Secret menus have become increasingly popular at fast-food restaurants over the years, to the point where almost every place has one. There’s nothing like the thrill of ordering something at an establishment that isn’t on the menu, so here are eight of our favorite secret-menu items. Request them at your own risk!
Chipotle Quesarito: This one is first because it’s the best. I’ve ordered this at least 20 times and each time have been met by an employee pissed off about my desire. I stopped caring a long time ago. The quesarito is a burrito inside a cheese quesadilla. They use two flour tortillas and melted Monterey Jack cheese to make the quesadilla shell and then proceed with business as usual with the rest of your burrito. Go get one.
In-N-Out Animal Style Burger: This sloppy burger has been a secret-menu fan favorite for a long time now. It definitely isn’t your normal burger. The Animal Style version has pickles, grilled onions, mustard and more of their special sauce, all fried up and plopped onto each meat patty. By our rough estimate, it contains about a billion calories. On the plus side, it’s freakin’ delicious.
Burger King Frings: When you order frings, they give you a container of half fries and half onion rings. What could be bad about that? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made a cashier wait while I decided to either go with fries or onion rings. Thank you, Burger King, for giving me the best of both worlds.
Chick-fil-A Chicken Quesadilla: Ever been torn between Chipotle and Chick-fil-A? Neither have I, but if I ever were in that situation, I would totally go for Chick-fil-A, Chipotle-style. By which I mean Chick-fil-A’s off-menu chicken quesadilla. It’s just like a regular quesadilla, but it’s made with Chick-fil-A chicken. Mmm, tasty.
Shake Shack Ice Cream Sandwich: This isn’t your ordinary ice cream sandwich. Vanilla and/or chocolate ice cream inside a grilled burger bun? I’m in. Pro tip: Eat it quickly, before the ice cream melts all over your face, your shirt and the floor.
Subway Pizza Sub: The pizza sub consists of pepperoni, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on an Italian bun. You’re free to add as many toppings as you please, but why not just go down the street to the pizzeria? Still probably a cool one-time lunch though.
Starbucks’ Various Frappuccinos: You can get Starbucks frappuccinos in many crazy flavors. Including: cinnamon roll, apple pie, banana cream pie, candy cane, cake batter and something called butterbeer (which contains no beer, unfortunately, just caramel syrup, caramel drizzle, toffee nut syrup and whole milk). I kinda want to hear which one of these is best from a barista before investing in any of them.
McDonald’s Neapolitan Shake: This is apparently a McDonald’s classic, so I guess I don’t go to McDonald’s enough, because I’d never heard of it. It’s a shake made of three flavors: chocolate, strawberry and vanilla. That definitely qualifies as a flavor explosion. A good one? TBD. Of course, this is all assuming you go to McDonald’s the 10 percent of the time when their shake machine is actually working.