Menu news of the week: Nov. 11, 2019

Chefs and R&D teams are launching new menu items at a fast clip. The quick-service segment has been especially active of late. Here’s a roundup of the most recent introductions and menu news at QSRs and fast casuals.
NY Cheesesteak
Photograph courtesy of Nathan’s Famous

Nathan’s Famous teamed up with another New York City icon, premium meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda, to launch Nathan’s New York Cheesesteak. The sandwich is made with a half-pound of LaFrieda’s black angus ribeye, caramelized onions, LaFrieda’s Butcher Reserve Steak Sauce and American cheese on an artisan baguette. Initially, the sandwich will be available in the tri-state area, with an eventual rollout nationwide.

White Castle is bringing back Sloppy Joe Sliders, Mac & Cheese Nibblers and Corn Dog Nibblers, snackable items that fit with the season. The chain contends that these comfort-food favorites help chase away winter chills. 

all-nighter bagel

Photograph courtesy of Einstein Bros. Bagels

Einstein Bros. Bagels is hitting the late-night crowd with a hearty breakfast sandwich that first debuted in Las Vegas. The All-Nighter, now expanding to locations across the U.S., is a layering of eggs, bacon, American cheese and jalapeno garlic aioli on a fresh-baked Cheesy Hash Brown Gourmet Bagel.

Sonic Drive-In introduced four new items. On the sandwich front is the Patty Melt, featuring a quarter-pound beef patty topped with mustard, mayo, grilled onions and American cheese on Texas toast. Sonic’s Bacon Mac & Cheese Bites and Chili Cheese Bites adapt to snacking and portable sides, and Cold Brew Iced Coffee comes in two flavors for customers who crave icy beverages even in cold weather.

Johnny Rockets is also targeting snackers with its new Crispy Cheddar Bites served with ranch dressing. Also on the seasonal menu are a Three Cheese Burger topped with American, Swiss and cheddar, bacon and grilled onions on a brioche bun, a Three Cheese Grilled Chicken Sandwich and shakes in three new flavors: Strawberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Hazelnut and Extreme Double Chocolate Brownie.

Slim Chickens debuted Tender Mac Bowls as a limited-time offer. The macaroni-and-cheese-based bowls come in two versions. One is topped with original chicken tenders covered with a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, and the other is topped with Buffalo and cayenne ranch tenders, with fried onions, green onions and cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses completing the bowl.

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