Walk into any American fast food establishment, and you’ll be greeted with a colorful, back-lit display of specials, set menus, and other a la carte items. But as those in-the-know are quick to point out, larger chains often have a secret menu, passed down by oral tradition between line cook workers and patrons over the generations.
At McDonald’s, one can order a “Poor Man’s Big Mac”, which transforms a double cheeseburger alchemy-like into the chain’s signature sandwich on the cheap.
At Chipotle, there is an unwritten rule that they’ll make anything within the scope of available ingredients. Since Mexican food is a testament to culinary combinatorics, an off-book order for a Quesadilla or Nachos is well within their wheelhouse.
In life, it’s all about knowing what to ask for.