Secret Off-the-Menu Items to Order at Your Favorite Chains

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11. Chipotle: Nachos

Nachos aren’t offered officially here, but Chipotle has all the fixings — tortilla chips, beans, meat (the barbacoa is best for the purpose), salsa, and of course cheese.

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12. In-N-Out: Animal burger

This preparation is so well-known that it frankly isn’t much of a secret anymore, but it isn’t on the menu, so it counts as a secret. It’s one of the chain’s justly renowned burgers topped with mustard, Thousand Island dressing, pickles, and caramelized onions. (You can get an order of fries animal-style, too.)

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13. P.F. Chang’s: Mongolian chicken

Mongolian beef, made with sliced flank steak in a sweet soy glaze, along with garlic and scallions, is a popular entree here. For a change of pace, ask for it made with one of the restaurant’s several preparations of chicken instead.

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14. KFC: Poutine

The emblematic French-Canadian specialty called poutine consists of French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. There are no curds at KFC, but when their legendary Double Down is on the menu, as it is from time to time, they do have cheese, and you can get some, along with some gravy, over an order of “secret recipe” fries.

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15. Shake Shack: Chicago burger

Though it’s best-known for its burgers, Shake Shack began as a hot dog cart in a New York City park, and they take their franks seriously. They’re served Chicago-style, with relish, mustard, cucumber, onion, pickles, tomato, celery salt, and peppers. If you’re more of a burger eater, order a classic ShackBurger and ask for all the condiments that would ordinarily go on a dog.