Tuesday, November 15, 2011

All I ever needed to know

about politics and fast food, I've learned from Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me, the soundtrack to my weekly kitchen scrub.

Most people have at least heard that many fast food restaurants have secret menus you can order from if you know what to ask for.  Kind of defeating the purpose, In-N-Out Burger actually has its secret menu posted on its website.  In-N-Out will serve you a "4x4" - four patties with four slices of cheese between two buns- with or without onions.

In 'n Out Burger
In all its glory.
This post from CouponSherpa gives the 4-1-1 on fast food hacks from several regional and national chains.  They range from totally lame - you can get a cheese sandwich at Blimpie (if you can find a Blimpie, that is, all hail Jimmy John's) - to horrifying - ordering a "bleeding penguin" will get you 800 calories worth of regular and white chocolate mocha with raspberry syrup at Starbucks.

However, the king of all fast food secrets is the McDonald's Air Land and Sea burger.  That would be a beef patty, a chicken patty, and a fish patty stacked together in a bun.  

Wait Wait's Sandwich Monday blog contained a hard-hitting expose on this beast, declaring that "the three patties are separated for a reason" and that this item is on the secret menu "to protect customers".  Disgusting yes, but like a train wreck, I just can't look away. 

Would you eat a bite of the air land and sea burger on a dare?  Any of the other secret menu hacks sound good to you in a "deep fried Oreos at the fair" kind of way?

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