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Menu Tracker: New items from Starbucks, Taco Bell, and Wendy’s

Plus innovation at Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, Bob Evans, Caribou Coffee, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chipotle Mexican Grill, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Dave & Buster’s, Friendly’s, Gong Cha, Gott’s Roadside, The Habit Burger Grill, Honeygrow, Island Fin Poke, Jet’s Pizza, Johnny Rockets, Kona Ice, Krispy Kreme, La Madeleine, Lenny’s Grill & Subs, Little Caesars, Nekter Juice Bar, North Italia, Paris Baguette, Potbelly, Rush Bowls, Smashburger, Smoothie King, Tender Greens, Tocaya Modern Mexican, Twisted Root Burger, and Velvet Taco, Wendy’s

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and some last-minute green items are being offered by The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Krispy Kreme, and Starbucks (plus some non-holiday-related items at its Starbucks Reserve locations), and Velvet Taco has a Shepherd’s Pie Taco as its Weekly Taco Feature, which seems geared toward the holiday.

St. Patrick’s Day always falls during Lent, a season that Bob Evans is observing with new fish items.

La Madeleine is jumping on ahead to Easter, which is March 31 this year, and North Italia celebrated Pi Day, March 14 (because 3.14 are the first three digits of the mathematical constant used for calculating the circumference of circles) with the launch of 20 regional pizzas inspired by different parts of Italy.

Spring is in the air, and for some coffeehouses that apparently means lavender. Both Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii and Caribou Coffee have special drinks made with the flower, falling Starbucks’ launch of similar items last week.

Sort of related, Dave & Buster’s has drink specials celebrating spring break.

Taco Bell has rolled out a whole new Cantina Chicken menu, Chipotle is reprising its Chicken al Pastor, Smashburger has a new fried chicken sandwich, and Island Fin Poke is getting in on the chicken game as well.

Wendy’s has a new Frosty.

There are new seasonal menus at Carrabba’s, Friendly’s, Paris Baguette, and Tender Greens, and a new cookie at Potbelly.

Gott’s Roadside is going Latin with a Cubano sandwich and dulce de leche shake, Gong Cha has some drinks in collaboration with Hershey’s, Johnny Rockets has a shake made with Oreo cookies, and Twisted Root Burger has one with Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups.

Nekter Juice Bar has several new items made with Tajín, Smoothie King has a collab with Dude Perfect, and Tocaya Modern Mexican is working with Vanessa Hudgens.

The Habit Burger Grill, noticing that consumers like the value of kids’ meals, has introduced a version of them specifically targeting adults.

Honeygrow has a spicy stir-fry, Jet’s Pizza has a new Greek pie, Little Caesars has pizza pockets, Lenny’s Grill & Subs has its first sub with pepperoni on it, Kona Ice has a flavorful new dust, and Rush Bowls is bringing back an item inspired by the Mai Tai.

Correction: March 18, 2024
Errors in the availability of La Madeleine's Easter Feast and of the price of Carrabba's Shrimp Scampi have been corrected.
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