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.


Things get crispy and crunchy at Moe's, White Castle and Burgerville

Taste Tracker: Noodles & Co. goes Alfredo-style; Father’s Day specials at Black Angus; Friendly’s releases SummerFest menu; Wayback and Culver’s build seasonal burgers; and fruit makes food and drink news this week.


June kicks off with menu action at Sonic, Blaze Pizza and Panda Express

Taste Tracker: IHOP’s Pancake of the Month debuts; summer fruits sparkle at 7-Eleven, CPK and Hardee’s; BWW goes Hawaiian; and chicken gets downsized at Dave’s.

Taste Tracker: Portillo’s and Malnati’s go deep; Starbird and Mendocino Farms showcase street corn; Cava taps guests for R&D while Dolly Parton collabs with Krispy Kreme; and it’s all about burgers on May 28.

The heat is on at Cracker Barrel and Dog Haus; summer means shrimp at Modern Market; BJ’s takes flight with sangria; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Moms are in the spotlight at Maggiano’s, Polly’s Pies and Firebirds; Culver’s, Sonic and IHOP get fruity; Wayback and Togo’s enhance and revamp; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Lucille’s Smokehouse cooks up BBQ feasts; baked falafel comes to Taziki’s; borracho beans return to Fuzzy’s; Panera celebrates Derby Day and Jimmy John’s has a gift for moms.

Taste Tracker: Bacon stars at Wayback and Black Bear Diner; Starbucks and Hooters kick up the heat; On the Border is ready for Cinco de Mayo; and more menu news of the week.

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.

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.

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