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It doesn't matter where you live, there are secret items available for order at restaurants the world over that are only known to locals!

As I sit here craving an off-menu 'secret' dish from Nicky's Mexican Restaurant, it makes me realize how many other eateries have secret items that only locals or loyal customers would know about. It's almost comforting to me to know those secret menu items exist. If you know about it, then it's like you're accepted and part of a community, in the 'in' crowd if you will. Think Norm from the TV show Cheers. When you've frequented a local eatery long enough to be in the 'know,' you feel like you're in an elite club! Like one of those uber-cool folks that know about the secret drink at Starbucks, but cooler because it's not from a chain.

So what off-menu item am I eating from Nicky's? It's called the 'happy plate.' It comes with rice and Nicky's ridiculously good white queso and your choice of protein. I generally order it with fajita steak and grilled shrimp, but you can also get it with chicken. It's absolutely awesome!!!

Another off-menu item that only locals know about is the nuggets at Superior. You won't find the chicken or the steak nuggets on the menu, but the wait staff will definitely know what you are asking for. The nuggets taste darn near gourmet and come with a creamy spinach sauce that's to die for!

Those are some of my favorite off-menu items for restaurants in Shreveport-Bossier. Do you have any that you'd like to share with the class? Hit us with a message and we'll make sure to spread the word!

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