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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

A wealth of new menu items entices diners over the Fourth of July holiday weekend

Taste Tracker: Chicken in new guises at BWW, Slim Chickens and Toppers; Mooyah, Auntie Anne’s and Smashburger shake it up; refreshing thirst-quenchers for Starbucks, Dunkin’ and Charleys; and everything from cocktails to concretes to cookies make their debut.

Food

There's no lull in menu launches during the ‘lazy’ days of summer

Taste Tracker: Just Salad and Chicken Salad Chick refresh the salad bowl; cool sipping at Potbelly, Corner Bakery and PJ’s; IHOP has a Minions menu; Newk’s and Taco John’s celebrate barbecue; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Taco del Mar, Hurricane Grill and Tacos 4 Life boast a beach vibe; bowled over by peaches at Sweetgreen and BBQ at Sonny’s; a sweet tea-ice cream mashup for McAlister’s; Bad Ass Coffee and Ziggi’s launch summery LTOs to sip; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Cool off with cocktails at BJ’s and Fridays; Burgerville and Chopt spec new salads; Church’s takes to smoke; Carrabba’s celebrates Father’s Day; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Chocolate is for drinking at Starbucks and Shake Shack; Bennigan’s and Lazy Dog craft cocktails; Subway’s latest sandwich refresh; Modern Market embraces summer; and more menu news of the week.

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.

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.

Cheba Hut, Velvet Taco, TGI Fridays feed the munchies; bowls trend at Dos Toros, Ghenghis Grill, Sweetfin; Papa John’s riffs on pizza; beverages rule at Corner Bakery and Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

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.

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