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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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KRAKOW, POLAND - 2018/11/14: The Starbucks logo seen in Krakow. (Photo by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)SOPA Images/Getty Images

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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McDonald’s McCrepe

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.

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In-N-Out Burger fast food restaurant in Westwood, California.Michael Gordon/Shutterstock

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.

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Buffalo, New York, USA- September 2, 2019: A Panera Bread restaurant in Buffalo, New York, USA. Panera Bread Company is an American chain store of bakery-café fast casual restaurants.JHVEPhoto/Getty Images

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.

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"Clio, Michigan, USA - March 7, 2012: The Wendy's location in Clio, Michigan. Founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas, Wendy's is a chain of fast food restaurants with over 6,600 locations in the US and abroad."RiverNorthPhotography/Getty Images

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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GLóRIA DE DOURADOS, BRAZIL - 2020/09/15: The logo of Burger King at one of its stores in Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul. (Photo by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)SOPA Images/Getty Images

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.

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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!

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Exterior and Logo of Iconic Southern Restaurant Chain Waffle House.Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock

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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DAWSONVILLE, GA - JANUARY 25: General view of Arby's Restaurant on January 25, 2018 in Dawsonville, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Arby's)Rick Diamond/Getty Images

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.

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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.

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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.

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Dairy Queen, or DQ, is a fast food restaurant chain owned by International Dairy Queen, Inc.kevin brine/Shutterstock

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.

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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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QUINCY, MA - JANUARY 16: A sign outside the new Dunkin' store in Quincy, MA is pictured on Jan. 16, 2018. The famed local chain debuted the new store with "Donuts" removed from its name. Located about 1 mile from where the first one opened in Quincy 68 years ago, this one is decidedly more modern, with an open layout and more natural lighting, a grab-and-go station with healthier options, pickup stations for orders via the mobile app, and eventually, digital kiosks for ordering. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)Boston Globe/Getty Images

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.

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Jamba Juice Restauraut exterior. Jamba Juice Company is a restaurant retailer headquartered in California, United StatesKen Wolter/Shutterstock

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.

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Jack in the Box fast food hamburger restaurantQualityHD/Shutterstock

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.

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Pizza Hut Fast Casual Restaurant.Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock

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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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: A customer picks up food at the drive-up window at a Sonic restaurant on September 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Inspire Brands Inc., the parent company of Arby's and Buffalo Wild Wings, announced today that it was buying Sonic for $2.3 billion. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)Scott Olson/Getty Images

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.

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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.

Erica Young
Erica is a freelance lifestyle writer with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her favorite recipes are quick, easy and something her kids will actually eat. When she's not writing you'll find her organizing a closet, roaming the aisles at Target or nursing her third Diet Coke of the day.
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