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 available for a limited time. (Please note that some items are only available at participating locations.)
S’mores Frappuccino, Starbucks(Credit: Starbucks)
As warm-weather invites thoughts of iced beverages, Starbucks offers a s’mores Frappuccino. The blended drink includes milk and coffee topped with marshmallow whipped cream and crumbled graham crackers.
Chicken artichoke panini, Starbucks(Credit: Starbucks)
The chicken artichoke panini at Starbucks, served on flatbread, includes grilled chicken breast, a sun-dried tomato pesto and provolone cheese. Launched April 28.
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.
Caramel macchiato, Dunkin' Donuts(Credit: Dunkin' Donuts)
Dunkin' Donuts is offering two exclusive drinks to participating Long Island locations: a caramel macchiato (pictured) and Americano latte. According to a press release from the company, "These beverages are part of a brand test on Long Island where residents have the option of ordering hot or iced depending on their preference."
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, White Castle(Credit: Newsday / Rebecca Cooney)
White Castle is serving veggie sliders. 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.
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.