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Menu Tracker: New Items from Popeyes, Sonic Drive-In and Panda Express

Plus innovation at Baja Fresh, Buffalo Wings & Rings, Carvel, Firehouse Subs, Freebirds World Burrito, Frutta Bowls, Jimmy John’s, Little Caesars, Ocean Prime, Pokeworks, Quiznos, Rubio’s Coastal Grill, Taziki’s Mediterranean Café, Toppers Pizza, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Velvet Taco, Voodoo Doughnut, Wayback Burgers

Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, evidently hoping lightning will strike twice, has rolled out a new boneless chicken breast item: Nuggets, made with the same coating as its Internet-breaking chicken sandwich.

Buffalo Wings & Rings has introduced three chicken sandwiches of its own, and Firehouse Subs has a new chicken gyro.

Elsewhere, vegan chicken substitutes are on offer at Panda Express and Toppers Pizza, while Baja Fresh and Little Caesars have new items with plant-based protein meant to simulate beef and pork, respectively.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill has introduced riced cauliflower.

Freebirds World Burrito, on the other hand, has brouoght back brisket for the summer, Quiznos has introduced a triple-pork sandwich called The Smilin’ Pig, and Taziki’s Mediterranean Café is testing a lamb burger.

Jimmy John’s has introduced its first wraps.

Carvel has churro ice cream and related accoutrements, Frutta Bowls has a banana fudge smoothie, Wayback Burgers has a tangerine milkshake and Voodoo Doughnut has a canollo that’s pretending to be s’mores.

Pokeworks has new Korean-inspired poke, Tropical Smoothie Cafe has cocktail-inspired smoothies and Ocean Prime has new actual cocktails.

Finally, Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature is tomato pesto chicken

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Correction: September 24, 2021
A typographical error in the description of Sonic Drive-In's Shark Week Slush and an error in the availability of Baja Fresh's new items have been corrected. So has the availability of Little Caesars' Planteroni Pizza.
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