Originally Posted by crazyquik
Truth here. I always try to take a Yellow with me to the local Chinese places. Especially if they know any Mandarin (even if it's very poor). That assures that we get the secret menu.
At my favorite place in chinatown (chicago), I have had multiple mediocre experiences when I have gone there with just another white person. Usually go with more than half asians and find that the spicy dishes are much better when they are around (or when I can convince them to actually make it spicy). I am not aware of this place really having a secret menu, but I know that it has a "secret" lunch menu that has smaller portions at a lower price...they do not give this to everyone for some reason.