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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.

Food

Taste Tracker: Del Taco brings back tamales and Outback and Bennigan’s shake up holiday cocktails

Festive drinks from Bad Ass Coffee; Hard Rock’s World Cup burger; Taziki’s dessert mashup; and more menu news of the week.

Food

Taste Tracker: Wendy’s goes Italian, Modern Market adds Angus beef bowls and Krispy Kreme decorates for Christmas

Holiday beverages continue to trend at Smashburger and Ziggi’s; Bad Daddy’s does a hangover burger; Toasted Yolk offers savories and sweets; and more menu news of the week.

Black Bear adds six dinner combos; Thankgsiving at Velvet Taco; Lazy Dog builds a gingerbread house; and more menu news of the week.

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New seasonal LTOs debut at Quiznos, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 16 Handles and Huddle House, plus more menu news of the week.

Halloween treats at Einstein Bros., Ziggi’s and Corner Bakery; sous vide beef comes to Firehouse; co-branded items keep trending; and more menu news of the week.

Just Salad adds plant-based chicken; Chopt travels to New Mexico; Mod Pizza and Habit Grill pick pumpkin; and comfort makes a comeback.

Also trending this week: Halloween treats at Baskin-Robbins and Insomnia Cookies; Krystal’s mini chicks; Zaxby’s loaded fries and pork makes menu news.

Plus plenty of new shareables, snacks, salads, soups and sandwiches as October begins.

The pumpkin harvest is not over yet but other fall flavors and unique items are emerging on menus as cooler weather sets in.

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