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As menu prices rise at fast-food restaurants, customers are looking to convenience stores for meal deals.

Marketing Bites: McDonald’s has teamed up with Kerwin Frost to launch new limited edition adult happy meals. Dunkin’ and Martha Stewart launch martini glasses. And Kura Sushi introduces a new Bikkura Pon prize collection

The Bottom Line: In a world of digital orders and drive-thrus, friendly service actually matters more than speed.

Taste Tracker: Krispy Kreme rushes into Christmas; cocktails make a splash at Bonefish and Ted’s Montana Grill; comfort foods rule at Tender Greens; and wings take flight at Pei Wei.