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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Take Two

Places ranging from QSRs to diners and bistros offer grilled cheese sandwiches on the menu, but now this nostalgic comfort food is spawning eateries dedicated solely to the iconic sandwich. Here’s a sampling of some melty, gooey signatures.

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Fresh catch at Friday’s

Casual-dining pioneer T.G.I. Friday’s has invested in elevating its menu ingredients.

The majority of Americans take a middle road when it comes to flavor experimentation. According to a survey published in Technomic’s American Express MarketBriefing, restaurant customers have a certain “zone of creativity” and will accept menu innovation within that “zone.” Items too far outside the zone may be rejected.

We’ve seen a lot of great ideas so far this year: McDonald’s idea to ban gestation crates. Chefs organizing against fracking. A restaurant security guard using a sword to hold back a robber!

Communal tables and shareable small plates may have spawned the social dining trend, but today’s customers want more. Gen Y—aka the Millennials—are leading the charge. And they spend a lot more of their disposable income on dining out than other generations.

Here is a brief summary of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it impacts restaurants specifically. Several resource links are also included to help restaurants comply.

Citrus is a bright spot on menus during the colder days of winter. Grapefruit is now being featured in sweet and savory dishes as well as seasonal cocktails. Chefs are capitalizing on the sweet and sour notes of the ruby red fruit to add fresh flavor.

Perfect for the gluten free diner, hemp seeds are a superfood with a subtle nut flavor. Hemp seed can be eaten raw or cooked, ground into flour or whole. These seeds are a healthy option to add texture and flavor to menus.

Tis the season for giving...especially to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Restaurants have started promoting their special menus for Easter brunch and dinner, as well as symbolic sweet treats to celebrate the holiday. Looks like there's a lot of good eating planned for Easter Sunday, which falls on March 31 this year.

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