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Menu Tracker: New items from Wendy’s, Papa John’s and Einstein Bros. Bagels

Plus additions at Abuelo’s, Bertucci’s, Black Bear Diner, Cowboy Chicken, Fired Pie, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Papa Murphy’s, Pretzelmaker, Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen, Salata, Taco Mac, Tijuana Flats and Velvet Taco

Wendy’s has upped the ante in the chicken sandwich game by adding cracker crumbs to its breading for extra crunch.

Elsewhere in chicken, Cowboy Chicken has a new drumstick meal for four people, Fired Pie has joined the growing number of pizza chains with a Nashville hot chicken pizza and Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has new fried chicken tacos.

Einstein Bros. Bagels, apparently noticing how popular doughnuts have become during this pandemic, has added them to its menu, but to stay on-brand the chain is calling them Party Bagels.

Papa John’s is bringing back its cheeseburger pizza and also stuffing the same toppings in the folded sandwich called the Papadia that it introduced earlier this year.

Bertucci’s and Papa Murphy’s are both playing with their pepperoni pizza: Bertucci’s is putting on double the usual amount and naming the pie after former Boston Red Sox slugger David “Big Papi” Ortiz, and Papa Murphy’s is making it into a smiling face for the annual return of its Jack-O-Lantern pie.

Taco Mac has introduced a whole new lineup of burgers and Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen has a whole new lineup of gluten-free items.

Black Bear Diner is inviting guests add pumpkin spice to several items this season, Salata is testing grain bowls, Abuelo’s has new seasonal items, Tijuana Flats has a family bundle just for taco Tuesdays, and Pretzelmaker is adding blue raspberry syrup to its lemonade.

And Velvet Taco’s weekly taco feature is inspired by pork bánh mì.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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Correction: October 23, 2020
An error in the number of locations where Salata's grain bowls are being tested has been corrected.
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