Every popular food seems to have a "national day" and today is no exception.
June 22 is National Onion Ring Day. Although the exact origin of onion rings is not known, a recipe for "Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese" is included in John Mollard's 1802 cookbook "The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined."
The Pig Stand restaurant chain, founded in Texas in the early 1920s and now no longer in existence, claimed that they invented the onion ring. But, it was probably the A&W restaurant chain that made onion rings popular in the 1960s.
Regardless, although the onion ring may not have quite as many fans as the French fry, it is still very popular. Here are some Las Vegas restaurants that are celebrating National Onion Ring Day:
No surprise but McMullan's Irish Pub is putting an Irish twist on onion rings for National Onion Ring Day. Their Irish Nacho Rings are a melding of American, Mexican and Irish flavors, including onion rings; homemade potato chips (instead of nacho chips); a mozzarella, provolone and cheddar blend; bacon; chives; and diced tomatoes. Add-ons will include jalapenos, grilled or blackened chicken or corn beef. This unique dish will only be served on June 22.
The Game inside the Suncoast is celebrating National Onion Ring Day with onion rings for just $2.50.
Ri Ra Las Vegas will offer guest deep-fried, golden onion rings as a side dish for $6 on National Onion Ring Day.
Zenshin Asian Restaurant at the South Point has tempura onion rings for $4.
Celebrate National Onion Ring Day with a 16-ounce porterhouse steak topped with onion rings at the South Point's Coronado Cafe for $14.95. They also offer onion rings on the side for $2.95.