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Menu Tracker: New items from Subway, Wendy’s and Starbucks

Plus innovation at Baskin-Robbins, BurgerFi, Carl’s Jr. & Hardee’s, Din Tai Fung, IKEA Restaurant, Jet’s Pizza, Johnny Rockets, Luna Grill, Norms, Pilot Flying J, Pollo Campero, Rubio’s Coastal Grill, Tacodeli, Velvet Taco, Voodoo Doughnut and Zaxby’s

You can now add melted cheese to any Subway footlong for $1. This reportedly has created some operational issues, but if they can be resolved, then it’s a permanent new option.

So is Wendy’s new Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger, or, as a spokesperson said, it will be available “as long as fans are craving it.”

Johnny Rockets has introduced vegan meat, cheese and ice cream substitutes and dim sum chain Din Tai Fung has new vegan dumplings and noodles. Hummus is pretty much always vegan, but Luna Grill has added a new spicy version.

Norm’s is celebrating the approach of summer with some rib options, and Starbucks is doing it with a funnel cake Frappuccino.

Baskin-Robbins is honoring graduating students with some special ice cream cakes.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill has teamed up with celebrity chef Richard Blais for some creative new tacos and Velvet Taco, as always, has a Weekly Taco Feature, this week with jerk-seasoned shrimp.

In fried chicken news, sister chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have three new sandwiches, Pilot Flying J has two new sandwiches and Pollo Campero has chicken nuggets called Camperitos.

IKEA Restaurant is making its Menu Tracker debut with a pulled pork sandwich, Tacodeli is debuting its first salad limited-time offer, Jet’s Pizza has a pizza based on a sandwich and BurgerFi has a cookie-themed milkshake.

Zaxby’s has brought back fried pickles, and Voodoo Doughnut has a new sweet-and-spicy Cannolo flavor.

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Correction: May 13, 2021
An error in the price of Luna Grill's Spicy Harissa Hummus has been corrected and more information has been provided about Rubio's Cajun aïoli. The price of Rubiio's tacos also has been clarified.
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