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Ordering Tricks at Restaurant Chains

Ordering Tricks That Will Get You VIP Treatment at Restaurant Chains

Did you know there are ways to improve your fast food experience? Business Insider shares a few tricks so you can enjoy fast food in a whole new way.

How can you make a fast food dinner even better?

By bypassing the menu and using these ordering tricks to get VIP treatment.

A Reddit forum revealed tips from fast food employees and savvy customers. We pulled out the best tricks that could enhance your next dining experience.

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We have tips for how to get the freshest fries at McDonald's, pay less for more food at Arby's, and make that Gordita Crunch even more delicious.


There are also tricks for better service at Chipotle, Starbucks, and Chick-Fil-A.

  • Order your fries without salt at McDonald's. This will ensure you get the freshest fries, because they have to make them on the spot.
  • Order absolutely anything you want at Outback. The company's "no rules, just right" culture means staff members have to meet your demands. One employee says he has seen people make custom omelettes at midnight or go to the grocery to get ingredients for a special request.
  • You can incorporate a Dorito shell into your Cheesy Gordita Crunch at Taco Bell.
    It's just 30 cents extra for the delicious addition.
  • You can customize your Jamba Juice. An employee says that you can order a smoothie with "light" or "extra" of an ingredient. You can also substitute any ingredient, and employees have to honor it.

Read on for more tips when ordering at restaurant chains.

  • Get crispy chicken sandwiches at Arby's after 10 p.m. They stop pre-frying chicken sandwiches before then, an employee says, so your sandwich will be fresh.
  • You can get a cheaper McDonald's Big Mac. "Get a McDouble without ketchup and mustard. Instead, ask for lettuce and big mac sauce on it. You have an almost-Big Mac for $1.39," an employee writes.
  • Get a real egg with you McDonald's breakfast. "McDonald's uses three different kinds of eggs for their breakfast. If you want a real egg, ask for the egg off the McMuffin," one employee said.
  • Ask for fudge in your McDonald's mocha instead of the syrup. This tastes way better, according to the forum.
  • Ask for equal amounts of chicken and steak on your Chipotle burrito. This usually means you'll get extra meat.
  • Order a burrito bowl at Chipotle, which is about twice the food of a burrito. Then ask for two extra tortillas. You can have two burritos for the cost of one.
  • Fill out the survey on the back of your Panda Express receipt. "You get a free entrée when you order a two-entrée meal. Get a shrimp item as the free entrée (usually $1 extra), but with the coupon, it takes off the price of the extra entrée and the extra buck," one customer says.
  • Order your Burger King sandwich customized. This ensures that you are getting fresh product and not something that's been under a heatlamp for hours.
  • Order your burgers from McDonald's with a steamed bun. This ensures it's fresh and tastes way better, according to one tipster.
  • At Arby's, order two junior roast beefs instead of one regular roast beef sandwich. This is a cheaper way to get even more food, a former employee says.
  • Order a Venti water at Starbucks. It's free for the large size of water, unlike the $2 bottles of water.
  • Order a grilled cheese from McDonald's. Even though it's not on the menu, employees know how to make it. Two buns, turned inside out, with cheese in the middle.
  • Replace a grilled chicken sandwich with the fried patty at Chick-Fil-A. "You get a better bun, provolone cheese, and bacon — delicious," one customer writes.
  • Ask that your Starbucks order be put in a cup one size larger. This gives you plenty of room for cream without the beverage overflowing or spilling on you.
  • Get a cheaper Frisco meal at Steak 'N' Shake. "Order a double cheese, ask for sourdough bread, get it plain with only Frisco sauce on it. Add Swiss cheese. The real sandwich alone costs $5.23 after tax. The other version runs about $4.00 or so. In a combo that'll save you around $3," a former employee says.
  • Get more for less at Subway. "Instead of ordering a Philly Cheese Steak at Subway, ask them for a 'Double Steak and Cheese,'" one savvy customer writes. "It's the exact same sandwich with more meat than a Philly and it costs like $1.50 less as well."

Check out more from Business Insider:

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Taco Bell Has Big Plans For Its New Upscale Menu

8 "Better Burger" Chains That Are Spreading Across America

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