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Menu Tracker: Tests at Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s and Qdoba Mexican Eats

Plus innovation at BurgerFi, Carvel, Chicken Salad Chick, Creamistry, Fajita Pete’s, Friendly’s, Golden Chick, Hamburger Stand, Mooyah, Noodles & Company, Panda Express, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, PizzaForno, Pressed, Smokey Bones, Velvet Taco, Vitality Bowls, Wienerschnitzel and Wild Wing Cafe

Sister brands Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, apparently not sure whether their customers will like candied bacon, are testing items using it in select markets. Similarly, Qdoba Mexican Eats seems to be wondering whether its customers want the chain’s queso mixed with pasta and are testing that. Noodles & Company already knows its customers love its mac & cheese, and they’re augmenting it this season by adding Truff, the truffle-enhanced hot sauce that has been making the rounds at numerous chains lately.

BurgerFi is offering several bacon specials, Carvel is playing with Biscoff, Fajita Pete’s has new carnitas and Creamistry and Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes are offering peppermint treats for the season.

Chicken Salad Chick has a special seasonal salad, made by adding cranberries to its Jalapeño Holly salad, and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Smokey Bones have a whole lineup of seasonal specials.

Friendly’s and Panda Express both have new kids’ meals, and Vitality Bowls, which specializes in açaí bowls, has a massive lineup of new savory items.

Pressed has new coffee smoothies, Golden Check is testing meatless chicken, Wienerschnitzel and Hamburger Stand have brisket, PizzaForno is topping its pies with pickles, Wild Wing Cafe has chicken & waffles and Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature is made with huli huli chicken.

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Correction: November 11, 2021
This gallery has been updated with more information about Smokey Bones' seasonal menu items. Their availability also has been corrected. Errors in the prices of Carvel's items also have been corrected.
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