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Menu Tracker: New items from Arby’s, Chick-fil-A, and Subway

Plus innovation from Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Farmer Boys, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Fogo de Chão, Friendly’s, Häagen-Dazs, Honeygrow, Hot Head Burritos, IHOP, Little Caesars, Nordstrom, Panera, Peet’s Coffee, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Starbird, Studio Movie Grill, Sweetgreen, Velvet Taco, and Voodoo Doughnut

If you like Piña Coladas then you’re in luck, because the flavor combination of pineapple and coconut is trending, and probably will be at least through the summer. Early versions can be found at Häagen-Dazs and Voodoo Doughnut.

Pineapple without coconut is to be had in drinks at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill and Fogo de Chão, both of which also have spirit-free drinks, because they’re trending too, and probably will be for years.

Speaking of trends, Arby’s has a new sweet and spicy sauce and two sandwiches plus loaded fries to promote it, and Subway is planning to launch a sub in celebration of pickleball.

Hot Head Burritos has three new tacos, and Nordstrom (yes, the stores have restaurants) has two new items with Alaska pollock.

Chick-fil-A is anticipating the summer with watermelon-mint beverages, Bruster’s has banana nut bread ice cream, Friendly’s is launching the first of a line of special monthly sundaes (stay tuned for specials landing in May and June), which this month also has bananas. 

IHOP has a bunch of new items in what it says is its biggest revamp in years.

Peet’s Coffee has new lavender drinks, and Studio Movie Grill has its version of a Mint Julep.

Honeygrow has a new pesto stir-fry, Sweetgreen has new salads among other items, Panera has a new salad and is reprising and old favorite, and Little Caesars has brought back its pretzel crust.

Starbird has orange chicken, Popeyes has strawberry biscuits, and Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature is inspired by Chicken Cordon Bleu.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected]

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