10 Best Kept Secrets on Chain Restaurant Menus

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There's something thrilling about ordering off the secret menu at popular chain restaurants—it feels like joining an exclusive club. These 10 secret menu items are hidden gems that can transform your usual order into an extraordinary culinary adventure.

AUTHOR: Rebecca Holcomb

1. Chick-Fil-A Nuggets

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If you're looking for minimalist nuggets without the leftover oil taste, Chick-fil-A is the place to get them. Much more like real chicken nuggets than the highly processed, dry, and chewy tragedies most fast-food chains offer, they prioritize flavor, offering both original and grilled options.

2. Hungry Howie's No-Dough Bowl

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For all you keto dieters who live throughout the Southeast and Midwest, Hungry Howie's no-dough bowl is like eating just the excellent pizza toppings. With customizable three and four-topping options, you can order it exactly how you want it. Yum!

3. Outback Steakhouse Blooming Onion

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The first time I ever had a bloomin' onion from Outback Steakhouse, I had just had dental work done, and it was not the experience I was hoping for. When I went back, however, the flavor profile alone was exceptional and worth the wait, not to mention the dipping sauce that accompanies this fun appetizer.

4. Checkers Fry-Seasoned Monsterella Stix

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Checkers, or Rally's, depending on where you live, has a killer side item known as Monsterella Stix. Seasoned with their signature fry seasoning, these warm, gooey cheese sticks are perfect any time of the year.

5. Arby's Jalapeño Bites

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Kick it up a notch with Arby's jalapeno bites. These tiny cheese and pepper poppers are perfect for a midday snack or as a party appetizer. Whatever the occasion, pick up some of these fire starters and enjoy.

6. Applebee's Sizzilin Butter Pecan Blondie

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A fun twist on a molten brownie, this fun, festive dessert is the perfect combination of a warm, blonde brownie and flavorful ice cream; it's sure to hit all the right notes to satisfy even the pickiest sweet tooth.

7. Chili's Pepper Pals 6" Pizza

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Having taken my children to a restaurant or two, I know about picky eaters. And even my pickiest eater can't deny a warm, cheesy personal pizza. Chili's offers cheese and pepperoni to please any child guest you know.

8. Baskin Robbins Turkey Day Fixin's

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A sweet combination of sweet potatoes, autumn spices, honey cornbread pieces, and cranberry sauce swirls is the decadent Thanksgiving treat you didn't know you needed. Only available for a limited time, be sure to get yours before the season's out.

9. Bob Evans Signature Coleslaw

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When it comes to side dishes that I feel are mainly "American," none tops my list more than coleslaw. Cabbage, carrots, and a tangy, sweet sauce combine to make an excellent pairing for hot dogs, burgers, ribs, or pork chops, so grab a fork and enjoy!

10. Red Lobster's Crab Queso Dip

Damansara, Malaysia- October 2018: Red Lobster's first restaurant was opened in 1968 in Lakeland, Florida by founder Bill Darden
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If ever two things belonged together, it's succulent crab meat and queso cheese. This beautiful and savory cheese dip is not to be missed if you go to Red Lobster. It'll sit idly by, waiting for you to take a taste and never be the same again.

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