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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