Concepts like IHOP, Applebee's, Krystal and Qdoba Mexican Grill are rolling out an incresing number of upscale menu items in an effort to capture more consumer dollars.
Chains and independent restaurants are increasingly using unusual ingredients and preparations for side dishes to draw consumers and increase check averages.
Design expert Foster Frable discusses the emergence of open kitchens in restaurant dining rooms.
GrubHub finds that consumers order light, fresh menu items more frequently during warmer weather
More than 40 percent of customers would like the option to order meals online