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Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh


September brings a flurry of activity to chain menus

Taste Tracker: Chick-fil-A wakes up its coffee lineup, El Pollo Loco launches diversity burritos and Habit Burger Grill goes Italian


Embracing plant-based proteins allows operators to attract new patrons with elevated menu options

At a time when the foodservice industry is pivoting to counteract the world’s health crisis, menu innovation and addressing the evolving demands of today’s consumer are more vital than ever.

With the pandemic making off-premise sales the primary way—if not the only way—for restaurants to continue service, many consumers have increased their volume of takeout orders.

The latest to-go meals, kits and menu items tie into a favorite sports fan activity.

The fast casual is launching Collections, a selection of curated, digital-only menu offerings designed to get diners to veer from their go-to dishes.

The Mediterranean chain is the first national restaurant operator to offer RightRice, which is made with lentils, chickpeas, green peas and a small amount of rice.

The casual-dining chain is ramping up R&D to set its wings soaring above the rest.

Taste Tracker: Bacon sizzles at Nathan’s, Moe’s supersizes a burrito and Golden Chick celebrates state fairs.

As operators continue to optimize menus for off-premise, family meals have provided new opportunity.

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