1. Edibles or recyclables?
The name alone is a grabber: Jalapeno Bottle Caps. Are they a recycling effort or are they actually edible? Fuzzy’s Taco Shop introduced these battered and fried fresh jalapeno slices as a limited-time appetizer for $3.99. They’re served in a basket with housemade avocado ranch dressing for dipping.
2. A local specialty made with sweet potato sauce
Another wacky name comes along with one of Biscuitville’s latest items: the Cackalacky Chop Sandwich. The Southern chain is expanding its lunch menu by highlighting local products. The pork chop recipe includes Cackalacky Cheerwine spice sauce, which combines two local specialties: a spicy sauce made from sweet potatoes, and Cheerwine, an original soda pop of the South.
3. Korean version of meatballs
Korean BBQ Meatballs, a new item from Noodles & Company, put an emerging Asian cuisine smack in the middle of the popular meatball. Noodles harnessed the sweet-spicy heat of gochujang—what many trend watchers are calling the next Sriracha—to create the meatball sauce. It’s the first launch in the chain’s Asian exploration promotion.
5. Beans and an ancient grain figure into another fast-casual menu
The Italian lupini bean—a new ingredient in the fast-casual kitchen—stars in a new vegetarian salad at Zoes Kitchen. The protein-rich legume adds a nutritional boost to the plant-based entree, which also includes farro, zucchini ribbons, spinach and tomatoes.