We've all been there. That new menu item comes out that fills you full of greasy fat and hugs your endorphins. Months later it disappears from your life without so much as even a 'Dear John' letter, never to be heard from again.
But don't fret, little darling, there's a good chance your forbidden love is hiding in the back room of your favorite food joint, just waiting for you to say the magic words.
The Secret Menu, a mixture of forgotten foods and crazed Frankenstein mash-ups can be found at just about any fast food restaurant, you just need to know the lingo, baby. Some places will even make anything you can dream of, no questions asked, although not all employees will know what some of these are.
Tip: restaurants are less likely to make you a custom item if they are swamped. Try and only order these during a slow time of the day, you're more likely to get what you want and not have a "surprise" in it.
(Your favorite not on the list? Post it in the comments and I'll add it, or snap a picture and email it to Editor AT Ickypeople.com)
McDonald's Secret Menu:
Burger King Secret Menu:
Wendy's Secret Menu:
Taco Bell Secret Menu:
Cheesy Gordita Crunch (no longer on the menu but they'll still make it)
Jack in the Box Secret Menu:
Jack will make any monstrosity out of their ingredients that you can think of.
In and Out Secret Menu:
3x3 burger (3 beef patties and 3 slices of American cheese)
Animal burger (beef patty fried in mustard, plus cheese, onions, and sauce)
Animal fries (with onions, cheese, and sauce)
Neapolitan Milkshake (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry shakes layered in a cup)
Red Robin Secret Menu:
Petite Burgers (mini burgers)
Anything you can create on their website using The Customizer, you can get in a restaurant. Want a Natural Burger with Battered Cod, bacon and avocado on Texas toast? They'll make it.
Fatburger Secret Menu:
The Hypocrite (a veggie burger topped with bacon strips)
Sonic Secret Menu:
Frito Pie (order a Frito Chili Cheese Wrap, minus the wrap and the lettuce and tomato)
Grilled Ham and Cheese sandwich
Potbelly's Secret Menu:
Cheeseburger (meatball sandwich, no marinara, with ketchup, mustard, cheese, pickle)
Fireball (meatball sandwich with chili on top)
Wrecking Ball (combo of two sandwiches - the meatball and the wreck)
Dairy Queen Secret Menu:
DQ will make you anything they have ingredients for.
Peanut Buster Parfait (DQ has a big book of instructions on how to make old menu items)
Jamba Juice Secret Menu:
White Gummi Bear
Red Gummi Bear
Blue Gummi Bear
Green Gummi Bear
Chocolate Gummi Bear
Now and Later
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Arby's Secret Menu:
French Dip (they'll make an old school, non-toasted FD anytime, just ask)
Wet Fries (fries with cheddar cheese sauce)
Chipotle Secret Menu:
Quesorito (a quesadilla with burrito fillings, rolled like a burrito)
Subway Secret Menu:
Pizza sub (not on the menu at all Subways, but they'll all make it)
Chili's Secret Menu:
Chili (yep, it's no longer on the menu but they still make it)
TGI Friday's Secret Menu:
They'll make anything they have ingredients for.
Starbucks Secret Menu:
Starbucks will make you anything they have ingredients for, like blending items into drinks. If a barista refuses, ask to see a manager and they'll relent.