Taste Tracker

Pat Cobe

Every week, Senior Menu Editor Pat Cobe takes a look at the latest new menu news from major chains and menu trends. The column features extensive work from RB Art Director Nico Heins on a visual presentation.


Menus spring into action at Newk's, Fogo de Chao and True Food Kitchen

Taste Tracker: BWW adds a sauce to go; a snack and dip launches at Bojangles; strawberries top a sundae at Haagen-Dazs; and Potbelly kicks up the spice.


Burger King, Sonic and Carvel thrill to the chill

Taste Tracker: Pickle power at &pizza and Wings Over; Portillo’s tosses up new salads; make way for stroganoff at Noodles; Jamba is all about acai; and IHOP’s April Pancake of the Month rolls out.

Taste Tracker: Taco Bell goes all in on chicken; Culver’s gets a bacon upgrade; shrimp comes to Zaxby’s; and pastels trend at Krispy Kreme and Baskin-Robbins.

Taste Tracker: Island flavors make waves at First Watch; Wendy’s and Rita’s get fruity; it’s all about lavender for Caribou Coffee; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Carrabba’s and Friendly’s lighten up for Spring; bowls bloom at Honeygrow and Jinya; Potbelly bakes a new cookie; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Starbucks flavors the menu with lavender; McAlister’s Deli, Dog Haus and Applebee’s honor St. Pat; Easter blooms at Tim Horton’s; and Black Tap goes British.

Taste Tracker: Spring blooms for Ruby Slipper and Cracker Barrel; it’s cereal all day at Scooter’s and Salt & Straw; Burgerville goes for waffles; and El Pollo Loco doubles up on tostadas.

Taste Tracker: Golden Corral, Whataburger, White Castle and Krystal reel in seafood; jackfruit becomes permanent at Smashburger; bowls boom at Taco Cabana and WaBa Grill; and Twin Peaks crafts new cocktails.

Taste Tracker: Get bowled over at Jamba; hot honey returns to Wingstop; Moe’s fires up birria; and Bob Evans expands winter menu.

Taste Tracker: Cocktail creativity at Firebirds and BJ’s; Starbucks and Dutch Bros go for the pink; Valentine sweets at MOD Pizza, Tous les Jours and Yogurtland; and still time for Super Bowl at Sugarfire.

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