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The most underrated menu item at 13 popular restaurant chains

The boneless wings at Applebee’s. The chicken and dumplins at Cracker Barrel. The Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhouse.

There’s a reason these chain restaurant dishes are so iconic. Fans have been ordering them consistently over the years, and they’re standout offerings from the restaurants. But chains aren’t one-trick ponies, and there are likely plenty of hidden gems on the menu at your favorite restaurant.

OK, so you probably wouldn’t expect to get, say, perfectly slow-smoked barbecue at Chili’s, or a made-from-scratch tiramisu at Olive Garden. But there are still great menu items at your favorite chains that lie outside of the most popular orders. For example, Red Robin serves a tasty plate of battered fish and chips, and Steak ‘n Shake’s hot dog is just as good as its burgers.

Here are some of the most underrated chain restaurant menu items—this list might just inform your next dinner choice.