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Secret Menu Items at Popular Restaurants

CHIPOTLE: Quesorito

 Those who love cheese and Chipotle: keep reading. This secret menu special is a brilliant combination of the two. The Quesarito from Chipotle is a huge upgrade from the burrito that we all love (but are getting a little bored with). Upon your stealthy request of this magical food item, the chef will take a tortilla, fill it with cheese, and gloriously melt it to gooey perfection. Then, when melted, you can fill the cheesy tortilla with all of your favorite burrito fillings. It’s basically a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla. Though some warm cheese may not sound like a big change, it makes a tremendous difference during the eating/euphoria.

However, make sure Chipotle isn’t too busy when you order the Quesarito, or you might be salivating for nothing. Since it takes extra time to make, the food-preparers will refuse the order if the restaurant is too busy. There is no greater sin than angering the person who makes your Chipotle.

STARBUCKS: Raspberry Cheesecake Mocha Frappuccino

 I don’t need a secret menu to find a girly drink at Starbucks. Yet somehow, possibly the girliest drink is hidden away. It is given the a mouthful of a name, the Raspberry Cheesecake Mocha Frappuccino.

As it was being made, it looked decent enough. The frappuccino turned out to be pink and frothy, topped with whipped cream. After tasting it, I can see why it’s hidden away — the people who order it must be psycho. It’s such an overpowering and confusing mix of tastes that it is hard to enjoy. Its sweet and creamy base contrasts with the strong coffee flavor. It then proceeds to shove the flavor of cheesecake down your throat. I could only get in a few sips before setting it aside. This vile concoction is not worth 5 dollars.

CHIK-FIL-A:Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

 If you’re a spice enthusiast like me, you aren’t particularly satisfied with the heat of just a regular Spicy Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-a. But alas, there is a solution. The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich, which only exists on the secret menu, is a mouth-burning delight. Not only do you get all of the Spicy Chicken Sandwich goodness, it is almost drowned in very spicy buffalo sauce.

I expected it to be just a Spicy Chicken Sandwich topped with buffalo sauce, but this was not the case. They actually lather on a spicy sauce on the entire sandwich. I took a huge fiery mouthful on the first bite, and learned that I must eat with caution. This definitely delivered the kick I was looking for, and made me glad for free refills.

SUBWAY: Pizza Sub

 I’m not sure why pizzas and sandwiches are not combined more often. It’s brilliant, but harder to make than it sounds. This is probably why Subway keeps its Pizza Sub strictly on their secret menu. This sub is layered with tomato sauce, pepperoni, topped with cheese, then toasted. The sub offers the deliciousness of a pizza, with the portability of a sandwich. What made it taste even better was the jealous and confused looks I got from other customers when they couldn’t find the Pizza Sub on the menu.

Maybe Subway intends to improve the sandwich before they put it on the real menu. If Subway did want to improve the sandwich, I’d recommend better sauce. Though the pepperoni and mozzarella were fine, the tomato sauce didn’t really taste like a normal pizza’s. So, through trial and error, I believe the perfect pizza sandwich is soon to come — the Pizza Sub is just a stepping stone.

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