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Menu Tracker: New items from Starbucks, Subway and Panera

Plus innovation at Caribou Coffee, Eegee’s, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Genghis Grill, Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream, Mendocino Farms, Meta Burger, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, PJ’s Coffee, Pokeworks, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Toasted Yolk Cafe, Velvet Taco and Yogurtland

In late March, Panera removed its Frontega Chicken Sandwich from its menu and the sandwich’s fans, to say the least, were not pleased. So its back, permanently this time.

Starbucks also has a new permanent addition to the menu: Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, which is cold brew coffee topped with a cold chocolate foam.

And Subway, as part of its ongoing “Eat Fresh Refresh” initiative, has improved its teriyaki sauce, and in celebration it has introduced a steak sandwich with the sauce on it.

Genghis Grill has a new teriyaki quesadilla.

Perkins is celebrating strawberry season with a bunch of new items featuring the fruit, while PJ’s Coffee is celebrating the approaching wedding season with drinks meant to taste like wedding cake (vanilla and almond are key).

Caribou Coffee, for its part, is introducing a vegan breakfast sandwich, and this week we’re also hearing from Meta Burger, a three-unit vegan chain in Colorado, which has new menu items.

Speaking of small chain’s we don’t hear from often, Eegee’s, which has around 30 locations in Arizona, serves wraps now, Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream, based in Bettendorf, Iowa, with 42 locations, is expanding on its Taco Joe pizza during what it’s calling Mexi-Fest, and Toasted Yolk Café, an 18-unit chain based in Houston, has some French toast specials.

Potbelly has a new cookie, Pokeworks has pressed sushi, and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill has a line of new cocktails.

Yogurtland has a frozen dessert with blueberries and oat milk, Mendocino Farms has several summery specials and Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature has fried green tomatoes.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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Correction: May 18, 2022
This gallery has been corrected to reflect the fact that Starbucks' Chocolate Cream Cold Brew is a permanent addition to the menu, and to clarify that Eegee's wraps are priced the same as 8-inch subs and that wraps will only be available through July.
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