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Mellow Mushroom

Food

New menu launches run the gamut

From date night dinners to family meals and sweets, restaurants innovate to lure customers.

Top 500 Chains

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Get Top 500 data: sales, units and YOY change, average unit volume, and company/franchise units, as well as Technomic’s analysis, growth forecast and more.

Darden Restaurants dominated TripAdvisor’s list of the best-reviewed small and medium-sized chains.

Consumers give high marks to six chains that differentiate the menu and experience.

Fortunately for adventuresome cooks, France produces more cheeses than there are days in the year—from fresh to aged, soft to hard, bloomy rinds to washed rinds to triple crèmes to blues. To invigorate your kitchen, take the tour de fromage and elevate your French cheese IQ.

More than half of the restaurant industry’s $491 billion in sales come from the Top 500 chains. And these giants grew at a modestly stronger rate, both in terms of sales and store counts, than the industry overall. Restaurant Business focused on the leading 250 performers to identify trends for our first-ever special report delivering lessons from Technomic’s annual Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report. This special package includes lessons for all operators from the largest chains by segment, menu category and more.

The psychedelic-themed pizza chain recently launched a “skinny” menu

The potato has been bashed more often than mashed these last couple of years, as carbohydrate-phobic Americans pushed spuds off their plates and consumption took a nosedive.

Soy sauce is both remarkably complex and extraordinarily simple: complex because it contains more than 300 individual flavor components and amino acids that give it a distinctive flavor and bouquet; and simple because it is made from just four ingredients—water, wheat, soybeans and salt—transformed through fermentation.

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