The Best Secret Menu Items at Your Favorite Restaurant, According to Restaurant Employees
We dug up the most delicious secret menu items—straight from the people who make them!
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Starbucks Snickerdoodle Macchiato
A Starbucks barista on Reddit recommends the “absolutely amazing” Snickerdoodle Macchiato. Here’s how to order it: ask for an Iced Cinnamon Almondmilk Macchiato with two pumps of white mocha and extra cinnamon dolce topping. Don’t miss our full list of Starbucks secret menu drinks!
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A former McDonald’s employee says the McCrepe “tastes really awesome.” Not all employees know it by name, so instead ask for a McDonald’s Hotcake with a Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait inside of it. Of course, you can also order the items separately and do this one yourself.
In-N-Out Flying Dutchman
This In-N-Out Burger employee’s favorite secret menu item is the Flying Dutchman: two slices of cheese melted between two burger patties. It’s a good choice if you’re on a low-carb diet! You can add crunch with pickles and onions. Here’s how to hack the In-N-Out Burger menu.
Panera Sierra Turkey Sandwich
The Sierra Turkey Sandwich is an old menu item at Panera. But according to some employees, it can still be ordered. The sandwich sounds pretty tasty—it’s made on Asiago focaccia bread with chipotle mayonnaise, red onions and smoked turkey.
Wendy’s The Cube
If you’re in the mood for meat, and a lot of it, this former Wendy’s employee recommends “The Cube” as their favorite secret menu item. The Cube (also known as the Grand Slam) is made with four quarter pound beef patties, adding up to one pound of meat!
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Burger King Ham and Cheese Sandwich
One former Burger King employee says the Burger King ham and cheese menu hack was the best ham and cheese sandwich he’s ever had. Just ask for a ham and cheese sandwich, and you’ll get ham and melty cheese on a sesame seed bun.
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Raising Cane’s Extra Crispy
Here’s more of a menu hack than a secret item from a Raising Cane’s employee. You should order your chicken and fries “extra crispy.” It’s the best way to guarantee the freshest food made right when you order.
Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch with Doritos Shell
A regular Cheesy Gordita Crunch is made with a hard taco shell tucked inside a soft tortilla with melted cheese. But this former Taco Bell employee suggests swapping the hard shell for a Doritos shell for added flavor. Don’t miss the full Taco Bell secret menu!
Waffle House Waffle Sandwich
Waffle House actually has a price chart of a few off-menu items that customers can order, according to one Waffle House server. So next time you’re there, try the waffle sandwich: bacon, eggs and cheese served between two waffles.
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Arby’s Meat Mountain Sandwich
Arby’s is one of the few restaurants that officially endorses their secret menu. This Arby’s employee suggests The Meat Mountain, a sandwich that contains eight types of meat. There’s also cheddar and Swiss cheese in there somewhere—order at your own risk.
Del Taco “Go Bold”
Next time you’re at Del Taco, ask to “go bold.” The “go bold” password means you’ll get crinkle fries and special sauce added to whatever you ordered. This employee says their favorite items to “go bold” on are the Original Chicken Roller and the Bacon Double Del Cheeseburger.
Popeye’s Cajun Sparkle
If you’re a true Popeye’s fan, you might know about their packets of Cajun Sparkle seasoning. This employee says it’s one of those hidden treasures they never really advertise, but always have in stock. Rumor has it, it’s made with garlic, onion and red and black pepper for the perfect blend of delicious.
Dairy Queen Double Fudge Frozen Hot Chocolate
According to this Dairy Queen employee, the most delicious item is the Double Fudge Frozen Hot Chocolate. The frozen hot chocolate is usually offered as a seasonal item during the holidays, but if you have a craving in August—go ahead and order it! Most locations have the ingredients to make it year-round.
Subway Chicken Parmesan Sub
At Subway, all the ingredients are right in front of you, so the combinations are endless! One Subway employee recommends the off-menu Chicken Parmesan Sub. Ask for herb and cheese bread, oven roasted chicken, sauce from the meatballs, and mozzarella or provolone, toasted with Parmesan and oregano.
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Dunkin’ Chocolate Covered Blueberry Drink
There’s a lot on the Dunkin’ secret menu, including a Frozen Snickers Bar drink. But the secret menu beverage one Dunkin’ employee drinks most often is a Chocolate Covered Blueberry drink. To order it, ask for a hot or iced coffee with mocha swirl and one shot of blueberry flavor.
Jamba Juice Butterfinger
This Jamba Juice employee says the best secret menu smoothie is the Butterfinger. Order a Peanut Butter Moo’d (which is essentially a peanut butter and chocolate shake with a little bit of banana). But here’s where it gets weird—ask to sub the chocolate base for carrot juice. Apparently the combination tastes like a Butterfinger candy bar.
Jack in the Box Churro Shake
We love churros, and we love milkshakes—so this one is a no-brainer! Ask for a Churro Shake at your next Jack in the Box run, and this employee says they’ll put crushed-up churros in your shake for a delicious treat.
Pizza Hut Cinnamon Pizza
Pizza Hut offers Cinnamon Sticks on their menu, but this employee likes to make a whole Cinnamon Sugar Pizza. We’re not sure if a customer can order one, but it sounds tasty enough to warrant a try!
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Sonic Lemon Berry Peach Slush
The Lemon Berry Slush is a popular drink at Sonic, but according to this employee adding peach flavor will rock your world. They claim it’s one of the best flavor combinations available.
Jersey Mike’s Subs #99
This Jersey Mike’s employee says their most popular (and delicious) secret menu sandwich is the #99. It’s a Philly cheesesteak with onions, peppers, mushrooms and jalapeno. They top it off with four slices of pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayo sauce.