Secret Eggplant Man

After reading an article on the secret menus of Bay area restaurants weeks ago, I’ve been snooping around trying to find out about the secret menus of Minneapolis restaurants. People aren’t exactly forthcoming about secret menus, as obviously they’re meant for privileged persons, more than likely regulars whom the house wants to give an appreciative elite membership.

Recently, I discovered that D’amico Cucina has a secret menu but I won’t reveal the star item, as that would ruin it for my informant and the underground culinary clique.

I’m just wondering how exactly one discovers a secret menu, and what’s the protocol for ordering off of it. Anyone know of local places with secret menus?

3 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (ericam) on May 26th, 2008 @ 11:34 am

    I assumed this is one of those things that y’all restaurant insiders have access to (unless you’re a guest who knows the chef), like all the staff would eat off the secret menu after hours. I think I’m just not willing to spend enough money on food to ever have the privilege, nor would I be able to adequately appreciate it if I did.

    Speaking of D’Amico Cucina, I’ve been meaning to go there but haven’t had a fancy occasion lately to warrant it.

  2. Andy Tinkham (andytinkham) on May 26th, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

    Though I haven’t been there in years, I know that Mandarin Kitchen used to have two different menus — the normal American one, and then the one they gave to people they were confident wouldn’t be scared away by some of the more exotic ingredients. A Chinese friend at the time told me it was common practice in Chinese restaurants, though I’ve never asked at others.

    Sushi chefs also often offer "omekase" which basically puts the choice in the hands of the chef. This can often include daily specials or things that aren’t on the menu but even the rolls that just use "common" ingredients usually combine things in ways that aren’t on the menu.

  3. tipper on June 1st, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

    Andy – What you speak of is pretty common in Chinese restaurants. They have the "Chinese" menu and the "white person" menu. I had the best Chinese food of my life – from the Chinese menu, of course – in a restaurant in Golden Valley off of General Mills Blvd.

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