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Menu Tracker: New items from Burger King, Starbucks, and Popeyes

Plus innovation at Caribou Coffee, Charleys Cheesesteaks, Friendly’s, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream, Kura Sushi, Marble Slab Creamery, Mendocino Farms, Mountain Mike’s, P.F. Chang’s, Perkins, Rapid Fired Pizza, Roy Rogers, Smokey Mo’s BBQ, , Velvet Taco

More chains are hopping on the spring strawberry bandwagon this week, including Charleys Cheesesteaks, Friendly’s, Mendocino Farms, and Perkins (big time!). Popeyes introduced strawberry biscuits in March and they were so successful that they’re now a permanent part of the menu.

Burger King is collaborating with Sony Pictures Animation to promote their new Spiderman film with a Whopper with a red bun and Swiss cheese (the cheese connection to Spiderman is unclear).

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is having fun with elote, while Velvet Taco is calling its Weekly Taco Feature a French Dip, which is interesting because it kind of looks like (but isn’t) a birria taco, and that’s the hottest taco trend at the moment.

Sort of similarly, Roy Rogers has a patty melt, but it’s not calling it that, either.

And speaking of trendy, Rapid Fired Pizza has joined the chicken bacon ranch club, and Smokey Mo’s BBQ has brisket mac & cheese.

Starbucks has a new Frappuccino, a new cold brew coffee, and a cake pop meant to resemble a bumblebee (because spring). Caribou Coffee seems to be anticipating summer with its s’mores cake pop and espresso mixed with tonic.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is celebrating the color blue this month and Marble Slab Creamery has some new peanut butter flavored items.

P.F. Chang’s has its first house draft beer, Kura Sushi has added two new sushi items to its permanent menu, and Mountain Mike’s has something new that resembled garlic knots but are not.

Contact Bret Thorn at [email protected] 

Correction: May 12, 2023
The description of Mendocino Farms' French Lentil & Kale Soup has been updated to specify that the herb used is parsley.
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