New offerings at chain restaurants
It sometimes seems like the fast-food and fast-casual restaurants of the world are one step ahead, anticipating our cravings before we even know we have them. Here are some new offerings, some for a limited time.
Boston Market's slow-braised pulled pork(Credit: Boston Market)
Boston Market now serves slow-braised pulled pork, topped with either sweet barbecue or garlic citrus sauce. It’s available as a meal or sandwich.
Red Lobster's Create Your Own Seafood Trio(Credit: Red Lobster)
In April, Red Lobster launched its create your own seafood trio promotion. For $15.99, diners can select a combination of pasta, shrimp and grilled dishes, including lobster Alfredo, soy-ginger salmon and maple-glazed chicken.
Biscuit Taco(Credit: Taco Bell)
Taco Bell is set to release the biscuit taco as part of its breakfast menu. The taco shell-shaped biscuit sandwich is available in four different options, including bacon, egg and cheese and crispy chicken with jalapeño honey.
Veggie sliders(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)
White Castle started serving veggie sliders at their restaurants on Dec. 30, 2014. The mini burgers are made by Dr. Praeger’s, a brand you’ll find in supermarket freezers nationwide. The patties, studded with peas, carrots, corn and spinach, are served on little buns and topped with a choice of sauce: ranch, honey mustard or sweet Thai.
Yumbo(Credit: Burger King)
This Burger King sandwich, which originally debuted in the '70s, is making its return. With ham, American cheese, lettuce and mayo on a toasted hoagie bun, it could be your new favorite lunch.
Korean barbecue pizza(Credit: CPK)
Buy California Pizza Kitchen's new Korean barbecue pizza — a winning entree from TNT's "On the Menu" — and a dollar goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Pulled pork trio(Credit: Wendy's)
Wendy's has added a trio of pulled pork items to its menu: a pulled pork sandwich, cheeseburger and fries.
Cross-cut ribs(Credit: Applebee's)
The cross-cut pork ribs at Applebee's come with your choice of sauces: sweet Asian chile, smoky chipotle or classic barbecue.
Old-fashioned grilled cheese and turkey pesto panini(Credit: Starbucks)
Two new sandwiches joined the lunchtime offerings at select Starbucks: the old-fashioned grilled cheese and turkey pesto panini.
Fizzio handcrafted sodas(Credit: Starbucks)
Get sodas made to order at Starbucks (select locations) in three flavors: spiced root beer, golden ginger ale and lemon ale. The drink includes cane sugar; a 16-ounce serving clocks in at 100 calories.
Pretzel bacon cheeseburger and pub chicken sandwich(Credit: Wendy's)
Wendy's says that more than 50 million pretzel sandwiches were purchased from North American locations in 2013, so the fast-food chain reintroduced them in July 2014. Look for the pretzel bacon cheeseburger (with cheddar cheese sauce and honey mustard) and pretzel pub chicken sandwich (with Muenster cheese) through the summer.
Mix-and-match fajitas(Credit: Chili's)
Chili's mix-and-match fajitas let you pick your protein — pork, chicken (pictured), shrimp or steak — that gets joined by bell peppers and caramelized onions, plus your choice of flour or corn tortillas.
Spicy chicken Cool Ranch taco(Credit: Taco Bell)
Taco Bell has added another item to its Doritos taco shell line: the spicy chicken Cool Ranch taco.
Vanilla Dr. Pepper float freeze(Credit: Taco Bell)
Prepare for a brain freeze with Taco Bell's new vanilla Dr. Pepper float freeze.
Quesarito(Credit: Taco Bell)
It's a burrito, plus a quesadilla. Whatever the math, you'll find ground beef, rice, chipotle sauce, sour cream and cheese in this Taco Bell creation.