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Menu Tracker: New items from Taco Bell, Denny’s, and Panda Express

Plus innovation at Another Broken Egg Cafe , Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, California Pizza Kitchen, Checkers & Rally’s, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Fogo de Chão, Häagen-Dazs, Kura Sushi, Lazy Dog Restaurants, Lenny’s Grill & Subs, Lion’s Choice, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Miller’s Ale House, O’Charley’s, Pei Wei Asin Kitchen, Red Lobster, Taco Time, Ted’s Montana Grill, Tender Greens, TGI Fridays, Veggie Grill, Tim Hortons, Velvet Taco, and Ziggi’s Coffee

Taco John’s made national headlines this summer after Taco Bell (which makes headlines all the time) “convinced” the smaller chain to relinquish its trademark of “Taco Tuesday.”

Is Taco John’s responding to that by mimicking the larger chain’s Mexican Pizza? You be the judge.

Taco Bell, for its part, has a new iteration of its Nacho Fries, among other things, and Taco Time has a new quesadilla.

Fogo de Chão has added pork belly to its churrasco menu for what it says is the first time, and Panda Express is testing its spiciest entrée yet.

Denny’s and Kura Sushi have added a bunch of items to its permanent menu and there are many seasonal specials at Lazy Dog Restaurants, Miller’s Ale House, Tender Greens, and O’Charley’s, and TGI Fridays has many new drink specials (and some dinner combos).

There are new minty items from Häagen-Dazs, Lion’s Choice, and Ziggi’s Coffee. Other holiday specials can be found at Another Broken Egg Café, Applebee’s, Red Lobster (which has a whole Lobster & Shrimp Celebration going on), Maggiano’s, and Tim Hortons.

California Pizza Kitchen has new pizza and pasta, Checkers & Rally’s have new burgers and Lenny’s Grill & Subs is sort of joining the Nashville hot chicken bandwagon.

Pei Wei, meanwhile, has expanded its lineup of wings.

Ted’s Montana Grill has nachos, Veggie Grill is now using mushrooms as a meat substitute, and the Weekly Taco Feature at Velvet Taco is inspired by bánh mì.


Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

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