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Menu Tracker: Tests at Chipotle Mexican Grill and Einstein Bros. Bagels

Plus new items at El Pollo Loco, Fatburger, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Jamba Juice, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, Sonic Drive-In, Taco Cabana, Velvet Taco, Woody’s Bar-B-Q and Yoshinoya

Chipotle Mexican Grill is responding to customer demand for a low-carb rice substitute with a test of cauliflower made to look like rice — a hot trend in recent years — with a test in Denver and Wisconsin. Einstein Bros. Bagels also selected Denver as its test market for a meatless option.

In other plant-based news, El Pollo Loco has reformulated its “Chickenless Pollo” introduced earlier this year, removing the egg enzymes to make it completely vegan. Jamba Juice, meanwhile, has introduced vegan pea protein as a new premium boost.

Chicken sandwich mania continues with new items from Fatburger, Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken and Woody’s Bar-B-Q. 

Taco Cabana has expanded its Margarita line from three to 12, Velvet Taco has added three new tacos, on top of its usual weekly taco feature.

Sonic Drive-In has a three-layer slushie, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop now has queso flights and you can buy doughnut holes at Yoshinoya.

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Correction: July 17, 2020
This gallery has been updated to reflect the fact that El Pollo Loco's reformulated Chickenless Pollo is a permanent addition to the menu. Additionally, an item previously featured in May from Nékter Juice Bar has been removed.
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