Spill the tea: Tell us your favorite secret menu items and hacks at Boston restaurants

Is it a late-night lobster roll? A burger that requires a password? A modified latte?

A taco at Cósmica
Cósmica in the South End offers a rotating secret taco. Cósmica

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There’s nothing quite so delicious as a good secret.

Except, maybe, a secret menu item — one that you order with a knowing smile while uttering a cryptic password. That burger on the menu? Only die-hard customers know that it can be ordered with an egg and bacon on top. That pizza? Yes, it does come with a slew of secret toppings after 10 p.m.

On Tik Tok and Instagram, secret menu items and dish hacks are having a moment. Tik Tok user Chris Salvaggio (Salvaggio_chris) has racked up more than 303,000 likes for his video of the “Red Gummy Bear Drink,” a Strawberry Acai Refresher with some serious modifications: swap out water for peach juice, add two pumps of raspberry syrup, hold the strawberries, and add your own gummy bears.


Have a hack or secret dish you’d like to share? We know it can be hard to spill a secret, but consider your off-menu intel a valuable resource for readers. Tell us your favorite secret dishes in Boston and we’ll follow up with a list of standout recommendations that aren’t so readily found by scanning the menu.

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