One young hero has taken to Q&A site Quora to ask the question we’ve all been thinking… and a few absolute legendary McDonald’s staff members have answered.
For a while now, rumours have whispered across the internet of what has become known as a ‘secret menu’ at Macca’s. Legend has it, the menu is not physical, but a sort of hush-hush list of foods that we are totally able to order.
Now the day has finally come, and the staff have spoken.
It began when ‘former crew trainer and almost assistant manager at McDonald’s’ Tony Bridges answered this question on Quora -
'What is on the secret menu at McDonald’s?’
… and Tony laid it aaaaall out.
The first thing you need to know is that unfortunately, it comes down to luck -
"The thing about "secret" menus at restaurants is that they are completely unofficial, which means that the folks there are not trained on how to make them. Whether or not you can get it depends entirely on who you get working the store that day. That includes the person who rings you up, who has to figure out how to charge you for it, the manager, who generally gets asked whether or not it's allowed, and the line person who has to figure out how to assemble it."
REAL ORDERS TONY MADE:
1. A grilled cheese sandwich - "There are two different ways of making this, either on the grill or by running the whole sandwich through the bun toaster. I've done both. Busy restaurants won't do this for you because it ties up the equipment for just one sandwich, and the cheese has pretty high odds of messing something up."
2. A Big 'n Tasty - "It used to be an official menu item, but it hasn't been for years. It's not so much a secret menu item as some people don't pay enough attention to the menu to realize it hasn't been on offer for five years (ten, in some locations) but all the ingredients are still in the store and the vets remember how to make it."
3. Grilled Onions - "Sometimes you can get them to grill the quarter onions for you before they put them on the burger. I wouldn't try this at a busy place, and it helps to know people in the grill, but it's so much better."
YOU CAN ASSEMBLE ANYTHING:
"You can get anything in the restaurant on anything else in the restaurant. You can add an extra beef patty, you can get just a plain bun, you can get a Quarter Pounder on a regular bun or a chicken sandwich on a quarter bun or whatever the heck you want. But it will cost you extra, and it's going to take a minute while the person at the register figures out how to ring it up. It may even cost different prices depending on how you say it and how the person rings it up."
HOW TO GET THE FRESHEST MEAT PATTIES:
"If it's slow, order your beef patties with no salt. I think they're better that way, but more importantly, they have to make them fresh, so you're not getting patties that have probably been sitting in the warming tray for however long. You can just order fresh instead of no salt, but I recommend you try them unseasoned. I really think they're better. Also, it takes less than a minute to make fresh regular patties"
BUT DON'T BOTHER WITH THE CHICKEN AND CHIPS:
"If you ask for fresh chicken, you're going to get some people upset with you because it takes six minutes to make. If you ask for fries without salt and then immediately salt them, you're going to get people upset with you because trying to get fresh hot fries into a container without getting them covered in the salt that coats the fry station is a good way to burn yourself really bad."
DON'T GET CREATIVE IN DRIVE THRU:
"Don't order anything weird in the drive-thru. Drive-thrus are for convenience orders and you shouldn't go through there if you don't know what you want, if you are ordering something that will take a long time, or if you have a very large order."
"Smile, and remember basic courtesies. You can get away with a lot of cr*p at McDonald's if you treat the people there like people."
The info didn't stop there. Other employees and 'secret menu' users then began commenting their tips too -
"You can order Mac Sauce (the sauce from the Big Mac) on any burger you like." - Jonathan Deesing
"Try the 'Land, Air, and Sea'. It's a quarter-pounder with a fillet of fish and a crispy chicken, all in one sandwich." - Rich Pantini
Thank you, Tony and friends. Thank you VERY much!