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.


Panera, IHOP and Snooze introduce winter warmers

Taste Tracker: Bowls rule at Bojangles; Walk-Ons, Smalls Sliders and PJ’s Coffee kick off Mardi Gras; health is on the menu at Next Level Burger and Nekter Juice Bar; and more food and drink news of the week.


New year, new chicken specials at KFC, Biscuitville and El Pollo Loco

Taste Tracker: Winter specials warm up Bonefish Grill; Dunkin’ and Salt & Straw chill out; MOD Pizza and Papa Johns tout new pies; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Ruby Slipper and Burgerville feed the morning crowd; drink it up at Mellow Mushroom and Sip Fresh; Insomnia and Pinkbox sweeten the day; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: White Castle riffs on sliders; the Double Decker Taco returns to Taco Bell; shades of red at Modern Market; new global sauces for Quizno’s and Sweetfin; and Playa Bowls adds seasonal spirit to the menu.

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.

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.

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