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Best of Menu Tracker: A week-by-week look at notable items launched in 2022

Including items from Arby’s, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, Buffalo Wild Wings, Burger King, Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Culver’s, Dolly Llama, First Watch, Freebirds World Burrito, Friendly’s, Gott’s Roadside, The Habit Burger Grill, Hardee’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Hopdoddy, IHOP, Jinya Ramen Bar, Krispy Kreme, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, Lemonade, Little Caesars, McDonald’s, Mendocino Farms, Nathan’s Famous, North Italia, Panera Bread, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Pret à Manger, Red Lobster, Rubio’s Coastal Grill, Schlotzsky’s , Smokey Bones, Sonic Drive-In, Sweetgreen, Taco Bell, Twin Peaks, Urban Plates, Wendy’s, Yogurtland, Zaxby’s, Del Taco, Pizza Hut, Velvet Taco, White Castle, and Wingstop

From the perspective of restaurant operators, 2022 will likely be remembered as a year of inflation, unpredictable price spikes, and maddening supply-chain issues, but that didn’t keep chains from innovating, as witnessed by the unending supply of new items for the weekly Menu Tracker column.

There was a surge in plant-based substitutes for meat and dairy (so many that you can see them in a separate gallery), but apart from that there were more and more burgers and chicken sandwiches, salads with influences from all over the globe, celebrity tie-ins, cross-promotions with movie releases, upgrades of existing items, innovative side dishes, new breakfast and dessert items, limited-time offers featuring seasonal produce, large-scale menu revamps, invention of new virtual brands, and a whole lot of bowls.

Read on to see a few dozen of the hundreds of new items that were rolled out over the course of the year.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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