Restaurant chains experiment with flavors

Dunkin’ Donuts, Applebee’s, Panda Express and Taco John’s debut new dishes

Pumpernickel bagels at Dunkin’ Donuts, fried green tomatoes in sandwiches at Applebee’s, and steak at Panda Express are all part of the crop of new menu items chains are rolling out this spring, indicating that they see a growing willingness by consumers to move out of their comfort zones.

Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced both sun-dried tomato and pumpernickel bagels as limited-time offers this spring as part of a new artisanal bagel line. Conventional flavors suc

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