The menus that restaurants provide us are already pretty good. But why settle for good when great is hidden behind an easily-overcome wall of ignorance? Consumers demand more, and they can get it- if they know the secret passwords. Ordering tater-tots from Taco Time might be easy enough, but you’re probably not aware of the following five hidden menu items that’ll make your day better and your belly happier.
- Butterbeer Frappuccino (Starbucks)
Harry Potter fans? Believe it. The next time you’re in Starbucks (don’t pretend like you won’t be going within the next 24 hours) give this one a go. The “Butterbeer Frappuccino” is supposedly a combination of the flavors toffee nut and caramel crème, with a mouth-watering caramel drizzle garnish on top. Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, this one’s a keeper. Toss the strawberries-and-crème frappuccino aside and demand yourself this Hogsmeade favorite when you next give in to Starbucks’ siren call.
- Burritodilla (Chipotle Secret Menu)
Because it’s always so darn difficult to decide between a burrito or a quesadilla when you’re standing in that fast-paced line. Evidently this Mexi-mash up has its foundation as a quesadilla, with half of the fillings of a regular burrito then sandwiched between cheese. The “burritodilla” monster is afterwards grilled and served to your aching delight. And we thought Chipotle’s creations couldn’t get any more delicious.
- Poor Man’s Big Mac (McDonald’s Secret Menu)
How do you make a cheap burger better? Make the cheap burger cheaper. And so you can with McDonald’s “Poor Man’s Big Mac,” probably one of the most popular hidden menu items at McDonald’s. The Poor Man’s Big Mac is a McDouble with extra lettuce and sauce, specifically the Big Mac Sauce. You’re missing an extra slice of bread and cheese, but hey, beggars (poor men?) can’t be choosers.
- Poutine (KFC Secret Menu)
Haven’t been to Canada? You may not have heard of this Canadian favorite. For those of you who have, now you know you don’t have to cross the border before you enjoy it. “Poutine” is a rather extreme form of French fries that requires heaping portions of cheese, gravy, bacon, and other miscellaneous greasy ingredients. To KFC? It’s a plate of French fries with hot cheese curds covered in gravy.
- The Flying Dutchman (In-N-Out Secret Menu)
If you’ve ever felt like tossing the buns off your burger and devouring the meat and cheese only (no vegetables allowed), you’re in luck. In-N-Out is home to “The Flying Dutchman,” a minimalist take on the all-American classic. This burger consists of two patties with two slices of cheese melted in-between. Simplicity at its peak of perfection.
Explore a Little
Regular menus are great and all, but there’s nothing like finding hidden treasure on a popular restaurant’s secret menu. Don’t be disheartened if you encounter a newer employee who doesn’t know the first thing about something like poutine. Study up, learn your ingredients, and you might find you can bend your favorite menu items to just the way you want them every time.