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The top 10 secret menu items in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / February 25, 2014

Secret menu torontoSecret menus (or, better, "secret" menus) might not have originated in Toronto, but we have a long history of keeping things on the DL, ahem... "cold tea" anyone? U.S burger chain In-Out-Burger might get credit for popularizing the scheme, but there are plenty of local establishments that keep good stuff off the menu to reward regulars, un-clutter an overwhelming selection, or really... just to get a little freaky in the kitchen.

Here are the top 10 secret menu items (we know of) in Toronto.

Asada Mexican Grill (809 St. Clair Avenue West)
Situated on St. Clair, the family friendly eatery offers hidden menu items like the veggie baja tacos ($8.95/3) topped with deep-fried baja coated avocado, and customizable flautas ($8.95/3) and tostadas ($8.95/3). Also not on the menu: breakfast burritos ($8.95) are available all day.

The Burger's Priest (1636 Queen Street East)
Toronto's own local chain of cult burger joints posts only the simple and straightforward essentials in stores. The secret menu outlines over a dozen fancy, over-the-top options that can be order by ominous sounding names like the "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse."

Enzo Pizza Bar (646 Queen Street West)
The Americano, a.k.a "Big Mac pizza" is hardly a secret any more, but the hush-hush menu also includes the lesser known, "Buongiorno" a pie covered with fior di latte, fresh bacon and fresh farm eggs. Solo-sized pizzas sell for $14, a large goes for $25.

The Happy Hooker (887 Dundas Street West)
It's available by request anytime, but the Cod Father goes unmentioned on the menu at this licensed seafood snack bar on Dundas West. The $7 sandwich stacks fried cod slathered with tartare sauce onto a toasty buttered bun then loads it up with jalapenos, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato.

Hot Beans (160 Baldwin Street, Unit #1)
This vegan take-out spot in Kensington Market lets Instagram followers in on its secret menu that currently bills 8 different taco and burritos specials like pizza tacos ($9.75) and the Mac Truck burrito ($8.75) that comes stuffed with fried potatoes, mac 'n' cheese, shaved seitan, beans, tofu sour cream and chili aioli.

Banh Mi Boys (392 Queen Street West)
Unadvertised but available at both locations, order a Club Bao ($6) and discover the double pleasure of this secret steamed bun loaded with fried chicken AND a slab of pork belly.

Salad King (340 Yonge Street)
Longtime patrons can still get Thai Islamic Noodles at this Yonge Street curry house. The unlisted dish improves upon a standard pad thai with a dollop of coconut milk curry generously ladled over top.

The County General (936 Queen Street)
Off-menu items from this Queen West restaurant include the oversized Big Boi Mac ($16) and the option to transform the normally sharable serving of KFC (that's Korean fried chicken) into a sandwich ($15) on request. Both orders include sides.

Lisa Marie (638 Queen West)
The menu at this cicchetti bar features an always-changing array of snacks and nibbles, but if you're looking something more substantial, ask for the off-menu steak ($36) or a hearty order of sugo ($28), an Italian meat sauce pasta.

The Steady (1051 Bloor West)
Ask about the cornbreadict ($14) at brunch or order anything on the menu "like it was cool in 2012" and it will come with bacon... even the vegan selections.

Spill the beans on your favourite "secret" menu specials in the comments section.

Discussion

51 Comments

PierreNick / February 25, 2014 at 01:02 pm
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I did not know about the Club Bao (!) at Banh Mi Boys but I did however know about the delicious Kimchi Fries Bao, which is a must. Like the name says, it's basically kimchi fries inside a bao.
prince / February 25, 2014 at 02:02 pm
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Please, BlogTO, PLEASE FIX THE APOSTROPHE TYPO in the Hot Beans paragraph. Where is your copy editor? Or is that handled by an intern to save $$$?

Seriously. It's a minor error, but indicative of a sloppy attitude to the writing here. Why should we care to read it when you don't care to do it properly?
Alex / February 25, 2014 at 02:05 pm
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The "Hot Beans" listing - no apostrophe in "lets" or "its". Also, it's "mac 'n cheese".
Betty / February 25, 2014 at 02:20 pm
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This End Up on Dundas has a secret kids' menu.
Jeremy replying to a comment from prince / February 25, 2014 at 02:31 pm
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Shut up, Jesus Christ!

Is that such a crucial thing on a FREE blog that you would choose to come here and, of all things, point THAT out? Your contribution here is terrible. Have never understood why people choose to harp on a local blog that is really only trying to encourage people to appreciate or learn about their city. Yet we get knobs like this fella who just can't hit the BACK button without commenting on an apostrophe freakin' typo!!

Seriously, reevaluate your life.

Victoria / February 25, 2014 at 02:46 pm
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We should all appreciate the irony of prince (without a capital P)'s commentary :)
Toby / February 25, 2014 at 03:25 pm
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Asada is Sh*t
Chester / February 25, 2014 at 03:34 pm
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The Grand Slam at Wendy's. That was a high school legendary secret. I remember Grade 10 smoke a joint and dare your friends to get the Grand Slam from Wendy's. We all thought it was a myth until that magical day we asked for it.
Jeff replying to a comment from prince / February 25, 2014 at 03:35 pm
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Take it easy prince. Would you like people criticizing all of your mistakes?

How come you name is capitalized?
Wrong replying to a comment from Jeremy / February 25, 2014 at 03:41 pm
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Wrong. While access to the site may be free, our IP addresses and other information will be recorded and sold by BlogTO for profit, essentially turning us (the "non-paying" Public into the commodity. As soon as BlogTO goes add free, and stops harvesting information, we will stop correcting them on their horrible grammar.
Jug City / February 25, 2014 at 03:45 pm
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i would bathe in the sugo at lisa marie. just sayin'.
JUST SAYIN' / February 25, 2014 at 03:46 pm
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Wong, speaking of typo's...it's ad free, not add free...dumbass!
Dan / February 25, 2014 at 03:47 pm
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Language matters always as does punctuation those apostrophes change the meaning of the sentence completely in fact the sentence doesn't make any sense at all the way it is now I absolutely agree with prince and whether or not he capitalizes his name has nothing to do with anything

Not sure you will get my point period.

Here is what the Hot Beans entry says....

This vegan take-out spot in Kensington Market let us Instagram followers in on it is secret menu that currently bills 8 different taco and burritos specials like pizza tacos ($9.75) and the Mac Truck burrito ($8.75) that comes stuffed with fried potatoes, mac 'n' cheese, shaved seitan, beans, tofu sour cream and chili aioli.

Make sense to you?

oph / February 25, 2014 at 03:47 pm
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Has anyone ever tried ordering a Quesarito at Chipotle here in Toronto (that's a burrito with a quesadilla shell)? I've always wanted to try it but it apparently takes awhile to make and whenever I hit up the Yonge-Dundas one it's always busy and I don't want to hold up the line.
Dan replying to a comment from Jeff / February 25, 2014 at 03:48 pm
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Ahem....

How come YOUR name is NOT capitalized....
Dan replying to a comment from JUST SAYIN' / February 25, 2014 at 03:54 pm
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LOL!!!
Speaking of TYPOS it's TYPOS (plural) not typo's (possesive).....

and it's WRONG not WONG.....

ROFLMAO
Ms. B / February 25, 2014 at 03:56 pm
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YUM! Great recommendations! Thanx Blog TO!
Moaz Ahmad / February 25, 2014 at 03:56 pm
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I suppose that if we're really being correct "mac 'n cheese" would be "mac' 'n' cheese" ... but I'd rather just eat it.
Vinnie replying to a comment from Jeremy / February 25, 2014 at 03:57 pm
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seriously, right? people be all "it's a minor issue" and then have a major sh!tfit about it, lol. Seriously, let the sh!tfit level match the infraction.
Tacolover replying to a comment from Toby / February 25, 2014 at 04:10 pm
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Asada is amazing! I get there at least twice a month. The steak tacos are to die for!
Jeanette5678 replying to a comment from Alex / February 25, 2014 at 04:12 pm
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Actually, although you are correct about its/it's and let's/lets, you are wrong about mac 'n cheese. The writer is correct to write mac 'n' cheese. An apostrophe represents a missing character. both the A and the D are missing.
pattyb / February 25, 2014 at 04:45 pm
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There's also a hidden chifa (Peruvian Chinese) menu at New Sky on Spadina.
Scott / February 25, 2014 at 04:45 pm
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I haven't been there recently but I understand that The Burger's Priest now has it's full menu displayed at it's original location in The Beach.
Derry / February 25, 2014 at 04:48 pm
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Sometimes I want to make out with the Americano from Enzo. But I eat it instead.
Jeremy replying to a comment from Dan / February 25, 2014 at 04:50 pm
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I don't know you, but I can only assume that you are an insufferable loser.

And "Wrong", get the fuck out of here then and write your own blog without ads and sponsors. How much are you out of pocket while you're in here wasting everyone's time with your garbage post. I'll assume you're just being an idiot for the sake of it, otherwise I feel really bad for your parents.

I don't know anyone connected to this site personally, but how they keep putting out articles only to have the likes of these dudes come on here with this pointless crap is beyond me.

I'm hoping I messed up my grammar or spelling in there somewhere, because I've always wanted to be the cause of somebody spontaneously combusting.
Toby replying to a comment from Tacolover / February 25, 2014 at 05:08 pm
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Why would you EVER go to Asada when Tenoch is a couple blocks away?
larissa replying to a comment from Dan / February 25, 2014 at 05:37 pm
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But how small is your pecker? What a waste of time
nogrammarnatzi replying to a comment from Jeremy / February 25, 2014 at 05:49 pm
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And "Wrong", get the fuck out of here then and write your own blog without ads and sponsors. How much are you out of pocket while you're in here wasting everyone's time with your garbage post. I'll assume you're just being an idiot for the sake of it, otherwise I feel really bad for your parents.

....

I'm hoping I messed up my grammar or spelling in there somewhere, because I've always wanted to be the cause of somebody spontaneously combusting.

ROTFL ahHAHAHAHAHA Thank you! That was genius.

Really, everyone harping on the grammar did you understand the post? If you can't understand something because of a misplaced or lack of comma, I feel bad for you, how on earth do you use #twitter or txt?! No seriously how?
aDawg / February 25, 2014 at 06:11 pm
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Srsly, ppl, lighten the fuck up. Yer all makin' me (an' evrybdy else) think that we're all a buncha uptight muthafrickin' moRONs like our good Mayor, the rite honorable Rob MuthaFukin' Ford! Take a chill pill, y'all are givin' the Tdot a bad name!
City / February 25, 2014 at 07:10 pm
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Jeremy, you're an asshole.
Jeremy replying to a comment from City / February 25, 2014 at 07:17 pm
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Yeah....the guy who's calling out the Grammar Nazi jerk offs is the asshole.

Jen replying to a comment from Dan / February 25, 2014 at 07:17 pm
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If you're going to someone's writing as incompetent based on a typo/minor grammar mistake and letting the grammar mistake ruin your perception of the writing, then who's the loser here? LOL. Seriously, I understand the quality of good writing on papers, etc. but if you can understand it and the writer is competent to know the difference, then get the pole out of your butt
Christina / February 25, 2014 at 08:03 pm
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I have never been so entertained by a comment section before.
Ashley / February 25, 2014 at 09:06 pm
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Americano is so goooood. Love EPB
Angelo / February 25, 2014 at 09:26 pm
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This comment section is straight up bonkers. You people are losing your marbles over a small typo in an article about secret menu items in Toronto.

Could you possibly find a more creative way to waste your energy? On second thought, don't stop. It's actually pretty funny to watch in the "laughing at you" sorta way.
MC replying to a comment from Wrong / February 25, 2014 at 09:51 pm
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You must be an absolute joy to be around.....the site cannot be run for free - bandwidth, writers, etc. cost money and no one is going to pay to do this. Yes, they make ad revenue, but who really cares? If you don't like it, find another site. Besides, if you are smart as you are trying to scam others into believing, you would be able to read between the lines and figure out what was meant.
Clarence Boddicker / February 25, 2014 at 09:54 pm
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Let's get back on topic!

Secret menus are the most pretentious, and worst possible, thing to befall these fast food restaurants. And BlogTO doesn't come across too well idolising them.
Gilbert replying to a comment from pattyb / February 25, 2014 at 10:27 pm
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Whoa! I've been to New Sky so many times and didn't know this. Is there an actual printed chifa menu? Or do you just ask the waiter what chifa items they have?
Grammar girl replying to a comment from prince / February 25, 2014 at 10:42 pm
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The errant apostrophes leapt out at me too. Do you even *have* a copy editor? Glaring errors like that make your site look like shit, no matter how much effort goes in to the rest of it.
Annakarenina replying to a comment from prince / February 25, 2014 at 11:53 pm
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You and grammar girl can both have a coke.
MeowMeowMeow / February 26, 2014 at 12:07 am
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Toronto's unemployment must clearly be at an all time low, judging from this comment section.
bruce / February 26, 2014 at 01:10 am
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Peter's Cajun Creole destroys everything this shit Protestant city has to offer.
bruce / February 26, 2014 at 01:12 am
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Toronto sucks for food. It's so backward.
Liora Ipsum / February 26, 2014 at 08:09 am
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[edit] I got rid of the errant apostrophe… I stand by mac 'N' cheese though :)
Liora Ipsum / February 26, 2014 at 08:13 am
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ALSO, this bonus was confirmed for me after we posted:

Noodle Bar Toronto has the following off-menu items available by request most days:
- Chicken & Egg – smoked chicken, rice, scallion,
- Fried Chicken & Caviar
- Kimchi Stew – pork shoulder, kimchi, rice cakes

Anyone ever try any of these?
Lame replying to a comment from prince / February 26, 2014 at 10:08 am
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Kill yourself.
lol / February 26, 2014 at 01:48 pm
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Bruce go back to China and eat shit
K. Grivois replying to a comment from nogrammarnatzi / February 26, 2014 at 02:25 pm
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I think it's a totally valid thing to expect that BlogTo knows correct apostrophe usage.

"Nogrammarnatzi": no-one but NO-ONE cares about your errors because you're an anonymous commenter. BlogTo, however, is a widely read media company that is and should be held to a higher standard.
grammerguy / August 24, 2014 at 08:42 pm
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lol guys take it from me, a big scholer guy, taht apostraphees aren't thst big of a deal. In academia no one even cares lol take it from me I went to a top university. no need to be a grammer nazi about it...lol pluss who wouldn't want to make money on ad revenue, sum ppl are so over the top, if i could make all that money I ttly would --its not that big of a deal and anyone would do it if you say you wouldnt you r a liar
hair salons toronto / August 25, 2014 at 09:37 am
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Mmm... Which one is from the main picture of the article, seems deliciuos?
Holden / August 25, 2014 at 08:39 pm
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The short coffee at Starbucks.

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