Menu news of the week: Dec. 9, 2019

Food and drink menus with a holiday theme were trending this week. Also new are seasonal items focusing on seafood. Here’s a roundup of menu activity for this week.
Photograph courtesy of Mimi’s Bistro & Bakery

Hard Rock Cafe debuted an indulgent menu to coincide with the holiday season. On offer are Hard Rock’s limited-time holiday dessert menu, spotlighting the all-new Winter White Shake, a blend of bourbon and vanilla bean ice cream, white chocolate and a hint of sweet mint. The shake is finished with white chocolate whipped cream, fresh mint and crushed candy canes. Other LTO treats include the Bananas Foster Sundae and Espresso Martini.

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Photograph courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe

Mimi’s Bistro & Bakery is offering customers a low-stress way to celebrate the holidays in a traditional style with its Holiday Take-Home Feast. The $104.99 package, which serves eight to 10 people, includes sliced smoked ham with orange-Dijon glaze, whipped mashed potatoes, candied mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, spinach and strawberry salad, housemade gravy and two carrot-raisin nut loaves. For dessert there are two pies: pumpkin and pecan.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is promoting its new chef recommendations for the holiday month of December. The festive items include a duo of Lobster-Crusted Filet Medallions with cremini mushrooms, Filet Medallions & Parmesan-Crusted Lobster Tail, and Mary’s Potatoes, Grilled Broccoli and Burnt Lemon. An Asian-inspired lunch item is also available: Thai Shrimp & Scallops with blistered green beans, shiitake mushrooms, grape tomatoes, Thai lemongrass sauce and ginger rice.

P.F. Chang’s holiday menu takes a pan-Asian route. Specials include Spicy Miso Ramen, Tonkotsu Ramen, Korean Bulgogi Steak and Bao Donuts. Even the Tiramisu gets an Asian accent, with its Vietnamese coffee-dipped ladyfingers.

Gott’s Roadside in Northern California emphasizes locally sourced ingredients on its fast-casual menu. Seasonal LTOs include a Dungeness Crab Sandwich on toasted brioche with housemade lemon mayo, Dungeness Crab & Bay Shrimp Louie with avocado and New England Clam Chowder. The sweet of the month is a Peanut Butter & Chocolate Shake.

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Photograph courtesy of Gott's Roadside

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