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Best Secret Menu Items of Five Famous Fast Food Restaurants

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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

  1. In-N-Out
  2. Taco Bell
  3. Chick-fil-A
  4. Arby's
  5. Chipotle
In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger

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.

Animal Style

These burgers are fried in mustard and served with pickles, grilled onions, and an extra spread of special sauce.

Double Double Animal Style

Double Double Animal Style

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!

Flying Dutchman

Two pieces of cheese melted between two hamburger patties—no more, no less!

Flying Dutchman

Flying Dutchman

Protein Style

Your burger-of-choice wrapped in a lettuce leaf instead of a bun.

Animal Fries

An order of fries topped with melted cheese, signature sauce, and grilled onions.

Animal Fries

Animal Fries

Cheesy Fries

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!

Neapolitan Shake

Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry side-by-side sharing the same cup. Why have a single-flavor shake when you can have all three?

Neapolitan Shake

Neapolitan Shake

Taco Bell

Taco Bell

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.

Cheesarito

A soft-shell taco with melted cheese, scallions, and taco sauce.

Cheesarito

Cheesarito

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.

Incredible Hulk Burrito

Incredible Hulk Burrito

Superman Burrito

A Cheesy Double Beef Burrito packed with potatoes, sour cream, guacamole, and crispy tortilla strips. It’s a party in your mouth!

Superman Burrito

Superman Burrito

Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A

3. Chick-fil-A

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!

Double Decker Chick-fil-A

Double Decker Chick-fil-A

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.

Fried Chicken Club

Fried Chicken Club

Arby's

Arby's

4. Arby's

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.

Bacon Beef 'n Cheddar

Bacon Beef 'n Cheddar

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!

Meat Mountain Sandwich

Meat Mountain Sandwich

Ultimate BLT Sandwich

Eight strips of savory bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo between two thick-cut slices of honey wheat bread.

Ultimate BLT

Ultimate BLT

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.

Chipotle

Chipotle

5. Chipotle

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.

Quesarito

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.

Quesarito

Quesarito

Nachos

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.

¡Nachos!

¡Nachos!

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.

Double Decker Taco

Double Decker 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.

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