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.


Menu innovation revs up at Subway, Portillo's and Outback

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.


CPK, El Pollo Loco and Perkins bring back guest favorites

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.

Taste Tracker: Firehouse, Veggie Grill and Potbelly spotlight new sandwiches; fresh bowls spring up at Pokeworks and Smoothie King; True Foods updates its lineup; and inventive drinks refresh menus.

Subway celebrates pickleball while Qdoba is into National Burrito Day; Fazoli’s launches hot subs; Shake Shack makes room for ‘shrooms; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Springtime bowls trend at Genghis Grill and Just Salad; Cicis cranks up sweet heat; Mooyah shakes up cereal; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Chicken flocks to Taco John’s and Nextbite; Easter specials at Bob Evans and Metro Diner; Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf goes to the tropics; and more menu news of the week.

Taste Tracker: Starbucks spices up spring; St. Pat’s specials at Dog Haus and Zaxby’s; Easter on order from Cotton Patch; and more menu news of the week.

Cracker Barrel gets fresh with strawberries; Panda Express sizzles with shrimp; Krystal pairs chicken and donuts (sort of); and more menu news of the week.

Red Robin goes sweet and savory; Sonic has new tots; Dunkin’ welcomes Spring; and Roy Rogers, Long John Silver’s and Golden Chick add seafood specials.

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