40 Menu Items Fast Food Workers Say Never to Order


Sometimes fast food items are bad because of the way they’re handled or kept either before or after being made. A thread on Reddit focused specifically on this. The workers specifically talked about what exactly a customer should never order from their restaurant. Either because of gross practices, never-cleaned machines, bad ingredients, or just general unhealthiness, most places always have at least one thing that a customer should never order. 

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Sonic Chicken Sandwich

A former employee claimed that Sonic chicken isn’t true chicken but didn’t elaborate on what it actually was. However, they did say that the chicken will always sit longer because it’s not as popular as the burgers. Just some things to keep in mind.

McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish

These aren’t super popular (just like BK, McDonald’s is a burger joint, not a fish joint). So, if you truly expect anything other than the burgers to truly be fresh, then prepare to be disappointed.

Taco Bell Beans

You’d think that the beans would be something Taco Bell would be known for since they are a Mexican-inspired fast food restaurant. Apparently not, though. The beans at Taco Bell are bagged and just require water to somehow turn into the beans we know. Kind of gross.

Wendy’s Fries

There’s apparently a saying amongst employees about these fries: they aren’t old until they’re sold.

Dunkin’ Donuts Donuts

Yeah, this one kind of surprised us too. Apparently, those ‘fresh’ donuts aren’t so fresh and are delivered frozen on trucks. Such a disappointment.

Sonic Ice Cream

Ice cream at any fast food place can be kind of sketchy, and Sonic is no exception. A Reddit user said that most of the time no one receives proper training on maintenance or cleaning of the ice cream machines, and once that user had the time to clean it, they found mold. Everywhere. That’s a no from us.

KFC Original Chicken

If you have a craving for this maybe don’t get it anytime around when they close. You might just get chicken that’s been left under the lights for hours or some that have been dropped on the floor, according to one Reddit user.

Subway Oven-Roasted Chicken Sandwich

Oven-roasted sounds pretty good, right? Too bad that isn’t how this sandwich is actually made, it’s more likely boiled in a microwave then slapped on a bun. Not nearly as healthy or satisfying as it sounds.

Little Caesar’s Breadsticks

Who doesn’t love breadsticks? All buttery and garlicky, sometimes with cheese sprinkled on top…sounds like heaven! Unless, of course, you get them from Little Caesar’s. A former manager posted to Reddit, claiming that apparently, that’s not real butter on your breadsticks, just some gross imitation that comes in a giant tub that isn’t refrigerated.

McDonald’s Milkshakes

So, apparently, the machine to make milkshakes breaks often, and the milk base will stay inside until the machine is fixed, which makes it go bad. Even though it’s cleaned, it’s only cleaned occasionally and never as good as it should be.

Panera Pasta

The pasta here (yes, even the mac & cheese everyone loves) is microwaved. Nothing fresh about it. Just frozen pasta that was thrown in a microwave and served out lukewarm.

Little Caesars Chicken Wings

Little Caesars is apparently guilty of cooking their chicken wings in the same pans as the pizzas for the same amount of time. This, most of the time results in you receiving mostly raw chicken.

Panda Express Orange Chicken

This one will be controversial. The orange chicken is Panda Express’s most popular item, and it’s still not always fresh. Once the rush is over, and the food is sitting out, the chicken starts to dry up, so how employees fix that? Cover it in some uncooked sauce, of course, just make sure the customers don’t see.

Wendy’s Chili

The chili here is basically just overcooked beef that can be kept for up to seven days. Beware if that’s what you’re craving next time you go to Wendy’s because it probably isn’t fresh.

Subway Tuna Sandwiches

A former subway worker on Reddit claimed Subway tuna is “literal poison in a container,” and that it was always a few days past expiration. It’s also apparently mayo-based, which ups the chances of food poisoning.

Dunkin Donuts Coolattas

Similar to some of the other frozen treats on this list, the coolatta is usually made in rarely cleaned, frankly disgusting machines.

Arby’s Roast Beef

Several former Arby’s employees told Reddit users that the roast beef is, apparently, not actually solid when it first arrives. The roast beef is actually just a bag of meat paste that solidifies after some time in the oven. It’s apparently just mechanically separated hunks of beef mixed with fat and pressed into a ten-pound paste of grossness.

Burger King Whopper Junior

Whopper Juniors are pretty unpopular among customers over, like, ten. So if you want a whopper junior, then odds are it’s been sitting around under a heating light for a good while. 

Starbucks Food

This one’s not super gross or anything, but if you have an aversion to pre-packaged, frozen foods, then maybe avoid literally everything at Starbucks. All Starbucks food has been frozen and reheated. Nothing is fresh, and it’s all ridiculously overpriced, yay!

Starbucks’ Secret Menu

Secret menus don’t exist. Your barista will look at you like you’re an idiot if you walk up and ask for something on the secret menu. Find what you’re wanting and then figure out the base drink and add from there. It will make your’s and your barista’s life so much easier.

Jimmy Johns Tea

If you get the tea in the morning or early in the day, then it’s probably fine, but former employees warn about ordering it late at night. The tea is brewed at 5 a.m. by the opening manager and then never replaced throughout the day.

Chipotle Tacos

Okay, so, this isn’t really anything gross. It’s just to help you save your money in the end. According to a former employee, the tacos at Chipotle get you less than half of the regular portion of what you’d get in, say, a bowl. Just spend a little bit more on some side tortillas and order a bowl. It’ll be more worth it in the end.

Jimmy John’s Gourmet Veggie Club

You would’ve thought a veggie club would be super healthy compared to other choices, right? Wrong! A 16-inch on 9-grain wheat is over 2,000 calories with super high sodium, fat, and sugar ratings. You could eat four Big Macs, and that would only be a few calories more (and less fat).

Culver’s Veggie Burger

So this veggie burger may not be as meat-free as you would think. A Reddit user who used to work at Culver’s said that the veggie burgers were kept frozen in the freezer until ordered, thrown in a microwave to thaw it, and then cooked on the same grill used to cook regular burgers. To be fair, most fast food places probably do this.

Sonic Chili

Sonic’s chili comes prepackaged in a bag and thrown into a warmer to heat up. Then, it’s left there all day long. There’s no way for you to know how long it’s been sitting there. Also, if you have food allergies, it may be best to avoid Sonic all-together, as they’re usually sloppy with cross contamination.

Friendly’s Tuna Salad

A former employee has said that tuna salad at Friendly’s was only made once a week, along with some of the other things that could be prepared ahead of time. It’s best to avoid those.

KFC Barbecue Chicken

An employee dropped the bomb on these barbecue sandwiches. They’re stale. Really stale. The chicken is usually soaked and heated for a full month before being served. You couldn’t even donate that to a homeless shelter.

Jack-in-the-box Smoothies or Milkshakes

Apparently, nobody cleans the blender, so you might get some extra bits from other shakes and smoothies that were prepared throughout the day.

Steak ‘N Shake Wisconsin Butter Burger

This burger apparently has a quarter stick of butter in it. That sounds like Paula Deen levels. Save your arteries some pain, and just leave this one alone.

Einstein Bagels Eggs

Fresh eggs, which is usually something you’d want for your bagel, don’t come standard here. In fact, the eggs for Einstein Bros. Bagels are simply microwaved and placed in a warming bin until their ready to be served. Obviously, you’ll have no way of knowing just how long they’ve been sitting there.

Panera Pastries

Freshly baked daily? Absolutely not. Similar to the pasta, the desserts and pastries are frozen too.

Domino’s Sandwiches

Wait, wait, wait… Domino’s has sandwiches? Yeah, apparently. And if you didn’t know, believe us, you weren’t the only one. Which is why an employee on Reddit went on to blast these sandwiches, especially the Philly steak or American cheese since those are only used on sandwiches and, like, one pizza. So the ingredients are always going to be less than fresh on one of these.

Steak n Shake BLT

This one’s not gross, but it might annoy you. A worker said that the BLT is super overpriced for what you get. It’s common for employees to skimp on ingredients (especially the bacon) to help cut costs on their end.

Panera Soups

If you’re okay with frozen soups thawed out in a “re-thermalizer” (which is just a sink filled with boiling water), bags usually burst open, and the “re-thermalizer” often isn’t cleaned very thoroughly.

Tim Hortons Soups

A former Tim Hortons worker has warned other Redditors about the soups at this popular Canadian chain. The soups are frozen, and the worker claims to have even found maggots in the soups.

Dairy Queen Salads

DQ salads are basically just rip-offs, and they’ve recently been downsized, though the bowl has changed to make it seem like the portion size is the same.

Dunkin Donuts Hot Chocolate

A former Dunkin Donuts employee on Reddit revealed that the hot chocolate has thickening agents, including Cellulose Gum and Xanthan Gum.

Subway Roast Beef

A former employee said that the roast beef was so chock full of preservatives that it was “iridescent.” 

Sheetz Burgers

According to a former Sheetz worker, the grill marks on their burgers are fake, and they’re actually microwaved. Gross.

Firehouse Subs Steak or Chicken

A former Firehouse Subs shift manager has said that anything other than sliced meat or the meatball sub isn’t worth it. The steak is usually frozen and super greasy while the chicken is frozen and packaged. All around, not worth the price.

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