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Menu Tracker: New items from Chick-fil-A, Denny’s and Panda Express

Plus additions at Baskin-Robbins, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Buffalo Wild Wings, Cava, Chopt Creative Salad Company, Cool Hand Luke’s Steakhouse and Saloon, Cotton Patch Cafe, El Pollo Loco, Fresh & Co., The Greene Turtle, Grumpy’s Restaurant, The Habit Burger Grill, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Piada Italian Street Food, Pizza Guys, Quaker Steak & Lube , Shari’s, Smoothie King, Sweetgreen, Tacos 4 Life, Ted’s Montana Grill, Tijuana Flats, Tim Hortons, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Velvet Taco, Wienerschnitzel and Hamburger Stand, Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade and Yogurtland

There has been a lot of accurate reporting that restaurant chains across the country are trimming, and sometimes slashing, their menus to be more efficient in the face of reduced traffic, less labor and supply-chain problems.

But chains are also launching many new items, as this extra-long Menu Tracker indicates, and some have reworked their menus with a raft of new items. The Greene Turtle recently launched a menu with entirely new categories as well as more than 20 new items. Quaker Steak & Lube has implemented massive changes in its beverage offerings and Sweetgreen has launched several new categories of curated items for customers who don’t want to customize their meals themselves.

Cotton Patch Cafe has made more modest changes in its menu, which now has chicken fried pork.

Ted’s Montana Grill is now selling raw meat for guests to cook at home and Baskin-Robbins has introduced new kits to make the cute “creature creations” that it launched in July.

There are new frozen dessert flavors from Bruster’s Real Ice Cream and Yogurtland, Chick-fil-A has a new brownie, and Tim Hortons has pumpkin spice doughnuts along with other seasonal offerings.

Pumpkin items also are now on offer at Denny’s, Smoothie King and Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade.

Buffalo Wild Wings has a new orange chicken sauce, and probably coincidentally Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature has orange chicken, too.

Panda Express, the home of orange chicken, is offering honey sesame chicken breast, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has a chicken parm flat bread, The Habit Burger Grill is serving grilled chicken on garlic ciabatta, and El Pollo Loco has launched what it claims is the first keto burrito. Moe’s Southwest Grill, meanwhile, has just launched a burrito that’s twice the size of its normal ones, and Tijuana Flats’ new burrito is filled with queso and crunchy tortilla strips.

Sister chains Wienerschnitzel and Hamburger Stand also have launched new items with melted cheese, Piada Italian Street Food has a new four-cheese ravioli and Grumpy’s has new cheesy shrimp & grits.

Fresh & Co. and Chopt have new seasonal items, Cool Hand Luke’s has Prime rib for two, Pizza Guys has a new curry pizza, Shari’s now has plant-based sausage, Cava has introduced high-protein RightRice and Tacos 4 Life has a new honey lemonade.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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Correction: September 14, 2020
Inaccuracies in the name and menu description of Cava's Chicken & RightRice bowl have been corrected.
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