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: Del Taco, Culver's are ready for Lent and Cracker Barrel turns pancakes into tacos

Smashburger stacks a burger with mac ‘n cheese; Genghis Grill fills bowls with value; sweet and salty pair up at Krispy Kreme; and more menu news of the week.


Taste Tracker: White Castle spices up nibblers, Einstein Bros. does brunch and Philly flavor hits Hardees

Menus get sweet, savory and spicy at Shake Shack, Tim Horton’s, Taziki’s, Dickey’s and more to wake up winter-weary taste buds.

V-Day specials also trend at Firebirds, Playa Bowls, Mountain Mike’s and Papa Murphy’s; Razzoo’s celebrates crawfish while Quiznos and O’Charleys do lobster; and more menu news of the week.

Taco Cabana, Tijuana Flats, Fuzzy’s and Taco del Mar make Mexican menu news; healthy twists at Newks and Garbanzo; and Insomnia Cookies gets ready for V-Day.

LTOs spotlighting sandwiches, bowls, chicken and shakes roll out at Sweetgreen, Mendocino Farms, Bob Evans, Just Salad, Burgerville and more.

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.

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.

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