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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

From pickle juice to peanut butter, flavor tops the news

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.

Food

Menu launches take on a slower summer pace

Taste Tracker: Cool drinks debut at Applebee’s, Sonic and Caribou Coffee; Velvet Taco and Baja Fresh change up tacos; KFC tests nuggets; it’s a wrap for Arby’s; and more menu news of the week.

Tacos and fajitas take on new flavors at TGIFridays, Fuzzy’s and bartaco; CPK does seafood and BWW a chicken sandwich; bowls trend at Native Foods, Pokeworks and Flat Top Grill; and more food and drink news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Boston Market roasts nuggets; Zaxby’s tosses up salads; Chili’s and Bonefish get busy at the bar; new shakes and scoops at Culver’s, Main Event, Baskin-Robbins and Marble Slab; and icy coffees, tropical tastes and more come to menus.

Taste Tracker: Outback tosses up a salad; Cinnabon does chocolate; chill out with cool drinks at Joe & the Juice, Scooter’s and Mellow Mushroom; burgers, fish and pizza heat up menus.

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.

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.

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