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Menu Tracker: New Items from Arby’s, Popeyes, and Starbucks


Plus innovation at Andy’s Frozen Custard, , Beans & Brews Coffeehouse, Biggby Coffee, Buffalo’s Café, California Pizza Kitchen, Caribou Coffee, Carl’s Jr., Carvel, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Del Taco, Dig, Domino’s , Dutch Bros, Farmer Boys , First Watch, Flying Biscuit Café, Hurricane Grill & Wings, Insomnia Cookies, Krispy Kreme, La Madeleine, Native Grill & Wings, Norms, Nothing Bundt Cakes, O’Charley’s Restaurant and Bar, Peet’s Coffee, Scooter’s Coffee, Sonic Drive-In, Starbucks , Sweetgreen, Tacodeli, Tim Hortons, Twin Peaks, and Velvet Taco.

Both Popeyes and Arby’s have new sweet & spicy wings. Well, sort of: Arby’s wings are boneless, which I know we’ve all come to accept as an option for wings, but we also know that boneless wings are, in fact, chicken breast.

There are also new wings at sister chains Native Wings & Grill and Hurricane Grill & Wings, but their other sibling, Buffalo’s Café, has new ribs instead.

Twin Peaks doesn’t have new wings per se, but it does have a new sauce for them, which the chain claims is so spicy that its name is censored.

Speaking of spiciness, early autumn is pepper season, and Carl’s Jr. is anticipating that with a new burger that has a whole charred chile on it.

Del Taco, on the other hand, is leaning into brisket and Dig reminds us that we’re still very much in summer with its new watermelon side.

Krispy Kreme, for its part, has a strawberry glaze, and Insomnia Cookies has blueberry pancake ice cream.

Farmer Boys has a new chicken strips meal, and Velvet Taco has a meal featuring rotisserie chicken.

Sonic Drive-In has a new sandwich that is both a burger and a grilled cheese sandwich.

Sweetgreen has launched an early fall menu that includes an Italian chopped salad, and California Pizza Kitchen has brought back its old Italian Chopped Salad after its customers disapproved of the reformulated one.

Norms has an early fall menu with no new salads.

Domino’s has new pepperoni cheesy bread, Flying Biscuit Café has stuffed French Toast, and O’Charley’s has some new shrimp dishes available only on the weekend.

Tacodeli has a new blondie, Nothing Bundt Cakes has a dessert with Oreo cookies, and Andy’s Frozen Custard has a dessert based on a cannoli, except that it’s custard.

Dutch Bros has a new energy drink.

Are there any new pumpkin spice items? Why yes there are, from Beans & Brews Coffeehouse, Biggby Coffee, Caribou Coffee, Carvel, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, First Watch, La Madeleine, Peet’s Coffee, Scooter’s Coffee, and Tim Hortons. Oh yeah; also the chain that started it all: Starbucks.

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