Fast Food Workers Share What You Should Never Order At Their Restaurants
There's no denying that, at times, fast food can be pretty gross. But some of it is definitely more gross than the norm. And now, thanks to some fast food workers posting on Reddit, the not-so-nice insider secrets have been revealed.
We sifted through several threads to see which menu items are the worst culprits. And it's not just a case of funny food fails or horror stories like employees using utensils to style their hair in the kitchen—some of these tips are really practical. Like, if you're in a big rush, chicken might not be your best bet.
Keep in mind that many of these restaurants are franchises. And not every franchise has the same rules or standards, although some would argue "don't order tuna" at a fast food restaurant is a hard-and-fast rule regardless of where you go.
1 Burger King
"If you're really short on time, don't count on chicken tenders or grilled chicken sandwiches or salads being made quickly at Burger King. I remember that the tenders took forever to cook and we didn't really make them that often, so most times they were made to order. Same for the grilled chicken."—shmandameyes
2 Taco Bell
If you're trying to get in and out quickly next time you're at Taco Bell, forget about ordering a quesadilla. "It has to be steamed and grilled. It's the only item that I can think of that needs both besides the AM Crunchwrap."—Shamm-Wow
And if you're vegetarian, vegan, or have an allergy, it might be best to skip breakfast. "The meat products are kept on one side of the hot line, and the veggies on the other side of the cold line. No contact. Exception is bacon, in the mornings, is placed on the veggie side."—donkeypunch9000
During the afternoon and evening, it's best to skip ordering from the breakfast menu at A&W. "It is kinda stressful for expediting the flow of normal orders because it takes so much longer. We can't do over hard eggs or sausage links and it'll be a 4-8 minute wait."—mkins
4 Dairy Queen
"Salads from DQ are a rip off. They just recently down-sized them while changing the bowl to make it look like the same amount. Over $5 for 3 ounces of old lettuce, cabbage, carrots and even older grilled chicken."—obeyyourbrain
"If you go into DQ for anything other than a Blizzard or a burger, you are at fault." —37214
"The burgers suck, too, unless you're into flaccid, 6-hour-old bacon held at room temp."—obeyyourbrain
"Don't get the chili. It comes in a bag, gets warmed up in a metal tub and then sits for 10 hours until we run out and replace it, it's also just not very good to begin with. If you're allergic to any kinds of foods be weary, onions are in the same dressing station as the rest of the condiments and cross contamination is not our problem. The same goes for peanuts with the shakes."—AntProtein
"At our Subway, the 'oven roasted' chicken was actually boiled in a microwave."—Hotpotabo
"Tuna sandwiches. 80% mayonnaise."—karma_virus
"I used to work at McDonald's. There have been some 'McDonald's Life Hacks' going around the Internet for a few years now. Please don't do any of them because then one or both of the following will happen: 1) Your order will take forever. Yes, I get that you want fresh fries. Are you really willing to wait the four minutes for that? And if you are, do you promise not to complain about the wait? 2) You will be up-charged for certain ingredients. Like the "Poor Man's Big Mac" (A McDouble with Mac Sauce and shredded lettuce). We will up-charge you $0.30 for the Mac Sauce, and $0.20-$0.30 for the shredded lettuce."—ajd011394
"When I worked there in Canada, McDonald's grilled chicken could sit there for a long time. So can the filet o fish. Usually they're on top of it, but s--- happens. ... I've done a 4 hour shift and just forgot to throw out the old grilled chicken and make new ones because nobody ordered it, and it had already went past the timer when I got on so there was no beeping to remind me. It sounds stupid and it was. We're all human and humans are dumb, though."—CaseyTwist
"Don't order something from the 'secret menu.' We sure as s--- don't know what a Snickerdoodle frappuccino is, as it is not a menu item. Employees would be more than happy to make you a drink if you just explain the recipe rather than the name of it."—justine7179
"All Starbucks food is reheated frozen food. Ridiculous how little people realize that. Doesn't mean it doesn't taste good, it's just not fresh at all and incredibly overpriced."—likeabaker
9 Dunkin' Donuts
If you're looking to get the most bang for your buck, don't order off the hot drinks menu—the cold beverages usually get more liquid in them. "The iced drinks do have more from what I can tell. Hot drinks have 4 sizes (small, medium, large, XL) and cold is just 3 (small medium and large). Large for iced I think is around the same size as an XL hot."—mCahill389
"Here's what I can tell you about the hot/cold sizes: Hot: small - 10oz, medium - 16oz, large - 20oz, xlarge - 24oz. Iced: small - 16oz, medium - 24oz, large - 32oz."—CoolcatMcGee666
You also might want to steer clear of the hot chocolate. "There are thickening agents in the mix, including Cellulose Gum and Xanthan Gum. I think it's in there to make it seem creamier/milkier. Without it, it would probably be a watery product similar to any cheap hot chocolate mix you'd buy for home and mix with hot water."—coffeenut617
10 Jimmy John's
"If you're trying to order a healthy option, don't order the Gourmet Veggie Club. It's the second most caloric sandwich behind something called the "Gargantuan." 8 slices of provolone cheese will do that."—lolutah
"We serve roast beef so if you order fried chicken in the drive through, you're going to be directed to pull forward into the wait slot of the parking lot and you will sit there for like eight minutes,"—bigmitts
12 Del Taco
"I use to work at Del Taco. Just don't order anything from us. Jesus ... I can still hear their screams when I close my eyes."—FATBIRD333
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.