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Menu Tracker: New items from Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell and White Castle

Plus innovation at Baja Fresh, Bar Louie, Bb.q Chicken, California Pizza Kitchen, Corner Bakery, Del Taco, Doc Popcorn, Dog Haus, Eureka!, Ford’s Garage, Green District Salads, The Habit Burger Grill, IHOP Insomnia Cookies, Lion’s Choice, Miller’s Ale House, MOD Pizza, Native Foods, Papa Johns, P.F. Chang’s, Pita Mediterranean Street Food, Pizza Inn, Pollo Campero, Sweetfin, Taco Bell, Tropical Smoothie Café, Velvet Taco, Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade and Yogurtland

Happy Earth Day, one of many relatively new holidays that fall around this time of year, starting on March 12 and 13, the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, which some people — bar-owners in particular — celebrate as St. Practice Day in preparation for the big drinking night. That was followed by 3/14, or Pi Day because the first three digits of that mathematical constant are 3.14. March 16 is a holiday for professional wrestling fans, who celebrate Austin 3:16, Stone Cold Steve Austin’s arguably blasphemous cooptation of that verse from the Gospel of John.

And this week, before Earth Day, we had 4/20, which for reasons that aren’t necessary to go into celebrates marijuana culture.

Numerous chains are marking the weed-related holiday with specials, including Dog Haus, Insomnia Cookies, Native Foods and Velvet Taco.

Taco Bell, widely regarded as a popular venue for potheads, apparently ignored the occasion but it did decide that this is the right time to bring back its beloved Mexican Pizza.

There is an entire movie about stoners on a quest to get to White Castle, but that chain also skipped the holiday and instead introduced a new slider based on the chain’s original 101-year-old recipe.

Bar Louie now has a tostada burger, which seems kind of stonerish, as does IHOP’s new cheeseburger omelet.

California Pizza Kitchen has new soups and salads, and Eureka!, Corner Bakery and Ford’s Garage have rolled out their spring menus.

Baja Fresh has hopped on the birria bandwagon, The Habit Burger Grill has a burger inspired by the Cubano sandwich and Lion’s Choice has a pulled pork sandwich.

Miller’s Ale House has a new lunch menu.

Pizza Inn has a New York-style pepperoni pizza and Papa Johns is stuffing pepperoni into crusts and putting it in rolls.

MOD Pizza has a new pie with a person’s name, as is its custom. This is a Thai-inspired one named Jasmine.

Green District Salads has a kids menu now, plus new salads, and P.F. Chang’s has three sake cocktails.

The next minor holiday will by Star Wars Day, May the fourth.

Pita Mediterranean Street Food has new beef kebabs, Pollo Campero has grilled nuggets and Bb.q Chicken has maple glazed wings.

Chick-fil-A has expanded the footprint of its Spicy Chicken Biscuit and is branching out from its version of the Arnold Palmer, called Sunjoy, to add cloudberry and cherry blossom flavors to it. In a somewhat similar vein, Del Taco now has drinks with “popping pearls” containing the flavors of kiwifruit and prickly pear.

Sweetfin has a new poke bowl, Doc Popcorn has new popcorn, Yogurtland has two seasonal yogurts and Tropical Smoothie Cafe has new smoothies.

Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade has two new mango items.

And the next minor holiday is Star Wars Day, on May the fourth.

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