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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: IHOP, Caribou Coffee and Fogo de Chao dive into holiday season; feasts to-go at Golden Corral and Cracker Barrel; Mexican chains translate pizza and tots

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

Food

Taste Tracker: Taco Bell tests iced coffee, Arby’s gets devilish and Cava goes on a date spree

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.

Chains play up cocktails, value, bowls and yes—more pumpkin—as fall menu rollouts continue.

Pizza Inn’s new crust oozes cheese; fresh takes on chicken at Black Bear, Golden Chick and Chicken Salad Chick; and menus model the latest seasonal trends.

Fall’s in full force at Cracker Barrel, BD’s and Miller’s Ale House and a continuing deluge of pumpkin spice drives menu launches.

Taste Tracker: Pickles to eat and drink at Sonic; BJs gets peanutty; Hatch chilies heat up Taco Cabana; Taco Bell does a corny strawberry dessert; Mooyah’s, Baskin-Robbins and Dolly Llama shake up cookies; and watermelon continues to trend.

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