Fast food restaurants spend a great deal of time and effort to make sure we eat their products and enjoy their services. McDonalds, for example, can simply slap a ‘Mc’ in front of everything they serve to communicate that a particular food item lives up to their standards. Other franchises have to work harder than that, though.
When every location of a franchise restaurant offers the same item, guests know what to expect when they walk in the doors, adding a sense of comfort. If you want a Taco Supreme, Whopper, Big Mac or a Double Down sandwich, you know exactly where to go to get one and how that item will taste, regardless of your geographic location. sounds simple, right?
But there are secret menus that make our day more exciting,as they provide us with the opportunity to enjoy the same food you love in a different way. Let’s go down that list!
10. Chipotle’s Quesarito
Chipotle rose to become a player in the fast food industry as a place to go when Taco Bell just doesn’t cut it. They serve a variety of burritos, nacho bowls, rice bowls, quesadillas and a variety of other food inspired by Mexican cuisine. One of the crowning achievements of Chipotle’s secret menu is the quesarito, a culinary combination of two items that are delicious in their own right: the burrito and the quesadilla.
9. In-N-Out Animal Fries
Despite the fact that In-N-Out may be a relatively unfamiliar brand on the east coast, it’s one of the most popular fast food franchises in the southwestern portion of the United States. This burger joint, which has been around since 1948, recently opened up its 300th location and has outlets across California, Utah, Texas, Arizona and Nevada. However, In-N-Out also features a massive secret menu that contrasts the simple choices listed on in-store menus.
8. Sonic Pickle-O’s
Sometimes, items on a secret menu are simply menu items that were once popular but no longer listed in the restaurant. Pickle-O’s are a fine example of a menu item disappearing from view but not from memory. A Pickle-O is a regular pickle sliced and battered before taking a dip in the deep fryer. This results in a crispy, tangy, salty and savory treat that adds welcome variety as a substitution for the usual side of french fries.
7. The Undertow at Starbucks
The Starbucks secret menu features a variety of fancy blended coffee drink. One item on the secret menu that delivers a blast of sweet coffee instead of a cake-style drink is The Undertow. This secret menu drink begins with a bit of regular coffee, sweetened with your choice of flavor shots and a splash of milk. On top of this base, the barista adds a couple of shots of espresso.
6. Burger King’s Rodeo Burger
Another special menu item that lives on in the hearts and minds of fast food aficionados is the rodeo burger from Burger King. Similar to a western bacon cheeseburger, the rodeo burger is a cheeseburger topped with barbecue sauce and onion rings, adding a smoky onion flavor to the cheeseburger. Add another slice of cheese and a beef patty to transform this into a double rodeo burger.
5. The Mc-10:35 Breakfast Sandwich
Between 10:30 am and 11:00 am, McDonalds restaurants typically switch from their popular breakfast menu to their lunch and dinner offerings. This opens up an important half-hour window in which secret menu hunters may combine the best of both menus. Known as the Mc-10:35, this secret menu item combines the McDouble with the Egg McMuffin, stacking two layers of beef and cheese with ham and egg, nestled comfortably between an english muffin bun.
4. Five Guys Double Grilled Cheeseburger
Fast food culinary trends challenge chefs to explore daring new ways of fitting as much extra cheese into dishes as possible. Legendary burger chain Five Guys accepted this challenge by coming up with the double grilled cheese burger, created by mad food scientists; it uses a pair of grilled cheese sandwiches as buns, surrounding a pair of beef patties which boast their own layer of cheese.
3. The Superman Burrito at Taco Bell
Taco Bell is a fast food destination made famous by chihuahuas and terrific marketing campaigns that distract the eater from what they’re actually ingesting. One of the best, most filling items on Taco Bell’s secret menu is the Superman Burrito, which is 100% kryptonite-free and digestible only by superheros.
2. The KFC Triple Down
Kentucky Fried Chicken, which stands for KFC, became famous for being one of the first fast-food franchises to criticize sandwich buns for being bread instead of meat. Their solution to this problem was the Double Down, which sandwiched bacon and cheese between fried chicken cutlets. The secret menu at KFC offers the triple down, which tosses in an extra layer of fried chicken amongst the two layers of friend chicken buns.
1. In-N-Out 100×100
You’d be mistaken if you thought the 100×100 burger is a burger made out of 100 beef patties. It’s actually a cheeseburger made of 100 beef patties and 100 slices of cheese. This secret menu item from In-N-Out provides enough nutrition to feed most professional sports teams, including assistant coaches.