Ordering off the menu is the ultimate way to look like a restaurant pro while gaining instant street cred with your dining companions.
Now you no longer need to scour the Internet in search of the best secret-menu items—the Off The Menu app has done all the dirty work for you. The app unveils a list of off-menu items at bars and restaurants in 16 cities across the U.S. and Canada, along with photos and descriptions, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting when you order a ‘Secret Steak’ at Cecconi’s in L.A. or a ‘Fried Chicken Club’ at Chick-fil-A.
Off The Menu also lets you discover off-menu items at fast-food chains, so you can introduce friends to Chipotle’s ‘Burritodilla’ or the monstrosity that is Arby’s ‘Meat Mountain.’ All you have to do to unlock the secret-menu swag is download the app, choose your city, and start planning your dining adventures.
Here are a few must-try secret-menu items in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco—as well as a few off-menu fast-food items—courtesy of the Off The Menu app.
New York City Secret-Menu Items
Dominque Ansel Bakery
Secret-menu item: DKA Ice Cream Sandwich ($7.62)
A delicious, caramelized, flakey kouign-amann pastry with two scoops of homemade chocolate or vanilla ice cream.
Secret-menu item: The Burger ($18)
A brisket, short-rib, and beef patty topped with aged cheddar and house-cured bacon, served with duck-fat fries.
Secret-menu item: PX Manhattan ($15)
This boozy cocktail is made with Widow Jane rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Alvear PX sherry, and Bitters. Served with an orange twist.
Secret-menu item: Gluten-Free Pasta ($17-24)
Celiacs unite! The kitchen always has a few different house-made gluten-free pastas available to pair with any sauce.
Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Secret-menu item: Agedashi Tofu ($9)
Quickly deep-fried tofu garnished with spicy radishes and scallions, served with tempura sauce.
Los Angeles Secret-Menu Items
Secret-menu item: Iced Strawberry Jam Latte ($5.75)
This decadent iced latte comes mixed with strawberry jam puree.
Secret-menu item: Smoked Salmon Pizza
Wolfgang’s Puck’s secret thin-crust pizza is topped with smoked salmon, chives, and crème fraîche.
Secret-menu item: Secret Steak ($32-52)
Chef Cavalier’s choice cut of grass-feed beef is served with roasted potatoes, pepperonata, and a creamy morel sauce.
Joan’s on Third
Secret-menu item: Joan’s Cheeseburger ($12)
A beef patty topped with the classics: tomato, lettuce, mayo, and mustard.
Secret-menu item: Powerful Latte ($5)
This medicinal drink is a creamy blend of herbs combined with steamed almond milk, a tablespoon of honey, and cinnamon.
NOTE: For even more Los Angeles secret-menu knowledge, you can check out the First We Feast guide to awesome off-the-menu items in L.A.
San Francisco Secret-Menu Items
Secret-menu item: Cure for Pain ($12)
This secret cocktail features Rittenhouse Rye, Booker’s Bourbon, 10 year Tawny Port, Carpano Antica, crème de cacao, and Campari.
Secret-menu item: Secret Caviar ($125/oz)
You can cop caviar fresh from the tin, accompanied by buckwheat blinis and a chilled shot of Russian Standard vodka.
Secret-menu item: Meatball Calzone
A calzone fit for meat lovers, stuffed with meatballs, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and basil. (Photo via Off The Menu App)
Secret-menu item: Loco Moco
A combination of house-made kimchi fried rice, bacon, hot dog bits, and sushi rice topped with a short rib burger, two fried eggs, dashi gravy, tamari, and parmesan cheese.
Secret-menu item: Egg McMahon ($10)
A waffle, a fried egg, scallions, and cheddar cheese, soaked in a puddle of sausage gravy.
Fast Food Secret-Menu Items
Secret-menu item: Fried Chicken Club
An original sandwich turned BLT with the addition of lettuce, bacon, and tomato.
Secret-menu item: Garden Dog ($2.25)
A decadent hot dog made with a potato roll, topped with lettuce, onion, cucumber, pickles, tomatoes, sport peppers, double mustard, Rick’s Picks Shack relish, and celery salt.
Secret-menu item: Meat Mountain
Every meat on the menu sandwiched between two buns. The feast includes a tower of chicken tenders, roasted turkey, ham, big-eye swiss, corned beef, brisket, angus steak, cheddar, roast beef, and pepper bacon.
Secret-menu item: Burritodilla
If you thought the Quesarito was magical, try the burritodilla: a crunchy, gooey, and incredibly delicious combination of a burrito and quesadilla.