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Bowls and sandwiches continue to dominate menus

Mendocino Farms and Rush Bowls launch new items; chicken sandwiches keep on coming at Jollibee and Jack in the Box; Panera layers carbs on carbs; and comfort foods take on fall flavors.


Asian concepts take a detour with chicken sandwiches, nuggets and guac

Taste tracker: Panda Express has a chicken sandwich and nuggets rule at Pokemoto; guac goes Japanese at Jinya; chains celebrate cheeseburgers; queso at Einstein Bros. and more.

Taste tracker: Shake Shack partners with restaurateur Dominique Crenn for an LTO; bacon and cheddar team up at Wendy’s and Schlotzsky’s; nachos and tacos trend at El Pollo Loco, Torchy’s and Taco Cabana; Dutch Bros. and Bennigan’s tout new drinks; and sweet treats get seasonal.

Taco Bell pumps up the flavor of Nacho Fries; chicken rules the roost at Panda Express, Pollo Campero and Metro Diner; B. Good and Guy Fieri launch new burgers; and there’s no stopping the pumpkin spice blitz.

The coffee giant brings back the long-running fall favorite along with a pumpkin-themed cold brew and other treats.

The full-service family dining chain takes bacon beyond breakfast and debuts seasonal drinks.

Technomic data shows that customers crave unique and flavorful warm-weather drinks, especially those that feature watermelon, berries and other seasonal fruits.

Taste Tracker: Pizza power at Marco’s and Toppers; burger variations debut at Wayback and The Counter; Taco Bell and Taco del Mar make a taco pivot; and Le Pain Quotidien goes back to its roots.

Taste Tracker: Brisket burritos are smokin’ at Freebirds; Quiznos spotlights pork while Taziki’s tests lamb; Epic Burger and Long John Silver’s go plant-based; and Krispy Kreme, Black Bear Diner and more celebrate with sweets.

Beyond The Original Orange Chicken is debuting at select locations in New York and California.

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