What is it about secret menus at fast-food joints that gets us so excited? It must be the small thrill we get when we "beat the system," when we share a knowing glance with an employee, when we're privy to a secret that the other customers aren't aware of. And just about every fast-food stand has at least one off-menu item that they'll gladly prepare for you, from a peanut butter and bacon burger to a sandwich with four different types of meat. For your fast-food dining pleasure, we've tracked down the 14 wildest menu hacks at all your favorite fast-food restaurants. (Photo Credit: © Flickr /a-l-z)
When we walk into a Chipotle and demand a Quesarito, the others in line instinctively think more highly of us. This is just a fact of life. Not only do we know that they'll make a quesadilla -- another off-menu item -- and then load it up with burrito fillings and roll it up like a burrito, the fact that we have the cajones to stroll up and actually order the thing puts us in a league above your usual fast-food customer, who meekly orders by meal number. But we order off asecret menu. We don't need your stinkin' meal numbers. We operate independently.
The one problem with secret menus is the fact that they're usually -- duh -- a secret. Unless you go the Panera route and send out a press release touting your secret menu items (complete with calorie counts), most people will be left to their own devices when it comes to figuring out the hidden menu items. Oftentimes it's just a matter of ordering something and seeing if you can get away with it, like extra bacon or cheese (or mashed potatoes and gravy on your KFC sandwich), but sometimes there are legitimate off-menu items, with nicknames and everything, that you can order (with a knowing wink, if you prefer), and the cashier will know exactly what you're talking about.
Now, we're not claiming that every single outpost of these chains will be able to prepare all of these off-menu items for you, especially during the lunch rush, but if you catch them at the right moment, you really never know just how accommodating these chains can be. So there's no harm in trying!
-Dan Myers, The Daily Meal
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