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Menu Tracker: New items from Arby’s, Chick-fil-A, Church’s Chicken and Papa John’s Pizza

Plus offers from Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Chopt, Cotton Patch Café, Del Taco, Main Squeeze Juice Co., MOD Pizza, On the Border, Peet’s Coffee, Pizza Guys, Rusty Taco, Tim Hortons, TKK Fried Chicken & Kung Fu Tea, Velvet Taco, Vitality Bowls, WaBa Grill and Wienerschnitzel & Hamburger Stand

Dining rooms are closing again as the novel coronavirus pandemic picks ups speed, and more restaurants are responding with family meals. On the Border has a taco kit that can feed four people, and WaBa Grill has a new four-person Family Feast.

Others are responding with summer-themed items, like the S’mores frozen dessert at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream and the new drinks from Chick-fil-A, Church’s Chicken, Main Squeeze Juice Co., Peet’s Coffee and sister chains Wienerschnitzel and Hamburger Stand.

It being July, some Independence Day-themed items have been launched, including red, white and blue doughnuts from Tim Horton’s and a red, white and blueberry bowl from Vitality Bowls. In a similar vein, Pizza Guys has a new spicy Fireworks Pizza available this month.

In fresh-themed fare, Arby’s has rolled out three new wraps in its Market Fresh Line, Chopt has new Mexican-themed salads and bowls, and Del Taco has swapped out its frozen guacamole for a new recipe made fresh in-house.

Cotton Patch Café is taking a different approach with its new chicken-fried bacon, and Papa John’s Pizza is also going in the indulgent direction with its largest pepperoni pizza slices to date.

MOD Pizza also has a Mexican-inspired item this month. The Diego has chorizo and roasted corn and is finished with cilantro.

Rusty Taco has a summertime special with pork and tomatillo salsa, and of course Velvet Taco has its Weekly Taco Feature, this time with chicken tenders and ranch dressing.

Finally, the parade of new chicken sandwiches marches on with TKK Fried Chicken rolling out a spicy chicken sandwich which also is available at locations co-branded with Kung Fu Tea.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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Correction: September 09, 2020
The description of Papa John's Shaq-a-Roni pizza has been updated to reflect that it has extra cheese and pepperoni, but not necessarily twice the amount of a regular Papa John's pepperoni pizza. More precise pricing information about Arby's new items has also been added. An error in the price of Pizza Guys' Fireworks Pizza has been corrected. Information about the price of Cotton Patch Cafe's Texas BBQ Stack also has been added.
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