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
Restaurants across segments are using superfoods to differentiate healthful menu offerings and generate sales from health-conscious consumers.
VP of product innovation Jason Henderson discusses grilled menu items meant to appeal to Millennials
The new salads and wrap are a departure from the chain's signature fried chicken sandwiches
Visits by parties with kids remained flat in 2012, The NPD Group says