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Menu Tracker: New items from IHOP, Panera, and Pizza Hut

Plus innovation at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, BD’s Mongolian Grill, Carl’s Jr, Cava, Caribou Coffee, Cold Stone Creamery, First Watch, Flat Top Grill, Frisch’s Big Boy, Golden Chick, H&H Bagels, Honeygrow, Insomnia Cookies, Krispy Kreme, Miguel’s Jr., Native Grill & Wings, Smokey Bones, Sonic Drive-In, Tacodeli, Tacos 4 Life, Velvet Taco, and Wayback Burgers

Someone at Wayback Burgers seems to be deeply troubled by British Prince Harry divulging the secrets of the Royal Family. The chain has introduced a burger with three patties, explicitly to give people something to do rather than talk. The third patty is called a “spare,” which is also the title of the His Royal Highness’s recently published book.

“Like millions of people around the globe, we’ve been watching the royal drama unfold and wanted to create a burger that encourages everyone to use their mouths as intended,” the chain’s president, Patrick Conlin, said in a release. “More than just an incredible burger, we designed The Royal Silencer to fill mouths to capacity with every bite to discourage spilling sensitive family drama to the media and general public.”

In other celebrity burger news, Frisch’s Big Boy has a new item that’s being promoted with chef Anne Burrell

In another sign of the times, Native Grill & Wings has new wings, and the price listed is “market price.”

A number of chains are bringing back favorite items of the past. Pizza Hut is reprising the Big New Yorker, IHOP has rebooted the Rooty Tooty Fresh & Fruity breakfast, Carl’s Jr. has brought back its A.1. Double Cheeseburger, and Caribou Coffee’s vegan flatbread, which it ran as a limited-time offer last summer, has brought it back as a permanent menu item.

There is also a new vegan item at Flat Top Grill, and at Cava you can now use roasted sweet potatoes as a “protein” for you bowl.

Panera has new sandwiches on baguettes, Sonic Drive-In has little sundaes, and Cold Stone Creamery has a seasonally appropriate chocolate-and-strawberry ice cream.

Applebee’s has some seasonally appropriate cocktails, too. BD’s Mongolian Grill has a new cocktail made with guava, and Smokey Bones has expanded its meaty Bloody Mary from three Tampa locations to be a systemwide offering.

Honeygrow has new wheat noodles, which it’s using in a Buffalo chicken stir-fry, Tacos 4 Life has a Buffalo chicken taco, and Golden Chick has a spicy version of its chicken sandwich.

Tacodeli is putting mole on its tacos, Krispy Kreme is putting Biscoff cookie butter on its doughnuts, and Insomnia Cookies is offering a line of brownie-cookie hybrids called brookies.

H&H Bagels, normally a very traditional New York City shop, is now selling Asiago and jalapeño-cheddar bagels, which is their choice.

First Watch has its latest seasonal lineup, Miguel’s Jr., has pozole, and Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature is made with orange shrimp.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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