Fast Food Workers Reveal What You Should Never Order at Their Restaurants

Joined Dec 13, 2018
There's no denying that, at times, fast food can be pretty gross. But some of it is definitely more gross than the norm. And now, thanks to some fast food workers posting on Reddit, the not-so-nice insider secrets have been revealed. We sifted through several threads to see which menu items are the worst culprits. And it's not just a case of funny food fails or horror stories like employees using utensils to style their hair in the kitchen—some of these tips are really practical. Like, if you're in a big rush, chicken might not be your best bet.

Keep in mind that many of these restaurants are franchises. And not every franchise has the same rules or standards, although some would argue "don't order tuna" at a fast food restaurant is a hard-and-fast rule regardless of where you go.

steak n shake
"I worked at Steak n Shake for a while. Pretty much the only thing I'd never order is a BLT. You're paying like $6 for two pieces of toast and two strips of bacon. The problem is that the BLT is supposed to be made with 4 strips of bacon (8 pieces when broken in half) but nobody does this, usually due to managers trying to invisibly cut costs." —

panera bread
"Any of the soups. Soups were frozen in a bag and shipped. They were thawed using a 're-thermalizer,' a sink full of heating elements that boiled water. Yeah well, that sink wasn't cleaned out all the time, sometimes bags burst. Soup that survived was cut open with a pair of scissors, usually a pair from the managers office or from the prep line, they weren't too picky during dinner rush. Then it was poured into a pitcher. Then transferred to soup line. Problem: the pitcher was hardly ever cleaned, if poorly rinsed out could be considered cleaning." —Demonic_Toaster

little caesars
"Don’t EVER get the breadsticks at Little Caesar’s. Literally tons of day old butter are painted on to the bread. I’ve seen co workers pick up breadsticks off the ground and put them back in the bag just because they are in a rush." — Nico6001

tim hortons
"The soups are frozen (and have found maggots in them before), the sandwiches are alright but it's iffy most of the time. I suggest sticking to the bagels and butter/cream cheese. Those aren't made in store but it's better than pretty much anything else. (I'm not a fan of timmies coffee/drinks but that would be the next best thing)." — octopus_salad

jersey mike's subs
"I worked at Jersey Mike's subs. The only thing I wouldn't eat is the chicken parmesan. It's a frozen pre breaded chicken patty that we just microwaved for a few mins that just turns to mush in the sandwich. It was gross, stick to the cold cut subs or cheesesteaks." — Dr_Schalke

"I would never, ever, ever, in a bazillion years, eat any fast food place's chili after working there. The "chili" is just the past few day's unsold, sat in the heater too long to sell as a hamburger, meat that gets chopped up and thrown in some chili seasoning and beans. The batch of chili was never thrown out, just always sat there getting replenished with new chili sauce and meat, so some of the chili in there was months old at least." — DuctTapeChainsaw

panda express
"I work at Panda Express and you should never order orange chicken. Yeah it might be the most popular item, but sometimes when it isn't busy, and the food get dried up, we put uncooked sauce on it to make it more moisturized. Even my manager says its ok, as long as I do not do it in front of the customers. Panda Express is disgusting..." — Sup3rh3r0_31

"At Dominos, don't order the Philly steak or American cheese, it's only used on the sandwiches and one specialty pizza so it usually goes bad and we have to throw it out often." — whyamiupattwoam

burger king
"If you're really short on time, don't count on chicken tenders or grilled chicken sandwiches or salads being made quickly at Burger King. I remember that the tenders took forever to cook and we didn't really make them that often, so most times they were made to order. Same for the grilled chicken." —shmandameyes
"The fish sandwich. It's a rectangular piece of fried fish and breading. Absolutely disgusting. They also keep some surplus so they don't have to make it new each time someone orders it, so you may be getting old fish." thesituation531

"Don't order grilled foods if you're gluten-free. While technically gluten free — a lot of cross contamination can occur. Be specific to be safe. Oh, and don't order a standard salad at night, it was probably made that morning. Request something else on it and it'll be fresh." —SwagSorcerer
"Only thing i would be iffy on is the chicken salad sandwich. We cool some of the chicken once its hold time is up and de-bread it and use it in the chicken salad. but other than that not anything really bad or gross."deleted user

taco bell
If you're trying to get in and out quickly next time you're at Taco Bell, forget about ordering a quesadilla. "It has to be steamed and grilled. It's the only item that I can think of that needs both besides the AM Crunchwrap." — Shamm-Wow

Joined Apr 2, 2007
No more Orange Chicken :smh:

I’ll just tell them - I’ll wait for the fresh batch.

Another thing - don’t order fountain drinks - the ice machine and those drinks machines are hardly clean.


formerly m4riol
Joined Sep 24, 2008
most on the list go down to managers not giving a f. terrible people. good call on a lot of the submission being chicken is made to order and take awhile. steadily going off red meat for awhile now


formerly willchamberlain
Joined Nov 24, 2012
I worked at Panera and everything was spot on.
Joined Apr 18, 2014
I've only every been to checkers once in the middle of nowhere for breakfast.
What they said about the chili can't be true. :sick: What are you doing posting that **** to reddit.
Got to the authorities or some kind of news outlet. That's foul as hell.

Am I reading the BK one wrong? The first sentence is a complaint about made to order food taking a while to cook? I mean isn't that better than quickly getting food that has been sitting for a while? I know they prefaced it with "If you're short on time" but still Idk if I'd curse out BK for taking a few extra minutes to give me hot food....
And the second part about the fish sandwich. Isn't it like that at all fast food joints? I know McDonald's fish is a square frozen brick that's fried. I just thought everyone was aware of that.
Joined May 25, 2001
When I was in high school, everybody worked at the McDonald's. They said not to eat anything but the chicken and a girl claimed to have had sex in the freezer, she was a loosey goose (married now) so I have no reason not to believe her.
Joined Feb 2, 2014
I mean if you’re paying a buck for a burger what do you think you’re getting? America is funny. We won’t buy cheap shoes or want to go to the cheap movie theater but when it comes to food they look for the 5 for a dollar deal


Joined Apr 15, 2018
How can we expect these poor companies to pay their workers $15 an hour when they've got to recycle butter packets and yesterday's hamburger meat just to get by? I mean do we really expect these company's CEO's to fly around in a jet that came out way back in 2019? Perish the thought!
Joined Jan 2, 2010
Chick fil a the only fast food place I eat at. I honestly got tired of eating from McDonalds and Burger king.
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