Secret menus, or items that a restaurant does not explicitly offer, are incredibly popular. California-based In-N-Out's success is largely due to its so-called secret menu that features "customer-created riffs on the posted offerings." But how do you know what restaurant actually has a secret menu and what is even on it? Where there is a question there is usually an app, and in this case it's called Off the Menu.
A publicist for the app tells Eater that Off the Menu — which is available for Android and iOS — "unveils a list of secret menu items at restaurants, bars, and cafes across major cities in the U.S. and Canada." The app covers chains like Chipotle and, of course, In-N-Out, as well as high-end establishments like Los Angeles' Spago Beverly Hills, New York City's Gramercy Tavern, and San Francisco's A16. The app currently has guides for 16 cities and plans to expand to more locations after it officially launches next month.
There are a number of restaurants with popular secret menu items. Last month, the manager of a McDonald's in Scotland acknowledged that the chain really does have a secret menu — though it's more like a guide to burgers "you could potentially ‘hack' together" like the "Land, Air, and Sea Burger" which is a Big Mac, McChicken, and Filet-O-Fish all as one sandwich. Cult burger chain Shake Shack also has a more official secret menu, as does Chipotle, which recently gave its off-menu Quesarito an official price tag.