I don't really adhere to what is set on the menu for any restaurant. If I want something made differently or sub an ingredient for another (providing there is not a 'no substitutions' stated), I will custom-order anything if I have been to the place enough.
Such as the Tex-Mex place that is next to my cigar shop. I have eaten there so many times, and since we all know each other, I just have the owner or cooks chef me a custom version and they just charge me for the closest thing to it on the menu. I love their Southwest salad, but usually it is only a chicken breast on top and a choice of avocado ranch or chipotle ranch dressing. Good most of the time, but it tastes absolutely phenomenal with seasoned & sauteed shrimp and honey BBQ sauce straight up for the dressing. I actually think the owner changed the menu to offer the shrimp now.
My husband orders the meat-lovers burrito, but instead of beef & chicken, he gets ALL carne asada steak.
We get charged accordingly, but we know it and don't care. Plus I like knowing I can basically get anything I want on the menu and change it up as I see fit.
When we go to fast food places, being a veteran fast food worker, I rarely order the standard faire. Such as at Culvers, I order their fried chicken sandwich, but only have swiss cheese and mushrooms on it. Or McDonalds, I order the steak and mushroom wrap, but ask to sub grilled chicken for steak.
If anyone here makes it up to MN, there's a restaurant that I used to work at called Chianti Grill (I worked the one in Roseville, and there is another location in Burnsville). Every fall they have butternut squash ravioli, but will only serve it by request only. Meaning you have to know about it and ask for it. The servers won't offer and it is not advertised. Why? It's that good and they'd sell out too fast because there is only a small quantity made weekly. Other places sell a similar offering but Chianti Grill's is undoubtedly the best.
"We go through our careers and things happen to us. Those experiences made me what I am."-Thomas Keller