggest guilty pleasures.

This week, we're pitting the onion rings from two of our old school favorites -- Ted's Hot Dogs in Tempe and Phoenix's Chicago Hamburger Co. -- against each other. One place is famous for their charbroiled dogs and the other is known for their tasty little sliders. One shop hand makes their rings daily and the other opts for the pre-made variety.

Let's find out who fries up a better ring...

Shannon Armour
In This Corner: Ted's Charcoal Broiled Hot Dogs

The Set Up: This hot dog chain opened their one and only non-New York location in the heart of Tempe back in 1983 and it has since become a destination eatery for hot dog lovers across the state and beyond. The interior of the McClintock and Broadway hot dog shop is clean and simple with big booths and classic tiles. The staff is friendly and works quickly to keep the constant line short.

The Good: Ted's makes their onion rings by hand every single day and they never see the inside of a freezer. The onions are sliced paper thin and coated with a lightly seasoned breading then tossed in hot grease till they are golden brown. There isn't a whole lot of breading, so the flavor of the onion really shines through on these guys.

The Bad: The fried onions are more like onion strings than onion rings and since the breading is a little sparse, the grease really likes to cling to the onion. If you don't eat them right away, they tend to turn into a bit of a soggy, greasy mess.

Location Info

Chicago Hamburger Co.

3749 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Ted's Charcoal Broiled Hot Dog

1755 E. Broadway, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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I think this one's a personal preference one. I do love the onion rings at both places, but the onion rings at Ted's just go perfectly with their hot dogs.


Then there's the crunchy behemoths that they serve up at Joe's Farm Grill. Mmmmm.

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Chicago Hamburger Co is on Indian School and 38th st, not 40th.  Yes, it's being a little anal to clarify that, but there's a light there and everything, so why not say the right street?  You wouldn't want someone to miss such a great place because they just looked at the 40th st intersection, and it's lazy reporting.

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