Freestyle on the Cheap
If you want to go off-menu at fast-food joints, there's some lingo to learn. While some of the secret code words are real, others are better described as Internet hoaxes. Some reliable ways to learn about menu choices that aren't on the menu board:
- Word of mouth
- Listen to other people order
- Visit the restaurant's Web site
- Get a job there
- Order a "limited time" offering after it's gone
- Just ask
If they've got the stuff, and you're willing to pay for it, the restaurant should be willing to put together whatever food combination want.
- Bruni, Frank. "When the Menu is Just a Starting Point." The New York Times. Diner's Journal. Aug. 24, 2006. (Jan. 17, 2011) http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/08/24/when-the-menu-is-just-a-starting-point/
- Conradt, Stacey. "10 secret menu items at fast food restaurants." CNN Living. Sept. 28, 2009. (Jan. 17, 2011) http://articles.cnn.com/2009-09-28/living/mf.10.secret.menu.items_1_jamba-juice-menu-grilled-cheese?_s=PM:LIVING
- Hsieh, Emily. "How to Order Off the Menu: An interview with Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder." Allure. March 2009. (Jan. 17, 2011) http://www.allure.com/howtos/2009/03/order_off_the_menu
- Marcus, Erica. "Ordering restaurant food that's not on the menu." Long Island News Day. Nov. 10, 2010. (Jan. 17, 2011) http://long-island.newsday.com/restaurants/ordering-restaurant-food-that-s-not-on-the-menu-1.2444212
- McCarthy, Neal. Personal interview. Jan. 20, 2011.