Plus innovation from Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, Bartaco, Black Bear Diner, Bob Evans, Charley’s Philly Steaks, El Pollo Loco, Hooters, Insomnia Cookies, Jamba, Mendocino Farms, Starbird Chicken, Taco Cabana, Taco John’s, Tacodeli, Tim Hortons, Velvet Taco, Voodoo Donut and Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade
El Pollo Loco claims it’s the first fast-food chain to offer the hottest Mexican cuisine these days: Birria. Stewed meat served with meat broth for drinking or dipping can now be consumed at the chain known for its grilled chicken.
It’s, in fact, a big week for chicken: Chipotle Mexican Grill rolled out its first new chicken product in decades, first tested in November 2021, in the form of “pollo asada” – at marinated and grilled chicken base carne asada, normally made from beef. Taco John’s is also bringing back its Chicken Quesadilla Taco and Starbird has a new non-Szechuan sauce for its chicken, available as a sandwich or taco.
Noodles & Company, meanwhile, is testing a vegan chicken substitute, made by Impossible Foods. Mendocino Farms offers a new vegan burrito made with real vegetables, and Tacodeli offers a vegan chorizo made with cauliflower and nuts.
Many chains celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, of course, including Black Bear Diner, Hooters, Insomnia Cookies, Tim Hortons, Velvet Taco, Voodoo Donut, and Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade.
Denny’s rolled out some menu items marketed by social media influencers, Jamba brought back its Electric Berry Lemonade smoothie and Taco Cabana has a new line of burritos.
Bartaco continues its five-week celebration of Margaritas, Charley’s Philly Steaks has a Tex-Mex special, Bad Ass Coffee of Hawaii, which is counterintuitively based in Denver, nevertheless has an island-inspired drink, and Bob Evans shows where the High-protein trend meets family meals with a bowl of bacon, ham, eggs and more.
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