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Menu Tracker: New items from Dunkin’, Papa Johns, and KFC

Plus innovation at Baskin-Robbins, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Eggs Up Grill, Farmer Boys, Freebirds World Burrito, Gott’s Roadside, Huckleberry’s Breakfast and Lunch, Jimmy John’s, Krispy Kreme Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, Miller’s Ale House, Native Foods, Next Level Burger, O’Charley’s, Ocean Prime, Playa Bowls, Proud Mary Coffee Roasters, Quiznos, Razzoo’s Cajun Café, Schlotzsky’s, Taco Cabana, Velvet Taco, and Voodoo Doughnut

It’s February, and that means that pretty much every pizza chain is offering heart-shaped pizzas. We won’t be posting them all here, but take our word for it: If you want heart-shaped pizza this month, your favorite chain probably has you covered, and at no extra charge!

There are also Valentine’s Day-related items from Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin’, Krispy Kreme, and, arguably, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, which has a limited-time pink treat.

Possibly related is Jimmy John’s Red Velvet Cookie, and, because people order a lot of lobster on Valentine’s Day, the returning lobster items from Quiznos and new lobster items from O’Charley’s.

In less expected news Proud Mary Coffee Roasters, a coffeehouse chain based in Australia, spent $2,000 for a pound of Hartmann Estate’s Black Jaguar Geisha coffee and is selling it for $150 per cup. Only 22 such cups will be available, and only at the chain’s Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas locations.

And you thought you were paying a lot for eggs.

Farmer Boys is testing premium coffee at two locations, but for considerably less than Proud Mary.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is making use of its virtual brand, Wing Boss, to offer a spicy chicken sandwich, and Gott’s Roadside has a new chicken sandwich, too.

The wraps that KFC tested last year are now available systemwide.

Papa Johns now has pizza with cheese on the bottom of the crust, Freebirds World Burrito has low-carb tortillas, and Playa Bowls has a new base made of pitaya (aka dragon fruit).

Miller’s Ale House and Ocean Prime both have a bunch of new menu items, Eggs Up Grill and Huckleberry’s have sweet new breakfast items, and Razzoo’s Cajun Café has crawfish.

Native Foods has a pulled pork sandwich without any pork in it, Next Level Burger has a burger made with quinoa and mushrooms, Schlotzsky’s has expanded its line of “calzones” and Taco Cabana has new versions of its double crunch pizza.

Voodoo Doughnut has a new treat with lemon honey cream and Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature has fried Spam.

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