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Menu Tracker: New items from Subway, Burger King and Taco Bell

Plus innovation at Andy’s Frozen Custard, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Bartaco, Bennigan’s, Beyond Juicery & Eatery, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buffalo’s Café, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Cowboy Chicken, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Doc Popcorn, El Pollo Loco, Ford's Garage, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Hopdoddy, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Insomnia Cookies, Jinya Ramen Bar, Miller’s Ale House, Native Foods, Newk’s Eatery, Peet’s Coffee, PJ’s Coffee, 7-Eleven, Sweetfin, Taco Cabana, Tao, Velvet Taco, Wayback Burger and Yogurtland

If you think about it, it’s kind of weird that people eat and drink minty things in March because they’re green, and St. Patrick’s Day is in March, and green is a color identified with Ireland.

Nonetheless, Andy’s Frozen Custard is offering a mint cookie concrete, Beyond Juicery & Eatery has Shamrock Detox Smoothie that does not contain shamrock (it could; shamrocks are edible) but does have mint, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria is serving a Mint Julep and Yogurtland has Lucky Irish Mint yogurt.

In other things Irish, Bennigan’s as usual has Irish-themed specials, Ford’s Garage has a St. Patty’s Melt and Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature is based on bangers & mash, a delicacy of Ireland as well as the United Kingdom.

We are, of course, still in Lent, so Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has some new fish offerings but they haven’t photographed them yet, and El Pollo Loco has a shrimp taco.

On the other hand, Cowboy Chicken has chosen this time to start serving beef — what it calls Cowboy Brisket.

March is also Women’s History Month, and Tao is marking the occasion by offering cocktails named after notable Asian women, including a scientist, a poet from 1,000 years ago and a modern-day advocate for LGBTQ and other causes.

Spring starts in March, and Insomnia Cookies is offering treats with hibiscus, strawberries and poppyseeds.

Burger King, which tested melts in January, has rolled them out nationwide for a limited time.

Wayback Burger, for reasons that are not entirely clear, has decided that now is the time to poke fun at McDonald’s with a larger and pricier take on the Big Mac. It’s also selling fried pickles.

Buffalo’s Café and Hurricane Grill & Wings each have three limited-time burgers, available through May, and Hopdoddy has a “burger” made with Buffalo chicken.

Bartaco is continuing with its five-week Margarita series, Applebee’s has doughnut holes now, BJ’s current Pizookie is made with churros and Buffalo Wild Wings has its own MTN Dew flavor.

Doc Popcorn has popcorn based on the Everything Bagel

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf has a burnt caramel cold brew latte, PJ’s Coffee is bringing back its honey macadamia line and Peet’s Coffee has a bunch of new vegan items.

Speaking of vegan items, Native Foods has a bánh mì sandwich made out of seitan, Sweetfin has several new vegan sides and 7-Eleven has a black bean burger.

Subway has two new Italian-inspired subs, Jinya Ramen Bar has a fried chicken bowl, Miller’s Ale House is featuring pulled pork, Taco Cabana has tres leches cake and Newk’s Eatery is promoting its Chipotle Caesar and Jalapeño Ranch dressings.

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