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2008 The Year in Review: Notable menu additions

2008 The Year in Review: Notable menu additions


MY THAI CHICKEN FLATBREAD from Boston-based Uno Chicago Grill —A spicy flat-bread topped with grilled chicken, julienne red peppers and carrots, caramelized onions, mozzarella, snow peas, cilantro, and a peanut sauce for limited-time offer that was priced at $10.99 in Manchester, N.H.

CREAMY CHICKEN ALFREDO BAKED TUSCANI PASTA from Dallas-based Pizza Hut —A family-size portion for four with breadsticks and priced at $12.99 in Lawrenceville, N.J.

CARNE ASADA from Irvine, Calif.-based Carrows —A char-broiled steak topped with a grilled green onion and accompanied with fried jalapeño, pico de gallo, ranch-style beans, rice and fresh corn tortillas, selling for $11.69 in Monterey Park, Calif.

GINGER ASPARAGUS COUSCOUS SALAD from Dallas-based Corner Bakery Cafe —A ginger-infused couscous tossed with asparagus, red bell peppers, dried cranberries, toasted almonds, green onions and fresh orange zest. A catering-size serving for eight to 10 sells for $40 in Dallas.

Au Bon Pain has rolled out a wide array of new items this year under the direction of executive chef Thomas John, including a HAZELNUT MONKEY BREAD, Chocolate Wheat Croissant.


PORTIONS. Boston-based Au Bon Pain’s also debuted a line of less-than-200-calorie grab-and-go dishes, such as hummus and crackers; Brie cheese, fruit and crackers; and asparagus and almonds. Prices vary.

LIGHTEN UP! A menu featuring salads and sandwiches that run between 188 and 563 calories from Deerfield, Ill.-based Cosí. The salad section features Cobb Light and Bombay Chicken Light with grilled spiced chicken breast, roasted red peppers, cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes and fat-free balsamic dressing. In Center City Philadelphia the salads are between $6.99 and $7.19. The sandwiches, such as Hummus and Fresh Veggies with red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and basil, sell for $5.99 to $6.59 at the same location.


Orlando, Fla.-based The Capital Grille is offering a $1,000 SHARE OUR STRENGTH MARTINI made with citrus vodka, orange liqueur, lime and cranberry juice. It is garnished with a white topaz and diamond bracelet. This limited-time offer was rolled out Nov. 24 and is scheduled to run until Jan. 3 at all 34 locations. All profits from the martini will benefit Share Our Strength in its ongoing effort to end childhood hunger in America.


TWISTED CHIP APPETIZERS are the new signatures for the Nashville, Tenn.-based O’Charley’s casual-dining chain. The $6.79 dish features two large baking potatoes, each finely sliced into a single long chip. The two are twisted together, fried, and topped with a flavoring. The core menu item is a Southwestern Twisted Chip, finished with cheese sauce, pico de gallo and cilantro, but the chain also features the Buffalo Twisted Chip as its first line extension. That item is topped with blue cheese and spicy Buffalo sauce.

SMASHING GOOD MARTINI, a fall pumpkin libation from Boston-based Uno Chicago Grill, sells for $7.29 in Manchester, N.H.


Denny’s introduced its ALLNIGHTER AND ROCK STAR MENUS, available between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Among the items featured on the menus are The Hot N Cold, a cherry-chocolate cappuccino; Potachos, potato chip nachos; Sweet Ride Nachos with dessert toppings; and a Plain White Shake made with vanilla ice cream, a piece of cheesecake, whipped cream and white-chocolate chips.


Afternoon snacks Artisanal American cheese Bluefish Chips, made out of potatoes or practically anything else
Dessert samplers Eggs not at breakfast Farm-to-table dinners Floats Gluten-free items, including pizza Grits Italian street food Off-cuts of pork Every other cut of pork Pisco sours Premium tea Rillettes Seasonal fruit in salad Short ribs Sous-vide fruits Squab
Upscale wings Wagyu Beef Wild sockeye salmon and farm-raised king salmon
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