The Sauce: It’s A Secret | The Unwritten UD Menu

Melody Conrad
Staff Writer

We’ve heard of the Starbucks secret menu, and maybe, if we’re lucky, seen the special drink float past our eyes as the exclusive beverage passes from barista to the customer’s outstretched hands. A coveted mystery, secret items exist right under our very noses, yet many of us don’t know how to find them.

Lying on my bed, munching on a plain grilled cheese, I asked myself, ‘If Starbucks has a secret menu, does UD have one too?’ I needed answers, and by prying, tasting and investigating, I found seven great mashups that you won’t find written on any menu.

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Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Marycrest has a plethora of smoothie flavors to choose from, so the trick is to mix the flavors in a new way. Just ask for a strawberry smoothie with mango, and they’ll do the rest.

Oreo Shakes

Basic but amazing, the secret here is to add Oreo to any ice cream flavor on the Marycrest ice cream menu. The extra pop of chocolate and cream filling blend best with Red Scare or chocolate.

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Yes, this is technically on the menu, but chances are you aren’t taking advantage of the wild combinations out there. Combine pepper jack, provolone, Colby jack, and Swiss at the Crest to attain the perfect blend of spicy, mellow and sharp.

Marathon Smoothie

The Chill offers the Marathon smoothie with blueberries, bananas, granola and almond milk, but adding peanut butter can give it an extra flourish. Go nuts!

The Fiery Fusco

Say goodbye to turkey and cheese on white bread. The Fiery Fusco (shout out to Joseph Fusco for telling me about this!) includes a whole wheat sub with salami, ham, mozzarella, lettuce, onion, salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, honey mustard and sriracha mayo. It’s the garbage sub you never knew you needed and can be created at the Empo or Marycrest.

Cosmic Salad

Stars will align, and wonders of the universe will become clear once you bite into this out-of-this-world dish. The next time you’re at Toss, combine mixed greens, Brussel sprouts, squash, hummus, quinoa, feta, sunflower seeds and balsamic vinaigrette for a slightly sweet, slightly tangy, star-dusted dish. For added protein, consider grilled or breaded chicken.

Chips And Dip: Soup Edition

This dish may involve running around the various locations unless you already have tortilla chips on hand. For those that don’t, swing by the Empo to grab some tortilla chips before hunting for a soup to dip it in. Yes, soup! Jambalaya works well with chips and guacamole, but you can also forego the guacamole and find other soups like tomato or pub cheese that work just as well to dip it in. It’s like bread…but chips.
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To all of those on a meal plan, I hope this list provides a revival for your taste buds and a glorious reawakening for a love of food. Feast upon these eats knowing that you have defeated the grim reaper of cuisine and stand victorious.

If you have any other secret menu items that you would like to share, shoot me an email at conradm2@udayton.edu.