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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

February is a short month long on menu specials

Taste Tracker: Cracker Barrel’s wines; McAlisters spotlights steak; chicken stars at Pei Wei, Checkers and Ledo Pizza; Genghis Grill does Mardi Gras; Smokey Bones candy coats cocktails.

Food

Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day rule menus this week

Heart-shaped pizzas, doughnuts and trays; Hard Rock's Super Bowl and Valentine’s specials; football themes at BWW, Subway and Moe’s.

Taste Tracker: Panda Express swaps meat for plants in two classics; healthy sipping at Bluestone and Nekter; calories count at Fazoli’s; and fruits and vegetables fill up bowls.

Breakfast warms up at Toasted Yolk and Dunkin’; Zaxby’s and Slim Chickens riff on chicken; new bowls star at Sweetgreen; BJ’s and Cinnaholic sweeten the menu.

Taste Tracker: Grimaldi’s and Papa Johns riff on pizza; new takes on Mexican icons at Taco Cabana and Dickey’s; Jack in the Box and Wings Over spin chicken sandwiches; and winter flavors stand out across the board.

Taste Tracker: IHOP does breakfast to go; celebrate the Mexican way at Fuzzy’s, Torchy’s and Miguel’s Jr.; Chili’s mixes up seasonal sips and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Carrabba’s Italian spin on comfort; hearty Mexican fare at Abuelo’s and Taco John’s; Smashburger partners with Rick Bayless; and holiday-ready sweet treats.

Taste Tracker: TGI Fridays’ seasonal cocktails; Chopt goes to Mexico and Del Taco does tamales; Smashburger and Main Event shake things up; plants, burgers, chicken and pizza continue to trend.

Mendocino Farms and Rush Bowls launch new items; chicken sandwiches keep on coming at Jollibee and Jack in the Box; Panera layers carbs on carbs; and comfort foods take on fall flavors.

Taste tracker: Panda Express has a chicken sandwich and nuggets rule at Pokemoto; guac goes Japanese at Jinya; chains celebrate cheeseburgers; queso at Einstein Bros. and more.

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