Food trends and recipes to keep menus fresh


How Panera's New Era goes way beyond the menu

The menu transformation is exceeding expectations, but the brand has been in headlines for lots of other reasons. EVP and COO Debbie Roberts takes on questions about the test of par-baked bread, dough facility closures, the data breach and more.


The humble carrot takes center stage on menus

Nancy Kruse: RB's restaurant menu trends columnist dishes on the carrot, which is inexpensive, readily available and versatile.

Taste Tracker: Beverages make a splash at Juice It Up, Sip Fresh and Snooze; sandwiches soar at Denny’s, Shipley Donuts and Togo’s; Dave’s Hot Chicken and Burgerville shake it up; and more menu moves of the week.

C-stores are embracing their position as an affordable alternative to restaurant food, offering things like Spam, meal bundles and $6 burrito bowls.

Jalapeño Ranch Nacho Fries make their debut at the Mexican restaurant chain along with a 30-day $10 subscription for rewards members.

Menu Talk: Pat and Bret introduce listeners to “population wheat,” chat about cooking in a China box and hear from Mindy Armstrong about the evolution of family dining at Perkins and Huddle House.

Taste Tracker: Popeyes goes all in on boneless; World Burger Tour comes to Hard Rock; Taco Cabana hosts street food fest; Starbucks energizes its beverage lineup; and more menu news of the week.

The fast-food chain bestows a gift on fans with the return of a favorite side.

The athletes also star in the chain’s latest “Unwrapped” video series. Plus, Chipotle is serving gold foil-wrapped burritos starting July 25 to kick off the Summer Olympics.

The fast casual's ongoing menu transformation continues this week with new breakfast items, including CinnaScrambles with egg, cheese and sausage on a cinnamon roll.

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