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Tired of the same old fast food choices? Hunger for something new? Many of you are already aware of the off-menu selections, or the “secret menu,” available at some of the best-known fast-food joints. For those of you who aren’t savvy to the bevy of choices out there for the gastronomically adventurous, I have compiled a list of five restaurants known for their secret menus and included the most popular items available for those “in-the-know.”
Five Secret Menus
- Taco Bell
1. In-N-Out Burger
In-N-Out, the classic California drive-in (with locations now open in numerous western states), provides a host of options that are not listed on their official menu. The following will unlock a variety of novel choices for your dining pleasure.
These burgers are fried in mustard and served with pickles, grilled onions, and an extra spread of special sauce.
Double Meat, 3x3, or 4x4
As you might guess, this refers to the number of ground beef patties on your burger. Two, three, or four—the choice is yours!
Two pieces of cheese melted between two hamburger patties—no more, no less!
Your burger-of-choice wrapped in a lettuce leaf instead of a bun.
An order of fries topped with melted cheese, signature sauce, and grilled onions.
Fries with American cheese melted on top. If you ask for Cheesy Fries “well done,” the fries are crispier and the cheese is, well, meltier!
Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry side-by-side sharing the same cup. Why have a single-flavor shake when you can have all three?
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2. Taco Bell
Yes, your neighborhood purveyor of fast Mexican-style food doesn’t disappoint. From the Cheesarito to the Superman Burrito, your local Taco Bell has you covered.
A soft-shell taco with melted cheese, scallions, and taco sauce.
Incredible Hulk Burrito
Take a five-layer burrito and swap out the nacho cheese for guacamole. Then unlike the regular layered burrito, the Incredible Hulk is made without the extra inner tortilla shell and sour cream.
A Cheesy Double Beef Burrito packed with potatoes, sour cream, guacamole, and crispy tortilla strips. It’s a party in your mouth!
Next time you visit Chick-fil-A for their ridiculously addictive chicken items, but are in the mood to switch it up a bit, try out these delectable secret menu gems.
Double Decker Sandwich
Double up on the chicken in your sandwich—two chicken patties instead of one!
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
A chicken sandwich slathered in spicy Buffalo sauce.
Fried Chicken Club
The Chicken Club sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, provolone, and bacon, but instead of grilled chicken, request fried chicken.
Not to be outdone by their fast food friends, Arby’s has their own secret menu lineup. Many of these items were once featured on the regular menu, but are now only available by request. At Arby’s the past lives on, though, only for those who know to ask for these bygone favorites.
Bacon Beef ’n Cheddar
Thin-sliced roast beef, pepper bacon, topped with cheddar cheese and served with red ranch sauce on a toasted onion bun.
Meat Mountain Sandwich
The ultimate carnivore’s delight. This gigantic sandwich is piled high with the full spectrum of Arby’s meats—roast beef, pit-smoked ham, roast turkey, corned beef, Angus steak, pepper bacon, beef brisket, and chicken tenders; along with cheddar and Swiss cheese—a protein blast supreme. Bring your appetite!
Ultimate BLT Sandwich
Eight strips of savory bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo between two thick-cut slices of honey wheat bread.
Roast Ham & Swiss Sandwich
Oven-roasted ham, crispy lettuce, Swiss cheese, tomatoes, and red onions, slathered with mayo and brown mustard, served between thick-sliced honey wheat bread.
When you’re at Chipotle craving their scrumptious, healthy Mexican food, be sure to check out these items that are definitely not on their menu.
The Quesarito is a burrito that is created by ordering a cheese quesadilla and then requesting whatever filling you desire—beef, chicken, carne asada—you get the picture. The additional items can run you extra, but it’s well worth it.
While nachos might not sound remarkable, you won’t find them on the Chipotle menu. However, should you order chips with meat and cheese piled on top—voila! You have nachos—Chipotle-style.
Double Decker Taco
This “taco inside a taco” is created by ordering a regular hard-shell taco with whatever filling you desire and a soft-shell cheese taco. Request that the soft cheese taco be wrapped around the hard taco.
More to the Menu Than Meets the Eye!
There you have it! Some of the secret menu items must be self-assembled, and requested in a particular manner, others exist as complete items with their own unique names. One thing they all have in common, though, is that you won’t find them listed on the standard menu. So, when visiting these popular restaurants in the future, remember that there’s more to the menu than meets the eye.