Come on, face it. Sometimes you just want to to be a part of the in-crowd. And being in-the-know on what's cool, unique and special can help you get there.
We're here to help when it comes to food. So the next time you're getting lunch with co-workers, or dinner with a friend, impress them with your knowledge of these special, off-the-menu items.
We will also continue to update this story with more off-the-wall (and off-the-menu, duh) items as we find them!
Shake Shack's ShackMeister
The item: ShackMeister cheeseburger. UPDATE: This special menu item is no-longer secret! It's available for a limited-time at all U.S. Shake Shack locations!
Where you can get it: All Shake Shack locations
The details:The ShackMeister is a brand new item from Shake Shack, the rapidly expanding and hugely popular New York City-based burger brand. The cheeseburger, which won a recent SOBE Wine and Food Festival Burger Bash, is a cheeseburger topped with ShackSauce (secret recipe, but it's mayo based and is both sour from pickles and spicy from spices) and crispy ShackMeister Ale-marinated shallots. The ShackMeister Ale is made by the Brooklyn Brewery.
Shake Shack loves off-the-menu items (perhaps you've had the grilled cheese made on a Martin's potato roll?), and likes to live by the "if we can make it, we will" principle.
"Our guests love to customize their food," said Mark Rosati, Culinary Director for Shake Shack, adding that if they have the ingredients, they will make it happen.(Credit: Georgia Kral)
The item: The Quesarito
Where you can get it: All Chipotle locations
The details: The Quesarito is hugely popular and pictures and testimonials can be found all over the internet. It's exactly what it sounds like, a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla instead of just a plain old tortilla. Double the tortillas, double the fun, right? And you can never go wrong with more cheese. This bad boy is said to pack a whopping 1,500-calorie punch.(Credit: Georgia Kral)
The Cadbury Cream Egg Frappuccino from Starbucks
The item: The Cadbury Cream Egg Frappuccino
Where you can get it: Starbucks
The Details:It's an Easter miracle! According to the unofficial Starbucks Secret Menu website, this exists. They even posted the recipe. Order this on your next trip to Starbucks! (Note: picture is not to scale!) (Credit: Composite: Starbucks / Cadbury )
Momofuku Noodle Bar's Kimchi Stew
The item: Kimchi Stew
Where you can get it: Momofuku Noodle Bar
The details: This dish was one of the first items on the menu when the first Momofuku opened up shop in the East Village 10 years ago. It's now available only to those in-the-know. Consider yourself one of those people. This deeply flavorful dish is made with braised kimchi, shredded pork and rice cakes.(Credit: Hiddenmenu.com/ Kat Manalac)
Dairy Queen's Peanut Buster Parfait
The item: The Peanut Buster Parfait
Where you can get it: All Dairy Queen locations (including Manhattan!)
The details: Vanilla ice cream. Hot fudge. Salty peanuts. That's like the whole trinity of ingredients. What's a Blizzard??(Credit: FLICKR/ CalgaryReviews)
Subway's Pizza Sub
The item: The Pizza Sub
Where you can get it: All Subway locations
The details: According to Hackthemenu, the Pizza Sub was briefly on the Subway official menu, but is still available off-menu. Thank goodness, because this one is especially fun. While many of the "new" Subway creations are a little too adventurous for our tastes, the Pizza Sub couldn't be simpler: it's made with pepperoni, cheese and tomato sauce. And then, like with any other sub from Subway, you can add your choice of veggies. Simple and straight-forward.(Credit: FLICKR/ perry_marco)
Starbucks’ Thin Mint Frappuccino
The item: The Thin Mint Frappuccino
Where you can get it: All Starbucks locations
The details: Starbucks has an extensive secret menu, with dozens of items. They are very popular among obsessive fans and there's even a Starbucks Secret Menu fan site. But our fave is this Girl Scout-inspired Frappuccino, which is made by starting with a Green Tea Frappuccino and adding chocolate and mint syrups.(Credit: FLICKR/ rehtseeee pro)
The Bee Sting from Roberta's Pizza
The item: The Bee Sting Pizza
Where you can get it: Roberta's Pizza
The details: Spicy and sweet, the perfect flavor combination, even works with pizza. Of course it does! The Bee Sting has been on the menu at Roberta's since the early days and features spicy soppressata, tomatoes, chili flakes, mozzarella and honey. Buzzzzz.(Credit: Roberta's Pizza)
The Grand Slam from Wendy's
The item: The Grand Slam
Where you can get it: Wendy's
The details:Enjoy the Grand Slam at Wendy's when you're just having one of those days, and one or two burger patties WON'T CUT IT. While this item typically consists of four patties, (get it, grand slam, four bases), apparently you can add on as many as you want, if that's your thing! But something tells us you might not make it back to work after...(Credit: Instagram/ anthonymarkburns)