Along with making reservations at a fancy restaurant or knowing the door code to get into a speakeasy, ordering an off-menu item makes you feel like an instant VIP. Here, we’ve got the inside scoop on a handful of secret dishes that are sure to impress your dinner date.

Seven Lamps
It’s been buzzed about around town for a while, but you still won’t spot the 50/50 burger on the Shops Around Lenox eatery’s menu. Expect a brioche bun smothered in cheddar cheese and a burger made with a mix of brisket and Brasstown Beef top-round meat, topped with pickles, pancetta and Thousand Island dressing, complete with chip shape potato rounds on the side.

The Vortex
This ATL institution has a self-proclaimed “secret gold mine” of off-menu dishes, including chili-cheese spuds, fried plantains, a toasted “hammy-sammy” sandwich, a Mexicali burger topped with shredded cheddar cheese and red salsa, and a $20-plus “Hangover Helper” of two sirloin patties with grilled ham, fried eggs, cheese, bacon, tots, fries and white sausage gravy.

Shake Shack
Head to this popular Buckhead burger outpost and have friends doing a double-take when you order their peanut-butter bacon burger—yes, it’s just what it sounds like: Shake Shack’s signature burger will come with bacon on top, and a side of peanut butter sauce. Slather the sauce atop the burger, and enjoy.

Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
Feeling extra-fancy? This Phipps Plaza resto secretly offers off-menu Wagyu beef spring rolls. Stuffed with herb and white truffle butter-infused meat, aged Montgomery cheddar, Champagne-sauteed onions and shaved black truffles, these babies go for a cool $100 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance.


Caroline Cox is a writer and editor who co-runs the local arts website Common Creativ ATL. Follow her on Twitter at @carolinecox because she’s funny and "Roses" by OutKast is about her.