The secret menus

When I first ate at In-N-Out I ordered a cheeseburger, as advertised on their menu. In-N-Out has the sparsest menu of all the burger places I know of. I never expected there to be a hidden one because they have plenty of room to fit other items. When I bit into my burger, I coiled back in distaste at a large raw onion and wondered what the big deal was with In-N-Out. Then I was told you’re supposed to order it animal style. Who knew?

I still don’t know why that isn’t the standard burger, because it tastes far better. Perhaps the In and Out really represent who’s “in” on the secret menu and who’s “out”.

But they’re not the only place with secret menu items. The consumerist has created the really big guide to secret menu items, which has places like Taco Bell, Wendy’s, Subway, Chipotle, Jamba Juice and several others.

Go see what you’ve been missing.


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  1. I find your experience kinda funny. They’ve always asked me if I want onions and I always say “yes,” surprised that anyone would not want them. I guess they ask because of you, Dan. I’m surprised you weren’t asked because I think it’s policy. On the other hand, I gotta try some animal-style fries.

    Comment by Cameron on March 6, 2007 @ 7:50 pm
  2. Interesting. I’m honored to be the reason they ask for onions (except when I’m ordering the burger). Don’t get me wrong, I like onions, but I prefer them cooked rather than raw, so animal style works quite well.

    I learned about animal style fries when I ordered several burgers and fries and said I wanted them all animal style. The girl asked if I wanted the fries animal style too. I told her I didn’t know you could do that, but went with plain fries anyway, so I need to try animal style fries myself.

    Comment by dan on March 6, 2007 @ 8:06 pm

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