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New launches and LTOs offer lots of menu variety

Taste Tracker: Plants fill plates, seafood and tacos share the spotlight and homestyle flavors make news.


How chain chefs powered menu R&D forward during the pandemic

Corporate test kitchens may have shut down for a while, but menu development didn’t stop. It just proceeded a little differently.

Taste Tracker: Bacon sizzles at Nathan’s, Moe’s supersizes a burrito and Golden Chick celebrates state fairs.

The fast casual collaborated with Mama’s Too! to create a burger with an Italian vibe.

R&D is ramping up, and innovative new menu items are the result.

As dining rooms in restaurants reopen to the public, operators will be welcoming back their loyal customers with open arms.

Launches of new menu items can attract customers bored with cooking at home.

Sweets, sips and toasty sandwiches are the top menu choices.

The pandemic has slowed R&D, but chains are luring consumers with meal deals.

While full-service and fast-casual concepts focus on takeout and delivery meals, drive-thrus are trying to lure customers with new items.

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