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.


At Culver's, Church's and Mooyah it's time for treats

Taste Tracker: Twists on classics at Taco Cabana and Taco John’s; Blank Street and Big Ass Coffee chill out; lighter lunch pairings for Anthony’s; and more menu news of the week.


Summer menu activity accelerates at Jack in the Box, Sweetgreen and Noodles & Co.

Wendy’s brings back strawberries; Cicis does deep dish; lobster returns to Ninety Nine and Taco del Mar; and more menu news of the week.

Velvet Taco does breakfast; McAlister’s debuts four LTOs; Taziki’s goes for heat; and summer refreshers roll out at Haagen-Dazs and Sonic.

Taste Tracker: Fresh spins on smoothies and shakes at The Habit Burger Grill, Smoothie King and Playa Bowls; Tim Horton’s revs up an energy drink; and salads and value meals headline menus.

Taste Tracker: CPK sells salad dressings; Arby’s elevates a burger and fries; fan fave doughnuts return to Krispy Kreme; a giant pizza comes to Cici’s; and more menu news of the week.

White Castle and Krystal celebrate sliders; Schlotzsky’s spices up bread; Pepe’s and Mountain Mike’s riff on pizza; and more menu news of the week.

Meal deals at Noodles & Co., TGI Fridays, Long John Silver’s and Cotton Patch; BJ’s and Pinkbox offer Mother’s Day specials; and Sonic, Friendly’s, P.J.’s and more make menu news this week.

Mother’s Day rocks at Cracker Barrel and Bonefish; Black Bear Diner and Charleys get cheesy; Another Broken Egg kicks off summer; and top menu news from Jimmy John’s, Baskin-Robbins and more.

Taste Tracker: Pei Wei does nachos; cookies fill doughnuts at Krispy Kreme; Biscuitville and Toasted Yolk innovate breakfast; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Taco Bell goes big on breakfast; White Castle turns up the heat; Newk’s gets into the spring spirit; and desserts, bowls and brunch make menu news.

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