Top 5 Onion Rings in Brampton

Published October 27, 2018 at 10:14 pm

Missing a little crunch in your life? It happens to us all, but it’s not something a well battered onion ring can’t help with. Sure, almost every second restaurant makes onion rings, but the greasy and crunchy ones that really satisfy your craving are most likely in the diners, truck stops and breakfast restaurants across this city.

Here are a few contenders for best onion rings in Brampton:  

5) Exalta

Located at the corner of Queen and Kennedy, this fairly new breakfast resto has a few neat surprises for the city. Open 7am to 4pm, 7 days a week, Exalta provides a large variety of breakfast options, many of which help bring in large crowds over the weekend. While they have eggs of every kind, they also serve a few different sandwiches, wraps, and entrees. They also have an LLBO for those seeking a slightly stiffer beverage. Their onion rings are crispy and a bit thinner than most, but do help satisfy a craving. A slight note, they are also a little less salty than most, but I know a few who prefer that.

4) Stacy Lee’s Family Restaurant

Remember when I mentioned family style diners? Well this is one of them! This well-known resto is just behind a Husky gas station in a plaza off Queen and McLaughlin. Known for their all day breakfasts, this family restaurant has options for the whole family, young and old! While they may be small, they do have charming service with a smile, and some pretty good onion rings too. Salted perfectly, and fried to a satisfying crunch, these make a great accompaniment to any meal, but can do just as well on their own.

3) Jake’s Boathouse

This bar and restaurant isn’t the easiest place to find, but it sure is a gem. Located on First Gulf Blvd, just across from Orion’s Gate Movie Theatre, it really does give you a boathouse feel. The menu offers a good selection of choices and the service there is fantastic! Their onion rings were quite a surprise. A thicker cut onion ring, they were adequately salted, and very crispy. Try them with their delicious aioli!

2) Poutine Dare to Be Fresh

Poutines are greasy, oily, salty and cheesy. It’s a bit of a wonder why we love them so much, but they’re a true Canadian classic! While poutines usually have fries, Poutine Dare to Be Fresh (located in downtown Brampton) have no issues substituting those for onion rings. Their Dead Ringer is an onion ring poutine with onion rings (surprise surprise), delicious warm gravy, and cheese curds! The combination didn’t quite excite my taste buds at first, but the novelty of it all wore on me with each passing bite. They also sell plain onion rings if this all sounds like a bit much, but you have to appreciate a little change to the status quo!

1) Sonny’s Drive-In

Not to be confused with a drive-in movie, Sonny’s is an iconic restaurant located on Kennedy just north of Queen Street. With picnic tables out front, they are known for their charbroiled burgers, fries…and o yeah, their onion rings!! These onion rings are truly legendary and well known across the city. Thick, crispy, well salted, and borderline addictive! I know I wasn’t able to cover all the onion ring options in the city, but I’ll be quite shocked if Sonny’s onion rings aren’t in your own top 3.

  1. Sonny’s Drive In
  2. Poutine Dare To Be Fresh
  3. Jake’s Boathouse
  4. Stacy Lee’s Family Restaurant
  5. Exalta Restaurant
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