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Menu Tracker: New items from Taco Bell, Red Robin, and Jimmy John’s

Plus innovation at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Bellagreen, Big Shoulders Coffee, Bluestone Lane, Bonanza and Ponderosa Steakhouses, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Cicis Pizza, Cinnabon, Cotton Patch Cafe, Dig, Dunkin, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Freebirds World Burrito, Hat Creek Burger Company, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Krispy Kreme, Legal Sea Foods, Lime Fresh, Marco’s Pizza, Mission Taco Joint, Newk’s Eatery, Paris Baguette, Peter Piper Pizza, Roy Rogers, Velvet Taco, and Vitality Bowls

Taco Bell is testing chicken nuggets. It’s just testing them in one market, but it’s still kind of a big deal.

Red Robin has revamped its menu, and seasonal limited-time offers are also now in place at Bellagreen, Dig, Newk’s Eatery, Roy Rogers, and Cotton Patch Café.

Dunkin’ has launched its Halloween LTO’s, and so have Applebee’s, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice, Krispy Kreme, Paris Baguette, and Peter Piper Pizza.

Peter Piper is the first this year in what no doubt will be a long list of pizzerias offering pies shaped like pumpkins and decorated like Jack-o’-lanterns. If that’s all that a pizza chain is doing for Halloween they probably won’t make it into Menu Tracker, because it’s pretty much expected at this point.

Big Shoulders Coffee and Bluestone Lane are just now offering their seasonal pumpkin spice lattes, which is rather refreshing, and Marco’s Pizza is finally jumping on the hot honey bandwagon.

Cicis Pizza and Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana both have pies topped with potatoes, which is in fact a common pizza topping in Rome, and  Vitality Bowls has new oatmeal and hummus.

Bonanza and Ponderosa have prime rib, Freebird’s World Burrito has birria, and Hat Creek Burger Company is putting green chile in its queso.

Jimmy John’s has a chicken-and-ranch sub with crunchy tortilla strips.

Legal Sea Foods is teaming up with a local Massachusetts distillery for a special cocktail, Lime Fresh is teaming up with another Florida brand, 4 Rivers Smokehouse, for a special taco, and Mission Taco Joint has a taco named for a breast cancer survivor.

Carrabba’s is continuing its weekly offer of a special pasta. It has two more such offers to go, unlike Velvet Taco, which has a Weekly Taco Feature that goes on into infinity.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

Correction: October 16, 2023
An error in the availability of Hat Creek Burger Company's Green Chili Queso has been corrected.
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