Automatic Slim’s, Memphis
Made from yellow onions soaked in buttermilk and rolled in a mixture of flour and seasonings, this heaping pile looks a bit like shredded tobacco (hence the name). The taste is zesty and subtly sweet, thanks to that buttermilk. The restaurant’s menu is as eclectic as its decor: New works by local artists are rotated every two months. Open and serving the onion rings ($5 a plate) until 3 a.m. on weekends.
Insider Tip: Try pairing the casual onion rings with the more sophisticated roasted duck.