It seems like most fast food places have some sort of secret menu, although some make more secret menu items than others. For instance, Panda Express doesn't have much of one, but other fast-food restaurants like McDonald's, Burger King, Chipotle, In-N-Out, Taco Bell, Subway, Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, and even Starbucks have items ranging from a pizza sub to a grand slam burger. But what about A&W?
The A&W secret menu doesn't seem to be much of a thing, at least not if you're not at a location that also has a Kentucky Fried Chicken/KFC location too. They're probably not going to make you a burrito, quesadilla, nachos, or anything that isn't vaguely on their menu, and if you try to ask for a Big Mac or Frappuccino, you're at the wrong place. But they do seem to have some variations on cheeseburgers and french fries that could be promising, alongside crispy chicken, root beer, ice cream, and sides like onion rings and cheese curds that A&W is so famous for.
This Canadian specialty is possibly the most famous of the "secret" menu items at A&W. You can likely get the poutine if you're at a combo A&W and KFC by ordering fries from A&W with KFC gravy. The cheese is the harder part. You could try putting on American cheese or other slices of cheese yourself, or throwing on the cheese curds. You can even customize it by adding ketchup or dipping sauces, but then it's not really much of a poutine. Still, this might make for an all-American twist on this Canadian dish.
2. Land, Air, and Sea Burger
Some bloggers have talked about ordering the Land, Air, and Sea Burger from A&W, too. It consists of a cod patty, which the restaurant doesn't always have, a chicken patty from a chicken sandwich, and beef patties from one of their burgers. I guess the air burger part of it is for the chicken even though they don't actually fly?
3. Animal Burger
Animal style is a thing at In-N-Out Burger, but you can also get something called the Animal Burger at A&W. Some bloggers and YouTube vloggers have reported getting it with six patties. Wow! At least they should have all the ingredients for this one, unlike the other two A&W secret menu options on this list. Vegetarians are a bit out of luck with this secret menu, but might be able to ask for a cheese sandwich, grilled cheese, or veggie burger when stuck eating out with friends. It's better than nothing!