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Menu Tracker: New items from Arby’s, McDonald’s and Krispy Kreme

Plus innovation from Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Baskin-Robbins, Buffalo Wild Wings, Condado Tacos, Creamistry, Crumbl Cookie, Dae Gee Korean BBQ, Dairy Queen, Dash In, Denny’s, Fuku, The Habit Burger Grill, Jollibee, La Madeleine, Ledo Pizza, Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, Nekter Juice Bar, Peet’s Coffee, Rush Bowls, Studio Movie Grill, Torchy’s Tacos, Veggie Grill, Velvet Taco, Voodoo Doughnut, Whataburger and World of Beer

It’s actually not true that McDonald’s has a new item, but it is bringing back its cult favorite McRib (although not until November), and for the second year in a row it’s rolling it out nationwide.

Arby’s is clearly not impressed. Although it doesn’t explicitly call out the Golden Arches in the launch of the Real Country Style Rib sandwich — it’s more the style of Wendy’s and Burger King to call out McDonald’s by name — the name of Arby’s sandwich makes the target obvious.

With October basically upon us, some chains are rolling out Halloween-themed items, including Applebee’s, Baskin-Robbins and Fuku.

Fuku’s is possibly the first Halloween-themed chicken fingers, which is kind of surprising considering that they’re called fingers.

Pumpkin spice season continues apace. Nekter Juice Bar rolled out several pumpkin items last month and we forgot to mention them, so their items are featured this week.

There are also new pumpkin-spice and related items from Denny’s, La Madeleine, Peet’s Coffee, Rush Bowls and Voodoo Doughnut.

Cinnamon, the most popular of the pumpkin spices, is on display on its own at Creamistry and Krispy Kreme, but other chains have other priorities. Chiles are being harvested now, so Whataburger is bringing back its green chile items, and a new James Bond movie is out which Studio Movie Grill is celebrating with a special cocktail. It’s not shaken, but you can’t have everything.

The music festival Austin City Limits is about to start, and Torchy’s Tacos has a special taco to celebrate in collaboration with the band Black Pumas.

The Habit Burger Grill is reprising its Chicken Caprese sandwich from last year, Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature is a perennial favorite, and Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is bringing back its Chicken Shack menu, sort of — it’s still called Chicken Shack but the menu items are different.

Jollibee is the 4 quadrillionth chain to introduce fried chicken sandwiches, Buffalo Wild Wings has a new sauce, Dae Gee Korean BBQ sells wings now and Veggie Grill has a whole new lineup of meatless items posing as meat.

Condado Tacos has a new taco, bean dip and Margarita.

World of Beer has several new permanent additions and Ledo Pizza has brought back what once were a limited-time sandwich and salad as permanent additions.

Crumbl Cookie, meanwhile, has a short LTO — just a week long — made with Golden Oreo cookies.

Dash In has a breakfast sandwich made with an inside-out doughnut and Dairy Queen has cheesy steak fingers, but only in Texas.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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Correction: October 01, 2021
An error in the availability of Condado Tacos' new food items has been corrected.
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