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New menu items provide a preview of summer

Mendocino Farms celebrates summer cookouts; peaches, spritzes and lemonade infuse Firebirds’ cocktails; PJ’s Coffee marks wedding cake season; and early sightings of berries and watermelon.


New menu items tell a flavor story

Taste Tracker: Shake Shack, Jersey Mike’s, Cousins Subs, Togos and Bad Daddy’s punch up burgers and sandwiches; beverages get a flavor boost at Fridays and Dunkin; mashups trend at Pei Wei and Lucille’s; and more Cinco de Mayo specials.

Inflation, supply shortages, port congestion and labor issues are pushing up the price of fish and shellfish.

Taste Tracker: Cinco de Mayo hits menus at Del Taco, Baja Fresh, Taco John’s and more; new cocktails on hand for P.F. Chang’s, CPK and Taco Cabana; Sonic celebrates pickles; and smoothies, sweets and sips trend on menus.

Black Bear Diner does Easter brunch and dinner; a dozen new dishes for Friendly’s; Mellow Mushroom takes a detour from pizza; and donuts, hot dogs and ice cream get dressed for the holiday.

Taste Tracker: Chimichurri at Sweetgreen and Cubanos at Potbelly; chicken gets a jolt of spice at Moe’s; Dairy Queen rolls out Stackburgers; Sonic’s slush ring, Dog Haus' cocktails and more menu newsmakers of the week.

Taste Tracker: Tacos make news at Freshii and bowls at Taco Cabana; Firebirds does brunch; seafood heats up at Smokey Bones while Red Robin plays with smoke; drinks take on spring flavors.

The budget-friendly menu saves money for both the restaurant group and its customers.

Limited-service menu prices rose 8% while full-service prices increased 7.5%, but overall inflation was just as bad.

Wow Bao, Rapid Fired Pizza, Corner Bakery and Dog Haus turn to plants; March events inspire Bennigan’s and Toasted Yolk; burgers rock at Hard Rock and Wayback; and Applebee’s goes sweet.

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