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.


Taste Tracker: Veggie Grill gets saucy, Carl’s Jr. does a wine pairing and Pizza Hut goes retro

Bad Daddy’s, Hurricane Grill and Bonefish cozy up to winter; a shake to celebrate Lunar New Year at Black Tap; burger news for Wayback and chicken at Smashburger; and more menu updates of the week.


Taste Tracker: Starbucks, Popeyes and Habit Burger Grill double up on flavor

IHOP turns fruity; Pokeworks gets toasty; Donatos goes smoky; Red Lobster pairs up; and a bunch of new menu items rush out of the pipeline this week.

El Pollo Loco fills burritos; Wings Etc. taps cauliflower; Velvet Taco goes Italian; and more menu news of the week.

Metro Diner’s heat-and-serve dinners; Velvet Taco wraps chicken pot pie in a tortilla; The Dolly Llama does a Christmas waffle; and other top menu news of the week.

Cake love at Mod Pizza and Baskin-Robbins; Smokey Bones mixes up colorful cocktails; holiday feasting at Firebirds; and plenty of peppermint menu news.

Festive drinks from Bad Ass Coffee; Hard Rock’s World Cup burger; Taziki’s dessert mashup; and more menu news of the week.

Holiday beverages continue to trend at Smashburger and Ziggi’s; Bad Daddy’s does a hangover burger; Toasted Yolk offers savories and sweets; and more menu news of the week.

Black Bear adds six dinner combos; Thankgsiving at Velvet Taco; Lazy Dog builds a gingerbread house; and more menu news of the week.

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

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