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Chains tweak favorites with new twists to lure summer customers

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.


Meats and treats trend on menus

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.

The chains started warning consumers about a lack of supplies as transportation issues continue to cause supply issues.

In today’s hypercompetitive market, operators must ensure that the dishes remaining on their menu will successfully draw customers.

RB editors Pat Cobe and Heather Lalley join Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze to discuss and debate the future of plant-based meat at fast-food restaurants.

The industry increased prices at a post-pandemic high in June, but grocery price inflation increased as cost pressures mount.

Taste Tracker: New sandwiches arrive at Jimmy John’s, Firehouse Subs, Newk’s and more; tacos get a flavor twist at Torchy’s; Bennigan’s and Abuelo’s cool off with cocktails; summer comes in a bowl at Daphne’s, Modern Market and Metro Diner; and sweet treats star on several menus.

Wraps come on the menu for the first time as the sandwich chain ramps up LTO launches.

The 65-year-old restaurant, famous for its fantasy-world decor, celebrity following and frozen hot chocolate, sports a fresh look and menu.

The sandwich giant is upgrading its bread and several ingredients in what the company is calling a long-term brand refresh.

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