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Sticking to the actual posted menus at fast food joints is just so obvious. It takes a truly disruptive mind (or palate) to say, “Absolutely none of what you’re offering interests me. Try harder to dazzle.” That’s where the legendary secret menus come in. Some may claim they’re the stuff of urban legend, but the reality is that if enough people are buzzing about some crazy dish that can be created with the ingredients in the kitchen, it *will* happen. And those who are savvy enough to ask will reap the benefits. Or at least the heartburn.
1. Animal-Style Fries at In-N-Out Burger
Okay, so the secret menu at West Coast staple In-N-Out Burger is probably the worst-kept secret in fast food. (But does it really matter if said secret is so wrapped up in deliciousness?) Yet not everyone knows that the fries can be made “Animal Style”—meaning they’ll be handed to you with a heaping helping of melted cheese, grilled onions, and Thousand Island dressing on the top. For real.
2. Double Grilled-Cheese Burger at Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Remember how “the man” always forced you to choose between a hearty burger and a gooey grilled cheese? No longer, you guys. Extra-famished people can score the Double Grilled-Cheese Burger at Five Guys and basically have their best life handed to them wrapped in foil. Just sidle up to the counter, ask for two grilled cheese sandwiches (serving as the buns, natch), then ask them to put your preferred burger patties and toppings in between. You’re welcome.
3. Quesarito at Chipotle
What’s the only thing that could be better than a burrito? Why, a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla, obviously. Enter Chipotle’s most mouth-watering secret menu item. Start your Quesarito magic by asking for a quesadilla, then send the cheesy delight down the regular line and add in all your go-to burrito components. Have it rolled up per usual at the end, and you’ve got a majorly next-level mash-up that’ll leave the rest of the diners guac-green with jealousy.
4. Triple Down at KFC
It was seven years ago that KFC unleashed the Double Down and the world pretty much lost its collective mind. Officially, it eventually disappeared from menus—but unofficially, its even more daunting bruiser of a big brother lives on in secret-menu land. The KFC Triple Down goes big so you can go home (presumably immediately to bed), with an extra layer of chicken (so that’s three total), plus even more bacon and cheese. But hey, at least you’re not eating a bun?
5. Butterbeer Frappuccino at Starbucks
Itching to pretend you’re waltzing off to Hogwarts instead of the office? Just swing by your favorite Starbucks and snag a Butterbeer Frappuccino from the secret menu. (It’s no pick-up game of Quidditch, but it’s a start…) If the barista doesn’t know it by name, order a Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino and ask for two pumps each of the caramel and toffee nut syrups, with a caramel drizzle on top post-blending. Then let your inner Harry Potter freak flag fly.
6. Enchirito at Taco Bell
The storied history of the Enchirito is long. Like really, really long. A beloved Taco Bell staple for literally decades, the cheesy/meaty/saucy delicacy was finally pulled from the menu for good—much to the chagrin of its uber-devoted fans. The happy news is that it’s still attainable via a secret menu order. Specifically, you’ll want to request a Smothered Burrito with Seasoned Beef, nixing the standard sauce and sour cream, and instead requesting red sauce and onions. Final step? Grab a fork and dive in.
7. Meat Mountain at Arby's
Everest. K2. Kilimanjaro. All child’s play compared to the Arby’s Meat Mountain, a sandwich that frankly may also require supplemental oxygen to conquer. Its buns house chicken tenders, turkey, ham, brisket, corned beef, Angus steak, roast beef, bacon, and a couple different cheeses for good measure. Seriously. And if the server hasn’t heard of the Meat Mountain when you bravely (or insanely?) place your order, just ask for a sandwich filled with every type of meat they serve—plus some cheddar and Swiss to round it out. Then maybe do some stretching before chowing down…
8. Frings at Burger King
What if life was so good that French fries and onion rings didn’t have to be an either/or situation, you ask? Well, you can actually reach that sides nirvana by ordering Frings from the Burger King secret menu. You’ll be handed an order of half fries, half rings (in case the name didn’t fully tip you off). Odds are that you’ll then cackle in delight and marvel over the magical fry-times we live in.
9. Chicken Quesadilla at Chick-fil-A
So you’re waiting in line at Chick-fil-A, when a raging urge for Mexican food suddenly overtakes you. What can you do? First, don’t panic. Second, just saunter up to the counter and ask them to make you a chicken quesadilla. Yep, it’s a real thing for poultry pros in the know. Chopped chicken, peppers, and loads of cheese are tucked into a flour tortilla and grilled to order. Unfortunately, you’ll have to BYO (secret) margarita…
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