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Asking for the 'secret menu'

When Kevin Pang's story came up in a news meeting about an Arlington Heights Chinese restaurant with a special menu for Asian customers, I emailed Kevin with two questions: How often does that happen? And can a non-Asian still ask for the other menu?

Kevin:

There are a number of Asian restaurants around town that operate with two menus -- one for its countrymen, the other for everyone else.

I always found this curious, because almost always the native menu is far more interesting than the watered-down version clearly intended to appease a wider group of people.

On the 1-to-10 Severity of Discrimination scale, this ranks maybe a two. So this week’s column is my call-to-arms to take a leap of faith, and try the unfamiliar menu.

Just ask.

The wait staff will be pleasantly surprised and happy to help you decide.

-- Kevin Pang and James Janega

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