menu trends


Full-service chains scratch their way into the chicken wars

Casual- and family-dining chains are adding premium fried items as new lures, mindful of how well sandwiches have worked for Popeyes and Chick-fil-A.

Operators can simply menu portioned cups of their soup of the day, along with pre-prepared sandwich or salad options, to capture the business of busy lunch-seekers.

For operators, crafting a tasty barbecue offering or menu means tuning into not only what’s popular in the region but also diners’ likelihood to branch out

Successful new menu items should combine plant- and animal-based ingredients, rather than going fully vegetarian or vegan, to appeal to the widest pool of diners.

The influential chef and restaurateur left his stamp on fine dining and influenced many of D.C.'s chefs.

Today’s consumers also want more items tailored to their individual dietary needs and preferences—especially if they are flexitarian; following diets such as keto, paleo or Whole30; or are restricted in what they can eat due to medical conditions such as food allergies or heart disease.

Here are some guaranteed shockers that might have slipped past.

Here are some ways you can heat up sales by daring to pair hot sauces with other ingredients in bold, new ways

Fiery sauces and seasonings are spicing up a slew of LTOs.

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