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Menu Tracker: New items from Subway, P.F. Chang’s and White Castle

Plus innovation at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Mendocino Farms, Native Foods, Pie Five, Taco Cabana, TGI Fridays, Tijuana Flats and Velvet Taco

It’s a relatively quiet week in menu development, with the big news probably being Mendocino Farms’ rebrand, which includes two limited-time Thai items systemwide and a brisket sandwich at participating Texas locations.

Or maybe the big news is the fact that White Castle isn’t celebrating Valentine’s Day in its restaurants this year. It does have a takeout meal for two in a cube-shaped pink box, but we don’t usually cover things like that in Menu Tracker (although we did at the height of the pandemic). However we do cover new desserts on a stick and White Castle has one of those.

Subway has a couple of new subs, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse has the latest version of its signature Pizookie format, and P.F. Chang’s has a cocktail celebrating lunar new year.

Native Foods, a vegan concept, is trying its hand at a French dip, made with seitan, Taco Cabana has a new salad and Pie Five now has a pepperoni pizza drizzled with hot honey.

Tijuana Flats has shrimp now.

TGI Fridays has some cheesy new ingredients, an Oreo ice cream sandwich and some new cocktails, and Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature has fried goat cheese.

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