2/01/2012 02:19:00 PM

The 10 Best Off-the-Menu Dishes

Sunchoke carpaccio at 606 Congress
At this point, everyone knows about In-N-Out Burger’s “secret menu,” but while animal style has become equivalent with secret sauce (meaning, not a secret at all), other eateries have caught on and begun offering their own off-the-menu items. True, we found a lot of special burgers across the country, but when a nice restaurant doesn’t serve anything remotely like a burger, it becomes unique. Other joints serve pizzas, luscious desserts and even an entire duck dinner to those in the know. What dishes have you discovered on the sly at your favorite restaurants?

19 comments :

  1. some of the articles won't allow comments.

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  2. That Bridle Room burger looks AMAZING.

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  3. Ask for the Dyno-Mite and Tootsie Roll sushi at Cafe Japengo in La Jolla CA.

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  4. The Chinese restaurant, Yang Chow in Los Angeles has a great Peking Duck served mooshoo style. Not on menu and must be ordered ahead of time when you make your reservation. Also the same for their steamed dumplings.

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  5. At Vinci Restaurant on Halsted in Chicago (just down the street from the Steppenwolf and Royal George Theatres), ask for the Ortellano pizza. It's a wondeful combination of arugula, fontina cheese and dark, luscious balsamic vinegar set on a perfectly baked thin crust. No longer on the menu - but don't let that stop you.

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  6. Ummm... hello? Nothing for LA?! FAIL.

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  7. At Piccolo Sogno in Chicago, ask for the Branzino, a Mediterranean Sea Bass. It melts on your tongue. They show you the complete fish before they filet it.

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  8. The secret amazing off the menu items are... burgers?! Wow, how totally unusual, how totally... Sorry, I nodded off there for a moment.

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  9. Grilled Bacon at Peter Luger's in Brooklyn

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  10. Grilled bacon is hardly an off-the-menu dish at Peter Lugers since it's suggested by everyone from the moment you walk in the door. It is superb.

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  11. Chocolate Shake at the Weiner Circle.

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  12. What is off menu at In 'N Out? I am not a regular, so it is unknown to me.

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  13. Here's the "off menu" at In-'n-Out:

    http://www.in-n-out.com/secretmenu.asp

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  14. Wow! chicken sandwich with three hot sauces and a glass of peppermint shake will surly make a great combo.

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  15. Just in time for the Super Bowl!

    The Corned Beef Hash at Cafe Patachou in the Main Plaza at Indy Airport. Best I have ever eaten. Made in house from real Corned Beef not something from a can. The other Patachou locations do not serve it (last time I "talked" with the Patachou owner).

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  16. Go for the foie gras lollipop at Graham Elliott...

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