Popeyes, Cicis and Elevation Burger riff on flavor

Taste Tracker: Ruth’s Chris pairs up favorites; Newk’s menu gets meatier; bundles for football fans at Bar Louie; and more menu news of the week.
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Halloween is almost behind us and while some restaurants are already posting holiday menus, others are not quite there yet.

At Bar Louie, football season is still in full gear on the menu. A tailgate bundle of appetizers and beer is available, with three shareable starters going for $35. The choices include Bavarian pretzels, fried cheese curds, spinach artichoke dip, pepperoni flatbread and boneless wings.

Popeyes’ iconic chicken sandwich has morphed into an LTO called the Spicy Truff Chicken Sandwich. The crispy chicken fillet is topped with Truff’s spicy mayo, a condiment that blends red jalapenos, black winter truffle and mayo. And pizza flaunts a unique flavor at Cicis, where new Tots N’ Bacon Pizza made its debut. Crispy tots and smoky bacon are baked into the cheesy topping.

It's Hatch green chili season in New Mexico, and Elevation Burger is celebrating with its latest limited-edition burger. The build features a beef patty layered with the roasted chilies, bacon, lettuce, tomato, melted cheddar and mayo on a potato bun. It’s also a meaty time of year at Newk’s Eatery, with an Italian Chopped Salad, Meat Deluxe Pizza, French Dip Sandwich and Roast Beef & Horseradish Sandwich all joining the menu.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is naturally making the most of its meat selection, with a Filet & Cabernet Pairing. For $38, guests get a 6-ounce filet topped with shrimp with a glass of Cabernet Sauvigon. A seasonal cocktail is on offer, too—the Fireside Old Fashioned Cocktail. It’s a blend of small batch bourbon, demerara syrup, Amaro, and angostura and chocolate bitters.

Tacos are seeing a bit of menu action this month, with Lime Fresh and 4 Rivers Smokehouse teaming up on a Pork Pepper Guava Taco made with pulled pork, shredded napa cabbage, black pepper guava barbecue sauce, pickled red onions and cilantro. Grill Melts are taking on the menu at California Tortilla. The hybrid taco-grilled cheese sandwich comes in three variations: Sunset Chicken, BBQ Pork and Nacho Taco. Meanwhile, Taco del Mar is turning the heat up  with its latest limited-time protein: Blazing Scorpion Chicken. The pulled chicken is flavored with fiery Tabasco Scorpion Sauce and can be ordered in a bowl, taco or burrito.

Nothing Bundt Cakes is taking a last shot at Halloween with its new bundtlet packed with Reese’s pieces. The downsized cake is available through Nov. 5 for those who didn’t get their fill of trick-or-treat candy.

But some chains are getting an early start on the winter holiday season. Cowboy Chicken has a new Gobbler Sandwich, which layers all the flavors of Thanksgiving—turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and more— on a brioche bun. There are also Turkey Plates and Packages for holiday gatherings, while Andy’s Frozen Custard is serving up Pumpkin Pie Concretes and Apple Pie Sundaes. And GhirardelliChocolate Shops is getting into the spirit with a Peppermint Bark Hot Fudge Sundae and Peppermint Bark Cocoa. Look for much more to come in the weeks ahead!

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