Secret menu items available at local restaurants

By Michelle Moreno

DeKalb restaurants have more food to offer than is on their menus.

The Internet is flooded with secret menu items you can order from chain restuarants. These items use ingredients the restaurants already have in different foods and drinks that aren’t on the menu.

Here are three local restaruants that go above and beyond in the same way.

The Junction

If the endless variety of menu items at The Junction, 816 W. Lincoln Highway, isn’t enough, its secret chorizo items should do the trick.

Junction employee George Bahramis said diners can order a chorizo burger or chorizo skillet — items that are not part of The Junction’s main menu. Chorizo is a spicy pork sausage and the burger or skillet will have you feeling the heat of its red peppers while giving you the satisfaction of eating something few know about.

Fatty’s Pub & Grille

Try digging into the graveyard of discontinued food items Fatty’s Pub & Grille, 1312 W. Lincoln Highway, still serves its loyal customers.

The restaurant offers a spectrum from typical bar food like wings to the not-so-familiar Italian nachos. But, if the names of some of the food items (like “The Godfather”) just don’t cut it, you’re in luck.

“We do offer our loyal customers the option to order something that is no longer on our menu,” said Fatty’s waitress Julia Seyller. “We have this lady that always orders, for example, the Bavarian veggie sandwich. That’s served on a pretzel roll with olives. It all depends on if it’s not busy.”

O’Leary’s Restaurant and Pub

O’Leary’s, 260 E. Lincoln Highway, offers special items like tilapia on cetrain occasions.

The restaurant already has a unique menu with options like the “quesadilla explosion salad.” But, host Jeanann Sundby said the bar offers occasional specials like pot roast or fish items like tilapia during Lent.

In fact, O’Leary’s Friday fish fry during Lent is the only time of the year tilapia is served.