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Missing Porky's Onion Rings!

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Missing Porky's Onion Rings!

marcthenarc | Jun 9, 2012 02:11 PM

I LOVE onion rings and am always searching for truly good ones and by that I mean made from scratch ones - no commercially prepared frozen ones popped into hot oil for me. And I prefer a solid bite of onion so rings are better than strings. I have tried so many places around the Twin Cities and been disappointed so many times. The only onion ring booth at the state fair has some really good ones as does Norman Quack's in Forest lake, and TGIF's used to have good tempura battered ones but now just have the run-of-the-mill frozen ones, and won't give out their old recipe. I've made so many versions at home and even though some are quite good, nothing compares to the ones I used to get at Porky's or Nora's. They were unique and oh so delicious. The breading was more soft than crunchy and the flavor was an incredible compliment to the onion. My mouth waters just thinking about them, and now my dilemna is that they are no more! Nora's and Porky's are closed and Tryg's no longer serves them (although theirs were not an exact match anyway). There was some talk of a booth at the state fair but the last I heard that idea was scrapped. Now, since all batters have most of the same ingredients, I believe what made Porky's so special was in their method of preparation. Does anyone know any of the employees who worked at either the University Ave location in St. Paul or the Central Ave location in Minneapolis who would be willing to share how they made those little pieces of onion heaven? Or if there is ANYPLACE that makes the exact same ones? I found a place where their rings look and sound scrumptious but it's in New Orleans and since I am NOT independently wealthy my chances of trying theirs are very slim. HELP!!!

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