Anyone who has had the onion rings at Hackney's restaurants in the Chicago area will immediately know what these rings are like. They are served in a loaf, or brick, and when it arrives at the table everyone starts pulling it apart, like taking flakes off a bale of hay. The thinly sliced onions are lightly breaded and packed into a loaf, then deep fried so that the outside of the 'brick' is usually well done and sometimes the hot oil never gets to the inside of the brick. For that reason, I would usually order ours 'well done' so that the inside gets crispy. I have moved away from Chicago and found myself craving these rings so I went on a quest to figure it out. I came up with a 'controlled pile of rings', as opposed to the 'brick', using a Fry Daddy to keep the oil temperature under control. I'm really happy with these rings!