Food

Festive drinks, holiday foods and global flavors fill post-Thanksgiving menus

Taste Tracker: TGI Fridays’ seasonal cocktails; Chopt goes to Mexico and Del Taco does tamales; Smashburger and Main Event shake things up; plants, burgers, chicken and pizza continue to trend.
Photograph courtesy Krystal

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