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.


Red Lobster, Burgerville and CPK make a subtle nod to the holidays

Taste Tracker: Krispy Kreme rushes into Christmas; cocktails make a splash at Bonefish and Ted’s Montana Grill; comfort foods rule at Tender Greens; and wings take flight at Pei Wei.


Golden Corral, Cracker Barrel, Maggiano's and more trot out Turkey Day specials

Taste Tracker: Restaurants bring it on for Thanksgiving, offering family meals and large feasts for carrying out or dining in.

Taste Tracker: Marco’s Pizza pushes portability; California Fish Grill and Slim Chickens innovate bowls; Thanksgiving flavors trend at Dog Haus and Baskin Robbins; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Ruth’s Chris pairs up favorites; Newk’s menu gets meatier; bundles for football fans at Bar Louie; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Black Tap does a spooky shake; Wayback gets ghoulish with burgers; Jack-O-Lanterns glow at Paris Baguette and Papa Murphy’s; and lots more frightening menu news.

Taste Tracker: Lou Malnati’s and Portillo’s tag team a pizza; drive-thru steaks to go at Aussie Grill; Legal Sea Foods hosts an oyster fest; and Shake Shack tests sundaes.

Taste Tracker: The Melting Pot celebrates Oktoberfest; Auntie Anne’s sweetens pretzel nuggets; IHOP goes all in on waffles; and Zaxby’s does a chicken Philly.

Taste Tracker: A Pop Tart cookie for Crumbl; Hardee’s heats up chicken; Just Salad and Mendocino Farms harvest fall; it’s apple time for Krispy Kreme; and we’re not done with pumpkin quite yet.

Taste Tracker: New spins on bowls at Playa Bowls; Fazoli’s bakes pizza into pasta; mushroom mania hits Blaze; Rubio’s new fish taco won a contest; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Apples star at Wayback but pumpkin endures at Dutch Bros, Ziggi’s, Hungry Howie's and Denny’s; Bojangles and Jinya wing it for football season; and Fogo de Chao goes all in on veggies.

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