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Menu Tracker: New Items from Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s

Plus innovation at Bellagreen, Big Deal Burger, Bonefish Grill, Chuck E. Cheese, Church’s Chicken, Dave & Busters, Juice It Up!, Just Salad, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Lion’s Choice, Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, PDQ, PJ’s Coffee, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Velvet Taco, Voodoo Doughnut and Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade

The big news is that Chipotle Mexican Grill is now selling spiced, smoked brisket for a limited time, but there are a lot of other new menu items out there.

If it’s brisket you’re after, Big Deal Burger, one of the virtual brands of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, has several new burgers topped with the meat.

Sister chain’s Carls Jr. and Hardee’s have teamed up with Adult Swim, the Cartoon Network’s often raunchy late-night programming for grown-ups, to offer commemorative cups and collectible figurines from shows including “Robot Chicken,” “Metalocalypse” and “Sealab 2021,” to guests who order combos featuring a new Hot Honey Sauce.

In other promotions, Just Salad has a new Earth Bowl, and $2 of every sale goes to plant trees.

Chick-fil-A has once again selected Salt Lake City, Utah, as the testing ground for a new milkshake, something it also did this past spring.

Bellagreen, Bonefish Grill and Rock Bottom Brewery all have a bunch of new menu items for the fall. Dave & Busters has new Tailgate Towers, serving 10 servings of cocktails and recommended for four or more people, and Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom is selling canned Paloma cocktails at restaurants in Colorado.

PDQ has two seasonal turkey sandwiches, PJ’s Coffee has pumpkin drinks, Church’s Chicken has a seasonal sweet potato casserole and Chuck E. Cheese is observing Halloween with food garnished in “slime,” as well as the obligatory pumpkin-shaped pizza.

Juice It Up! has new ginger and horchata options, Lion’s Choice is playing with apples, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken has a new bourbon glaze for its nuggets, and Velvet Taco has turned its elote into chips and dip, sort of.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill has a new chicken entrée and a fried lasagna snack, Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade has a new avocado-and-egg sandwich, among other things, and Voodoo Doughnut has two seasonal pastries.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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Correction: October 01, 2021
Clarification has been made of the availability of the hot honey items at Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, and more details have been added to Rock Bottom Brewery's and PDQ's menu descriptions.
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