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Menu Tracker: New items from Taco Bell, Burger King, and Jack in the Box

Plus innovation at Arby’s Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, Cava, Chicken Salad Chick, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Culver’s, Dave’s Hot Chicken, Dog Haus, Ellianos Coffee, First Watch, The Flying Biscuit Café, Friendly’s, Gott’s Roadside, The Green Turtle, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Huddle House, IHOP, Jinya Ramen Bar, McAlister’s Deli, Next Level Burger, Noodles & Company, Oakberry, Original ChopShop, Paris Baguette, Playa Bowls, Potbelly, Punch Bowl Social, Rock & Brews, Snooze, Sonny’s BBQ, Taco Bell, Twisted Root Burger, Velvet Taco, Vitality Bowls, Wayback Burgers, White Castle, Yogurtland, and Ziggi’s Coffee

LGBTQ+ Pride month celebrations continue with special items from Punch Bowl Social and Snooze. The Flying Biscuit Café also has pancakes with rainbow sprinkles, but it’s unclear whether that’s pride related or simply pretty. They’re called Strawberry Dreamsicle Pancakes, but Dreamsicle has come to mean orange-and-vanilla, so it’s unclear what exactly is going on there, but there are other chains offering that flavor combination, which is sweeping the nation like pumpkin spice in late summer. That includes the Orange Cream Pancakes that are IHOP’s Pancake of the month.

Actually, that’s the only orange-and-cream flavor for this week. The focus seems to be more on summery fruits, like cherries at  Friendly’s, Gott’s Roadside, Potbelly, and Yogurtland (if someone understands the meaning behind the Pac-Man tie-in, please let me know).

Colorado-based Ziggi’s Coffee is all about peaches, which is interesting since the season for that fruit in that state isn’t until August.

There are strawberry items at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, First Watch (which is also offering its first spike juice flavored with another popular summer fruit, watermelon), Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Original ChopShop, Playa Bowls, Taco Bell, Vitality Bowls, and Wayback Burgers, among others.

The Greene Turtle has some new watermelon drinks, too.

Besides those chains, there are new drinks at Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, Ellianos Coffee, McAlister’s Deli, Next Level Burger (if shakes count), Oakberry (if smoothies count), and Rock & Brews.

Arby’s has new burgers that are sort of tied to Father’s Day, and Culver’s is reprising it’s Pretzel Haus Pub Burger.

Twisted Root Burger has a new burger, too (and a shake, and pizza), and Paris Baguette has a special cake for Father’s Day.

Burger King is testing new chicken items, Cava is the latest fast-casual chain to add steak to its repertoire, and Chicken Salad Chick has a new dessert.

Huddle House has burritos, Sonny’s BBQ has new bowls, and Noodles & Company has a new baked pasta.

Dave’s Hot Chicken has nuggets now, and Jack in the Box has new meal developed in collaboration with Ice Cube.

White Castle has new and returning flavors of chicken rings, Dog Haus has Hawaii-inspired items.

Bruster’s has special ice cream and sorbet flavors for the month, Jinya Ramen Bar has a broth-free ramen, and Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature has pork ribs.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

Correction: June 07, 2024
An error in the availability of Punch Bowl social’s Pride Punch has been corrected.
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