8 Secret Menu Items to Order in Atlanta

Become your coolest self by learning these secret menu items.
  • Off-menu burgers are available at restaurants in Buckhead and on the Westside.
    Off-menu burgers are available at restaurants in Buckhead and on the Westside.
  • This creme brulee doughnut is available at Sublime but only in the evenings.
    This creme brulee doughnut is available at Sublime but only in the evenings.
  • Fried artichokes from Portofino were taken off the menu, but you can still get them if you ask.
    Fried artichokes from Portofino were taken off the menu, but you can still get them if you ask.

Want to look extra cool in front of your friends? Head to these restaurants and order off-menu items like a boss.

  1. 10 Degrees South – Although biltong, a South African cured meat, is now readily available at Biltong Bar and Yebo Beach Haus, it also is available at the sister restaurant, 10 Degrees South. The off-menu item is available in traditional, garlic and teriyaki flavors.

  2. BOCADO – Ask for the “Wimpy Plate” and you’ll get three of BOCADO's well-known burgers (BOCADO burger stack with American cheese and house-made pickles) on one plate. It’s in reference to the Popeye cartoon character, Wimpy, who was especially fond of burgers.

  3. El Super Pan  Chef Hector Santiago offers mofongo with pork belly, and mofongo con camarones as secret menu items. Mofongo is a Puerto Rican dish consisting of fried-then-mashed green plantains seasoned with garlic and cilantro. El Super Pan also has old-school mojitos and caipirinha cocktails available off-menu. 

  4. Portofino  The Buckhead restaurant took one of its most beloved appetizers -- fried artichokes -- off the menu. Alas, this beloved appetizer still lives on for those “in the know.” Ask your server for them, and the chef will whip them up.

  5. Shake Shack – It’s not always burgers and fries at Shake Shack. True insiders know they can get a Shack B.L.T. if they ask for it, complete with Shake Shack sauce.

  6. Seven Lamps – The 50/50 Burger, a half-brisket/half-top round is a delicious favorite that you won't find on the regular menu at this Buckhead spot. Topped with bread and butter pickles, caramelized onions and Thousand Island dressing, you owe it to yourself to have it at least once.

  7. Sublime Doughnuts – Everyone loves the specialty doughnuts available at Sublime on the Westside. But not all know they have a special crème brûlée doughnut topped with gold and white chocolate and sprinkled with white chocolate pearls available only after 6 p.m. daily. Known as the “#1 Stunner,” it available in limited quantities.

  8. The Vortex  You can order a BLT, grilled cheese or Cap’n Larry’s Pork 'n Pirate (pulled pork sandwich) and turn your side item of fries or tots into Dixie Wrecked Taters by adding white sausage gravy, shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon. These options might not be available at all times, but your server will be able to tell you exactly what is available. 

Hungry yet? Find delicious food near you at the Atlanta dining page.

Malika Bowling is the author of Food Lovers' Guide to Atlanta, Food Blogging 101 and founder of Atlanta Restaurant Blog. She has been a contributing writer to USA Today and has been featured on HGTV, Huffington Post and About.com. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. She is the president of the Association of Food Bloggers and her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram

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