The year's top 10 menu drivers


Chains looked to distinguish themselves from competitors by adding premium touches to their menus over the past year.

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s upgraded their chicken tenders to a hand-breaded, all-white-meat item dipped in buttermilk and egg batter. Tenders are served with either buttermilk ranch, honey mustard or barbecue dipping sauces. 

Wendy’s revamped its French fries, replacing the standard version with a skin-on var

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