All the New Menu Items at Your Favorite Chain Restaurants and Fast Food Joints

Order up! Baskin-Robbins, Papa Johns, Jamba and more have exciting offerings to dig into

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Papa Johns: OREO Cookie Papa Bites

OREO Cookie Papa Bites
Papa Johns

Papa Johns is teaming up with OREO for a sweet new treat. Widely available on Dec. 26, the OREO Cookie Papa Bites are made of the pizza chain's fresh dough, stuffed with "chocolatey cookie crumbles" and served with a side of icing.

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Baskin-Robbins: Brrr the Snowman Cake


This December, Baskin-Robbins is taking inspiration from the holidays for their flavor of the month. Their new peppermint ice cream is not only brimming with peppermint flavor, but it's also packed with crushed peppermint candies. For a richer holiday experience, customers can try the peppermint cocoa shake that blends the flavor of the month with milk and chocolate syrup.

The chain is also bringing back a customer favorite: Brrr the Snowman Cake. This tasty treat features a carrot nose made from icing, tree branch arms, and a button smile made from fudge.

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Dairy Queen: Frosted Sugar Cookie Blizzard

Dairy Queen holiday menu
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen's frosted sugar cookie Blizzard is December's special flavor, made with chewy sugar cookie bites, icing and festive sprinkles blended throughout for a sugary sweet treat designed for the season. They're also bringing back the candy cane chill Blizzard featuring candy cane pieces and chocolate chunks blended into their classic vanilla soft serve for even more festive fun.

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Popeyes: Blackened Chicken Sandwich

Popeyes chicken sandwich

After breaking the internet with their chicken sandwich in August 2019, the chicken chain decided to up its game one more time with the new blackened chicken sandwich. Popeyes new creation is breading free — instead, whole-chicken breasts get marinated for 12 hours before being sandwiched between a brioche bun.

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Wendy's: Peppermint Frosty

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At Wendy's, there is no classic pairing for fries quite like a Frosty. After adding a strawberry Frosty this summer, the fast food company looked to the holidays for new flavor ideas. In November, Wendy's introduced the limited time Peppermint Frosty. This seasonal specialty is as thick and creamy as the original, so fans can rejoice as they dive into this winter treat.

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Sonic: Steak Butter Bacon Cheeseburger

new fast food items

Anybody looking for decadence will be able to find it at Sonic. Inspired by the big cuts of meat that are basted in unctuous, seasoned butter served at steakhouses, the iconic drive-in restaurant created the brand new Steak Butter Bacon Cheeseburger. Burger patties are slathered in a steakhouse butter seasoned with a mixture of garlic, black pepper, red pepper and dill before getting all the classic burger accouterments, like bacon, grilled onions and lots of cheese.

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Dunkin Donuts: Cookie Butter Cold Brew and Cookie Butter Donut

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There is truly nothing quite like a holiday cookie exchange, and Dunkin' is celebrating the season with some new cookie butter creations. Their new cookie butter cold brew is slow-steeped like their classic cold brews and then topped with a cookie butter cold foam to add some warm holiday spice to the iced coffee. Customers with a real cookie craving can even opt in for a cookie butter donut for an extra dose of sweetness.

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Wendy's: Italian Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich

new fast food items

Just before Thanksgiving, Wendy's decided to drop this Italian take on the chicken sandwich. It features the fast food restaurant's classic breaded crispy chicken breast, topped with a slice of asiago. The twist comes with all the toppings: a crispy, fried brick of mozzarella cheese and a dollop of marinara sauce. Instead of the classic bun, this sandwich is featured on an all new garlic knot bun. The chain also released a burger version and garlic fries to pair it with.

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Baskin-Robbins: Cookie Butter Ice Cream

Baskin-Robbins Turkey Cake

Starting Nov. 1, Baskin-Robbins will offer a new flavor of the month: cookie butter! The rich treat is made with cookie butter and vanilla ice creams blended with cookie butter swirls and Speculoos-inspired chunks.

The brand's fan-favorite turkey cake is also coming back on Nov. 1. Made with caramel praline glaze and sugar cone legs, the seasonal treat can be customized with any ice cream flavor.

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Pizza Hut: Melts

Pizza Hut New Menu Item
Courtesy of Pizza Hut

We won't judge if you order a whole pizza pie just for yourself but Pizza Hut has a delicious alternative: Melts. Their new single-serve dish ($7) is made with two slices folded over to create a crossover between a calzone and a quesadilla. All four different flavors — pepperoni lovers, buffalo chicken, chicken bacon parmesan and meat lovers — come with their own dipping sauces.

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Burger King: Ghost Pepper Whopper

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Burger King is getting into the Halloween spirit! Available starting Oct. 10, the Ghost Pepper Whopper combines a beef patty, spicy queso, crispy jalapeños, bacon, ghost pepper cheese and an orange and black sesame seed bun.

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Carvel: Reese's & Kit Kat Sundaes

Carvel soft serve
Courtesy of Carvel

The ice cream chain has a sweet treat for Reese's and Kit Kat fans. Reese's Peanut Butter soft serve, crushed Reese's peanut butter cups, Kit Kat pieces and more are all joining Carvel's extensive dessert and topping lineup. Customers can order the new additions in shakes, scoops, soft serve, Flying Saucers and sundaes.

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KFC: Kentucky Fried Chicken Wraps

KFC Wrap
Courtesy of KFC

Fried chicken fans in Atlanta are in for a hand-held treat! For a limited time, the chain is offering three versions of its Kentucky fried chicken wraps and each one is loaded with toppings. The classic chicken wrap combines chicken tenders, pickles and mayonnaise, the mac & cheese chicken wrap adds macaroni and cheese to chicken tenders and the spicy slaw chicken wrap packs chicken tenders, coleslaw, spicy sauce and pickles.

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Sonic: Fried Cookie Dough Bites

Sonic fried cookie dough

The drive-in spot is dishing out two bite-sized snacks for customers to enjoy on-the-go. From Sept. 26 through Nov. 27, the brand is bringing back their broccoli cheddar tots and adding fried cookie dough bites to the menu.

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Taco Bell: Beyond Carne Asada Steak

Taco Bell Beyond Carne Asana steak
Taco Bell

Vegetarian Taco Bell fans in Ohio are in for a treat. Starting on Oct. 13, the Dayton location will offer Beyond carne asada steak. During the limited-time trial, the meat substitute will be offered in a quesadilla or as a customization for any menu item.

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Krispy Kreme: ChurrDough Donuts

Krispy Kreme new menu items
Courtesy Krispy Kreme

Step aside, cronuts, there's a new donut hybrid on the market! Krispy Kreme is now selling "churrdoughs" in three flavors: cinnamon sugar, cookies and creme, and dulce de leche. Act fast, because they are only available until Sept. 18.

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Panda Express: Beyond Meat Orange Chicken

panda express beyond chicken
Panda Express

After massive success in the 2021 launch, Beyond Meat orange chicken is back! The brand promises the returning item has the same crunch and flavor of the original orange chicken but just with a plant-based protein instead.

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McDonald's: Cheese Danish

McDonald's Cheese Danish
Courtesy McDonald's

Starting on Sept. 14, the McCafé Bakery line gets a blast from the past as the brand brings back the cheese danish. The sweet cream cheese-filled, streusel-topped pastry was first introduced to McDonald's customers in the '80s but is back at participating locations across the country.

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The Cheesecake Factory: Street Corn

Cheesecake Factory
Cheesecake Factory

It's corn! Corn is having a moment (thanks to a viral TikTok of a kid professing his love for the vegetable) and the Cheesecake Factory is getting on board. In an update to their menu, the chain added street corn, which comes covered in parmesan, chile-lime mayonnaise, and cilantro, along with other dishes like cacio e pepe flatbread, spicy tuna on crispy rice, and bacon and avocado eggs Benedict.

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Panera: Cinnamon Crunch Latte

panera bread
Panera Bread

The bakery chain has the solution for anyone suffering from pumpkin spice latte fatigue: a cinnamon crunch latte! The returning drink combines espresso, foamed milk, cinnamon-flavored syrup, whipped cream and Panera's cinnamon crunch topping (which can also be found on their cinnamon crunch bagel). Select cafes will serve the beverage on Aug. 25 but it will become nationally available on Sept. 1.

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Jamba: Strawberry and Tapioca Boba

Jamba Juice Boba

Starting on Sept. 6, bubble tea fanatics can head to the smoothie spot for their boba fill! Customers can add either strawberry bursting boba or sweet tapioca boba pearls to all smoothies, bowls and iced beverages. Can't decide how you want to customize your boba order? Then check out the boba favorites menu on the Jamba app for inspiration on combinations.

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Wendy's: Homestyle French Toast Sticks

Wendy's homestyle fries

Take a bite of nostalgia with this classic breakfast option. Available in a pack of four or six, Wendy's homestyle French toast sticks offer a crispy outside and custardy inside.

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Popeye's: Banana Cream Cake

Popeyes New Menu Items

Fans are going to go bananas for Popeye's newest dessert! Vanilla cake is topped with whipped banana cream and wafer crumbs for a sweet treat. The southern-style chain is also bringing back their chocolate beignets, a pastry filled with Hershey's chocolate and coated in powdered sugar.

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Taco Bell × Milk Bar: Strawberry Bell Truffle

Taco Bell x Milk
Taco Bell x Milk

From Aug. 4 to Aug. 16, the two iconic brands are collaborating on a sweet summer treat. The Strawberry Bell Truffle ($2.99) is comprised of vanilla cake with strawberry pieces and soaked in strawberry milk. Inside the cake is a sweet corn fudge center. and the outside is a strawberry and sweet corn cake coating. Naturally, part of the crispy outer coating is made with Taco Bell's crunchy taco shell.

The extremely limited-edition item is available in packs of two truffles and sold at only one Taco Bell restaurant in Orange County, Calif. and at two of Milk Bar's flagship locations in New York City and Los Angeles.

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The Cheesecake Factory: Classic Basque Cheesecake

Cheesecake factory new flavor
Cheesecake Factory

For National Cheesecake Day on July 30, the sweet restaurant chain is debuting a brand-new slice flavor! The Basque cheesecake, which originated in Spain, is crustless and known for its burnt top and dreamy, custard base. Starting this month until July 2023, The Cheesecake Factory will donate 25 cents to Feeding America for every slice of the new, berry-topped dessert sold.

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Sonic: Churro Shake

Sonic Churro Shake

On July 25, Sonic added a new shake to their menu that's perfect for churro lovers. The dessert features vanilla ice cream blended with caramel and cinnamon sugar, all topped with a sweet churro, whipped cream and a cherry. The limited-edition shake is available starting August 1 at participating locations, but Sonic app users can get early access on July 25 if they order through the app.

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Buffalo Wild Wings: Saucy Chicken Sandwich

Buffalo Wild Wings Saucy Chicken Sandwich
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On July 18, Buffalo Wild Wings launched their Saucy Chicken Sandwich, which coats hand-breaded chicken in any of their 26 signature sauces and seasonings. From Lemon Pepper to Mango Habanero and everything in-between, customers can make the chicken sandwich their own.

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Taco Bell: Cantina Crispy Chicken Tacos

Cantina Chicken Tacos
Taco Bell

A fan-favorite taco is back for the summer! The limited-time taco combines jalapeño buttermilk-marinated chicken that is rolled in a tortilla chip coating, cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomatoes all wrapped in a tortilla. Plus, Taco Bell fans have their choice of sauce and can decide between creamy chipotle and avocado ranch.

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Boston Market: Rotisserie Chicken Nuggets

Boston Market Nuggets
Boston Market

Boston Market's iconic rotisserie chicken just got a tasty and tiny update. The new rotisserie chicken nuggets are made with a unique cooking method, using a rotating basket, so the nuggets get the same roasting technique as rotisserie chicken.

"The rotisserie chicken nuggets will set the new standard for nuggets," Boston Market's president and chief rotisserie expert, Jay Pandya, said in a statement. "They are bigger than our competitors, healthier than fried alternatives and packed with flavor — there is no other true rotisserie option on the market."

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Cold Stone Creamery: Nintendo Creations

Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery

The ice cream spot is offering up three ice cream creations inspired by Nintendo games. The Kirby and the Forgotten Land Creation is made with strawberry ice cream, strawberries, marshmallows and caramel. The Animal Crossing: New Horizons Creation combines chocolate ice cream, strawberries, bananas and whipped topping. The Mario Party Superstars Creation takes cake batter ice cream and adds yellow cake, blue frosting and rainbow sprinkles.

If you prefer a slice over a scoop, then Cold Stone also has a Rainbow Sprinkle Road ice cream cake with yellow cake, sweet cream ice cream, rainbow sprinkles and blue frosting topped with Mario and Luigi figurines.

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Chick-fil-A: Peach Milkshake

Chick-fil-A Peach Milkshake
Courtesy Chick-fil-A Peach Milkshake

Starting on June 13, the chicken chain is bringing back its seasonal shake. The fruity flavor has only been available in the summer months since its inception in 2009. It combines ice cream and peaches with a topping of whipped cream and a cherry.

"The peach milkshake has become a tradition for many of us, embracing the seasonal flavors of summer," said Chick-fil-A's director of menu and packaging Leslie Neslage in a statement. "Our guests have made it clear this dessert is a favorite, so we've been eager to welcome the peach milkshake back to our menu."

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Wendy's: Strawberry Frosty

Courtesy Wendy's

Step aside, vanilla Frosty, the new strawberry Frosty flavor is here for the summer. The fruity flavor will temporarily replace the vanilla flavor for its summer run and join the beloved chocolate Frosty. The summer sweet will be available for a limited time, through late summer. This is only the second new Frosty flavor ever introduced by the company.

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Sonic: Sour Patch Kids Slush Float

Sonic and Sour Patch Collaboration

In May, the fast food chain announced a new mashup menu item: the Sour Patch Kids Slush Float. Sonic calls the new release a "sour then sweet" treat that can satisfy both cravings. The frozen treat combines rich vanilla ice cream with Sour Patch Kids watermelon flavor slush, along with pieces of the brand's signature chewy candy. The dreamy slush and ice cream mashup won't stay on the menu indefinitely — it's slated to be available through July 31.

The sweetest part of the drink? Partial proceeds from it, along with all of Sonic drink proceeds, are donated to Limeades for Learning, which supports teachers and education efforts nationwide.

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Panera: Lobster Roll & Lobster Mac and Cheese

Panera lobster roll

Panera is bringing back their lobster roll and lobster mac and cheese for the first time in three years. Customers can head to Panera to try the new lobster roll and lobster mac and cheese but the seafood dishes are not available everywhere. Nearly 200 restaurants, all only in the northeast of the U.S., will serve the fan-favorite seafood dishes.

The lobster mac and cheese transforms the iconic Vermont white cheddar mac and cheese that fans know and love. The beloved Panera macaroni is topped with buttered lobster meat and seasoned bread crumbs in this limited-time menu item.

The lobster roll takes inspiration from the New England summer staple. It combines lobster claw and knuckle meat with a lemon tarragon mayonnaise-based dressing on top of a roll.

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McDonald's: Chocolatey Pretzel McFlurry

McDonalds Chocolate Pretzel McFlurry

The newest dessert at the iconic fast food chain is a sweet and salty treat. The chocolatey pretzel McFlurry combines McDonald's vanilla soft serve, chocolate-covered pretzel bits and a caramel swirl. Of course, the classic Oreo and M&M's McFlurries are still around for customers sticking with the original desserts.

This limited-time menu item is the first new McFlurry flavor of 2022 and will be available at participating McDonald's restaurants nationwide.

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Tim Hortons: Biebs Brew

Justin Bieber x Tim Hortons
Courtesy Tim Hortons

Justin Bieber has partnered up with the Canadian donut chain yet again to create a new cold brew beverage that is perfect for the summer. Biebs Brew is a French vanilla cold brew that pairs perfectly with his Timbiebs Timbits donut holes, which are also back on the menu.

All three Timbiebs flavors (chocolate white fudge, sour cream chocolate chip and birthday cake waffle) returned to Tim Hortons in Canada and the United States along with Biebs Brew in June.

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Taco Bell: Flamin' Hot Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos

taco bell
courtesy taco bell

It's the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the first Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell, and to celebrate, the chain is introducing its newest flavor to the lineup: the Flamin' Hot Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco — which takes the spicy and cool crunchy shells and uses them as the base for Taco Bell's beloved tacos. Available on their own for $1.99, or as a Supreme for $2.49.

There's also Doritos Flamin' Hot Cool Ranch Flavored Tortilla Chips, which pair perfectly with their parent tacos. And two other new menu items: the Cantina Crispy Chicken Taco (jalapeño buttermilk-marinated chicken, rolled in tortilla chips, topped with lettuce, cheddar, and tomatoes, and wrapped in a soft taco shell) and the Cantina Crispy Chicken Tortada (a folded square take on the Crunchwrap Supreme, without the tostada shell).

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Wendy's: Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit and Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich

Wendy's Hot Honey Chicken Duo

Wendy's is launching two new innovations in its restaurant starting Feb. 8 to ensure customers spend all day with their hot honey... literally!

The Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit is the first new addition to Wendy's breakfast menu since its 2020 launch. It's comprised of a savory, chicken fillet drizzled with Wendy's new hot honey and served on a warm and fluffy buttermilk biscuit.

After breakfast, try the Hot Honey Chicken sandwich, Wendy's newest addition to its 'Made to Crave' menu. It boasts a spicy chicken breast, melted Pepper Jack cheese, three strips of Applewood smoked bacon, crispy pickle chips — all topped with decadent hot honey on a toasted premium bun.

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Subway: The Vault

Subway Vault Signature Sandwiches

Just in time for Super Bowl LVI, Subway is introducing The Vault, an exclusive menu with all-new sandwiches created by fan-favorite athletes. The menu includes:

Russell Wilson's The Dangerwich: Pepperoni, salami, black forest ham, provolone cheese, and bacon on Italian Herbs & Cheese bread. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes, green peppers, banana peppers, and finished with yellow mustard and mayonnaise.

Marshawn Lynch's The Beef Mode: Choice Angus Roast Beef, pepper jack cheese, and hickory smoked bacon on Italian Herbs & Cheese bread. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, red onions, and jalapeños, and drizzled with yellow mustard and Baja Chipotle sauce.

Trevor Lawrence's The Sunshine Sub: Oven roasted turkey, BelGioioso fresh mozzarella cheese, avocado and tomatoes, all on Hearty Multigrain bread.

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Metro Diner: Red Velvet Valentine's Day Offerings

Red Velvet Pancakes
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Starting Feb. 8, Metro Diner will be adding four red velvet offerings to its menu, just in time for Valentine's Day. Sweet dishes to dine on include:

Red Velvet Bread Pudding: A homemade, warm strawberry and red velvet-infused bread pudding, drizzled with melted cream cheese icing and topped with a cobbler crumble and fresh strawberries.

Red Velvet Waffle: Metro Diner's signature Belgian waffle infused with red velvet, drizzled with melted cream cheese icing and topped with a cobbler crumble and fresh strawberries.

Red Velvet Pancake: Two pancakes infused with red velvet, drizzled with melted cream cheese icing and topped with a cobbler crumble and fresh strawberries.

Pretty in Pink: A specialty mimosa with orange juice and cranberry Juice.

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Lazy Dog Restaurant: Fish N Chips TV Dinner and Cheeseburger Fries

Lazy Dog Restaurant's dedication to authentic, housemade fare is showcased on every one of their plates, including their newest offerings (starting Feb. 16):

Fish N Chips TV Dinner: Beer-battered on waffle-cut potato chips served with sweet potato tot and white corn succotash, with a Nutella brownie dessert.

Cheeseburger Fries: Crispy french fries loaded with seasoned ground beef, grilled onions, three-cheese sauce, pickles, tomatoes, bark + bite sauce, Liquid Blanket IPA mustard, toasted sesame seeds and green onions.

Additionally, Jolene's Wings & Beer — the virtual restaurant whose online and third-party app orders are fulfilled by Lazy Dog Restaurants across eight states — will serve both of the above new items, as well as their own new menu item:

Lemon Pepper Wings: Dusted in a zesty dry rub made with a blend of lemon, cracked pepper and mouthwatering spices.

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Red Lobster: Lobsterfest

Lobster Topped Stuffed Flounde
Lobster Topped Stuffed Flounder. Red Lobster

Lobster lovers rejoice! Lobsterfest is back at Red Lobster with a variety of cravable lobster-centric dishes like the new Lobster Topped Stuffed Flounder which finds wild-caught flounder roasted with Red Lobster's signature seafood stuffing and topped with Maine and langostino lobster in a creamy lobster beurre blanc. It's served with choice of two sides, like the new Bacon Mac & Cheese.

There's also the new Lobster Punch—made with Captain Morgan rum and Malibu coconut rum with pineapple and berry juices.

And the Date Night Feast for Two, which features two butter-poached Maine lobster tails, two 7 oz. sirloins, two jumbo grilled shrimp skewers and a shareable Bacon Mac & Cheese. Plus, a choice of one side for each guest.

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Sonic: Oreo Double Stuf Waffle Cone and Blast

SONIC Double Stuf OREO Waffle Cone and Blast
SONIC Double Stuf OREO Waffle Cone and Blast. Sonic

Sonic is bringing back its beloved Double Stuf Oreo  Waffle Cone and Blast for a limited time starting on Jan. 31. Both treats will be available for purchase, at restaurants and via the SONIC app through March 27.

The Double Stuf Oreo Waffle Cone features a waffle cone made of chocolate Oreos and layered with sweet Oreo crème, filled with real ice cream and topped with another layer of sweet Oreo crème and Oreo cookie pieces. 

The Double Stuf Oreo Blast, meanwhile, is a spoonable dessert featuring real ice creme blended with sweet Oreo crème and Oreo cookie pieces, topped with even more Oreo cookie pieces.

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Hard Rock Cafe: Heart Off the Chart's Menu

Lobster Cobb Salad
Hard Rock Cafe's Lobster Cobb Salad. Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe's Valentine's Day-themed 'Hearts Off the Charts' menu is guaranteed to make your taste buds fall in love. Items include the Lobster Cobb Salad (pictured), which features sweet lobster pieces, avocado, roasted corn, black beans, Monterey Jack cheese, tomatoes, and crispy chickpeas on a bed of fresh mixed greens tossed in a creamy ranch dressing [$20.95].

Other new items on the menu:

Lobster Flatbread: Sweet lobster with mozzarella cheese, red bell peppers and green onions, finished with a creamy, spicy aioli [$18.95]

Deluxe Steak Special with Marinated Mushrooms: Your choice of USDA 12 oz NY Strip Steak or Bone-in Cowboy ribeye, grilled and topped with mushrooms marinated in a smoked bacon and bourbon sauce, served with loaded mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables [NY Strip Steak - $39.95; Cowboy Ribeye - $44.95]

Be Mine: Warm, fudge brownie drizzled with strawberry sauce and topped with fresh whipped cream [$9.95]

Espresso Martini: A sweet and delicious drink made with Grey Goose Vodka, Kahlúa, and fresh brewed espresso shaken until frothy and chilled [$9.95]

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Panda Express: Mapo Tofu with Beyond

Mapo Tofu with Beyond Beef
Mapo Tofu with Beyond Beef. Panda Express

After the successful introduction of Beyond the Original Orange Chicken last year, Panda Express is continuing to expand its plant-based offerings by testing two new Beyond Meat dishes for a limited time exclusively at the Panda Express  Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, California — including Mapo Tofu with Beyond Beef (pictured). Panda's second tofu dish, behind the Eggplant Tofu (available at select restaurants), the dish is made with small bites of firm tofu and plant-based Beyond Beef, wok-tossed in a spicy Sichuan garlic sauce. It is best when served over steaming white rice.

In addition, Panda Express is testing String Beans with Beyond Beef, a veggie packed entree made with hand-cut fresh string beans wok-fired with plant-based Beyond Beef in an addictive, savory garlic sauce.

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Baskin-Robbins: Secret Admirer

Baskin-Robbins’ Secret Admirer
Baskin-Robbins’ Secret Admirer. Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins' February flavor of the month is Secret Admirer, a decadent pink flavored cake ice cream swirled with an unexpected rose ice cream (formulated with real rose extract!) and sealed with a sweet strawberry ribbon.

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Shake Shack: Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Buffalo Spiced Cheese Fries

Shake Shack Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Buffalo Fries
Shake Shack

For those craving the spicy flavor of one
of America's favorite football Sunday snacks, Shake Shack has you covered! The chain has put a spin on two Shack classics — the Chicken Shack and Crinkle Cut Fries —by introducing its new Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Buffalo Spiced Cheese Fries. Both use Shake Shack's propriety Buffalo Sauce, which takes the classic topping but adds more pronounced vinegary notes and a touch of garlic.

Buffalo Chicken Sandwich:
Crispy, hand-breaded, expertly seasoned, antibiotic-free chicken breast cooked sous vide for perfect texture, covered in Buffalo Sauce and topped with ranch sauce, served over pickles and shredded lettuce on a toasted potato bun. Pricing starts at $7.79.

Buffalo Spiced Cheese Fries:
Crispy crinkle cuts topped with cheese sauce and dusted with Buffalo seasoning, served with ranch sauce. Pricing starts at $4.79.

Shake Shack recommends eating both with its ranch sauce, which they say is a better alternative to blue cheese with its "flavorful, dairy-rich notes and cooling effects."

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Subway: Baja Turkey Avocado, Honey Mustard Rotisserie-Style Chicken

Subway Club Footlong

Subway has been steadily adding new crave-worthy subs and signature exclusives to its U.S. menu. The newest additions include:

Baja Turkey Avocado: Oven-roasted turkey and smashed avocado on hearty multigrain bread, topped with crisp veggies — lettuce spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, green peppers and red onion — and a generous drizzle of Subway's spicy Baja chipotle sauce.

Honey Mustard Rotisserie-Style Chicken: Subway's rotisserie-style chicken gets a refresh with a sweet and tangy honey mustard sauce. The sub comes with lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, and red onion. All are served on the brand's hearty multigrain bread, toasted to perfection. .

In addition to the new options, several of Subway's most popular sandwiches are now back on the menu including the Subway Club (pictured), as well as their Roast Beef, Turkey Cali Fresh, Baja Steak & Jack, and Baja Chicken & Bacon sandwiches.

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Pret A Manger: Meatless Meatball Wrap

Pret A Manger has teamed up with Meatless Farm to bring its first-ever plant-based meat option to their U.S. menu. Their savory plant-based meatballs are found in their new Meatless Meatball Wrap, and are "sure to rival any grandmother's homemade recipe," the brand says. It's served with marinara sauce and a roasted veggies.

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White Castle: Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

White Castle Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake
White Castle

White Castle's new dessert features a swirl of strawberry filling and a chocolate cookie crust served on a stick.

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Randy's Donuts: Pepsi ColaCream Donut

Pepsi ColaCream Donut
Randy's Donuts

Pepsi has partnered with Randy's Donuts for its first-ever, Pepsi ColaCream Donut. Exclusively available at the brands original Inglewood, Los Angeles location, the Pepsi-Cola and cream cola calls the nostalgic soda shop flavors of the past. It's topped with an image of the signature Pepsi globe, and has a surprise sprinkling of pop rocks inside to provide an additional burst of flavor and fun.

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TGI Fridays: Remixed and Remastered Fan-Favorite Classics

Don't you hate when restaurants take away your favorite menu item? Well, TGI Fridays does, so they're re-introducing fan-favorite appetizers, drinks, and entrées with their new limited-time Remixed and Remastered menu. Fans voted on which items they wanted back, and the brand answered in a big way. You'll find everything from their Cheesy Bacon Cheeseburger and Blackened Cajun Chicken Sandwich to their Bacon Mac & Cheese Bites, Fried Mushrooms, Blackened Chicken Alfredo Pasta, and Oreo Madness Fully Stuffed desserts (among others). Find them today at participating locations.

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The Habit Burger Grill: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shake

The Habit Burger Grill's Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shake
The Habit Burger

Habit Burger Grill has a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shake. Made of vanilla ice cream blended up with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal pieces, the drink is topped off by whipped cream and even more pieces of the cereal.

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White Castle: Spicy Joe Slider and Sloppy Fries

White Castle Sloppy Joe Slider and Sloppy Fries
White Castle

White Castle rang in 2022 with two new items: the Spicy Joe Slider and Sloppy Fries — teaming up with "What's Luv" rapper and self-professed slider lover Fat Joe for the launch. The new Spicy Joe Slider tops White Castle's traditional Sloppy Joe Slider with a spicy slice of jalapeño cheese and jalapeño crisps. The Sloppy Fries, meanwhile, covers the brand's signature crispy crinkle fries with melted cheese and a tangy Sloppy Joe sauce.

The new items will be on the menu through Feb. 19.

Fans can mix or match the Spicy Joe Slider and their classic Sloppy Joe Slider with the Smoky Joe Slider — a returning favorite, featuring smoked cheddar cheese and crispy onions — in a "Joe 6-Pack" for $6.

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Panera: Citrus Asian Crunch Salad with Chicken

Chopped Asian Crunch Salad with Chicken

Panera kicked of 2022 with two new items, including the Citrus Asian Crunch Salad with Chicken (pictured).

That salad features fresh romaine and a blend of chopped broccoli, green cabbage, carrots, and kale — all tossed with edamame, pickled red onions, and fresh cilantro in tangerine soy ginger dressing, and topped with warm seared chicken thigh meat, crispy carrots, and a teriyaki drizzle.

The brand also added a Thai Chicken Soup to their menu. Chicken, carrots, shiitake mushrooms, red bell peppers and edamame are simmered in a rich, Thai yellow coconut curry broth with lemongrass, ginger, galangal, and Thai lime to deliver a delicious, gently spicy soup.

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Taco Bell: Crispy Chicken Wings

Five fried chicken wings in queso seasoning served with spicy ranch dipping sauce. How good does that sound? Retailing for $5.99, they're available after 2 p.m. while supplies last at participating locations.

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Magnolia Bakery: World-Famous Banana Pudding Variety Pack

World Famous Banana Pudding Flight cup & spoon
Magnolia Bakery

Fans go wild for Magnolia Bakery's banana pudding — so much so that popular bakery chain had released a pudding multi-pack, available to ship coast to coast. The pack includes two 16 oz. containers each of its classic, red velvet and chocolate hazelnut banana puddings. The Magnolia Bakery World-Famous Banana Pudding Variety Pack retails for $60, plus shipping.

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Red Lobster: 3 From the Sea

Red Lobster's 3 from the Sea
Red Lobster

Red Lobster is giving fans a deal in the new year, with their 3 from the Sea offering. Fans can get a soup or salad, individual-sized starter, and entrée for just $15.99!

The full 3 from the Sea line-up includes:

Soup or Salad:

· New England Clam Chowder Cup

· Lobster Bisque Cup (+$1)

· House Salad

· Caesar Salad

Individual-Sized Starter:

· Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp

· Mozzarella Cheesesticks

· Signature Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail


· Fish & Chips

· Shrimp Linguini Alfredo

· Atlantic Salmon (+$2)

· Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders

· Baha Shrimp Bowl

· Wagyu Bacon Cheeseburger

· Cajun Chicken Linguini Alfredo

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Denny's: Super Slam

Denny's Super Slam Menu

Denny's famed Super Slam is back for a limited time. It gives guests more breakfast items for less, with two fresh eggs, two bacon strips, two sausage links, crispy hash browns, and two fluffy buttermilk pancakes — all for just $7.25.

To celebrate, Denny's is partnering with Fran Belibi, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Basketball Champion –and one of only eight women to ever slam dunk in a college game.

To solidify the brand's commitment to supporting women's sports, Denny's is also donating $25,000 in Belibi's name to the Women's Sports Foundation, which was co-founded by Billie Jean King.

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El Pollo Loco: Dos Locos Unwrapped Burrito Salad

The perfect blend of nourishing and indulgent, El Pollo Loco's new Dos Locos Unwrapped Burrito Salad features a double portion of meat over a blend of lettuce, baby spinach, baby kale, and baby chard topped with sliced avocado, pico de gallo, and queso fresco — all inside an open large flour tortilla. Comes with a choice of creamy cilantro dressing or Mexican vinaigrette.

The brand also has two other new salads:

Cheesy Quesadilla Salad: Warm quesadillas and a double portion of marinated grilled chicken over a blend of lettuce, baby spinach, baby kale, and baby chard topped with sliced avocado, pico de gallo, and queso fresco with choice of creamy cilantro dressing or Mexican vinaigrette.

Chicken Taquito Salad: Chicken taquitos and a double portion of chicken over a blend of lettuce, baby spinach, baby kale, and baby chard topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, and queso fresco with choice of creamy cilantro dressing or Mexican vinaigrette.

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Arby's: Diablo Dare

Arby's New Diablo Dare Sandwich Is So Spicy, It Comes with a Free Vanilla Shake

The fast food chain launched the Diablo Dare in January, their latest sandwich offering that purports to be so spicy, it comes with a free snack vanilla "Extingui-shake" to help cool things down. Available with 13-hour smoked brisket or crispy chicken, the sandwich's spice comes from its ghost pepper jack cheese, fiery hot seasoning, fire-roasted jalapeños, and Diablo bbq sauce on a toasted red chipotle bun. ("We Diablo Dare you to try this new sandwich," Arby's Chief Marketing Officer Patrick Schwing said upon its release). Catch it now through Feb. 6, for $5.99.

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The Cheesecake Factory: Caesar Salad with Louisiana Chicken Plus Caramelized Onions

Louisiana Chicken Caesar Salad
The Cheesecake Factory

Social media went so crazy for TikToker Alix Traeger's Cheesecake Factory hack — a caesar salad with Louisiana chicken plus caramelized onions — that the brand decided to add it to their menu full-time.The dish will be offered as both an entrée size and appetizer side starting on Jan. 10, and for a limited time only.

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Starbucks: Pistachio Latte

The coffee giant has brought back its Pistachio Latte for a limited time. The brand's unique pistachio sauce (made with sugar, milk, pistachio butter and cocoa butter among other ingredients) gives this espresso drink its unique flavor. Choose your choice of steamed milk. It's finish it with a salted brown butter cookie flavored topping.

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Dunkin' winter menu items

Dunkin' launched four brand-new menu items in January.

Winter Blend Coffee: The newest addition to Dunkin's limited batch series, this full-bodied, smooth medium roast boasts notes of gingersnap and is sourced from coffee regions in Brazil and Sumatra. Available in iced or hot, a cup is $2 all month long.

Brown Sugar Oat Iced Latte: Dunkin's newest latte creation blends rich, handcrafted espresso with creamy oatmilk and brown sugar cookie flavor to create a comforting sip.

Omelet Bites: Dunkin's new Omelet Bites come in two, crave-worthy varieties: Bacon & Cheddar, and Egg White & Veggie (made with tomato, spinach and a four-cheese blend).

Chive & Onion Stuffed Bagel Minis: The newest flavor of Dunkin's popular bite-sized stuffed bagel minis is a savory onion bagel filled with chive cream cheese and topped with toasted onions. Served warm with two per order!

Stroopwafel Donut: Dunkin's beloved chocolate frosted donut topped with a mini Stroopwafel cookie that combines caramel between two crunchy wafer cookies? What's not to love!

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Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Cajun Inspired Favorites

Tropical Smoothie Cafe
Tropical Smoothie Cafe

Starting Jan. 19, Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be rolling out a menu with a trip of Cajun inspired offerings:

Hurricane Smoothie: Inspired by the legendary New Orleans cocktail, the bold, tangy Hurricane Smoothie packs a punch with passionfruit, pineapple, orange juice and sweet dark cherries that tastes exactly like the original (minus the booze!)

Cajun Shrimp Wrap: Seasoned shrimp, dirty rice, creole sauce, cheddar cheese, romaine lettuce, tomato and green onions in a toasted wrap.

Cajun Shrimp Salad : That same shrimp wrap filling served on a bed of romaine lettuce with creamy creole dressing on the side.

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KFC: Beyond Fried Chicken

KFC Beyond Fried Chicken

Vegetarians can finally get to enjoy KFC's finger-lickin' good Kentucky fried chicken thanks to the restaurant's new Beyond Fried Chicken. Developed by Beyond Meat exclusively for KFC, the plant-based product maintains the taste and texture of whole muscle chicken, plus the flavor and juiciness of KFC's classic fried chicken, without any real chicken. Customers can purchase Beyond Fried Chicken as a combo meal (with fries and a medium drink) or as six or 12-piece nuggets orders, paired with KFC's dipping sauce options.

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Smoothie King: Activator Recovery Line-Up

Smoothie King
Smoothie King

Smoothie King have dropped a new line of high-protein smoothies to help customers recover after intense exercises in the new year. Available in three flavors — strawberry banana, pineapple spinach and blueberry tart cherry — all three are made with naturally hydrating coconut water to help bodies recover, as well as 26 grams of high-quality Gladiator protein power to build, tone and strengthen muscle. They have 0 grams of added sugar, and are 260 calories each.

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Cinnabon: Fantasy Sweet Bundle

Fantasy Sweet Bundle #BachelorNation crew

Cinnabon is celebrating the new season of ABC's The Bachelor with a new limited-edition Fantasy Sweet bundle. Available every Monday night, the bundle gives Bachelor Nation fans at home the perfect pairing to indulge in while watching the reality dating series: a combo of two classic Cinnabon rolls and two cinnamon roll-flavored cold brew ice coffees. All for $15.

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Jamba: The Go Getter

Jamba Juice's new Go Getter smoothie
Jamba Juice

Jamba has launched a new plant-based smoothie, packed with at least three full servings of vegetables. The citrus and tropical flavored beverage is blended with matcha green tea, and a vegetable and fruit juice blend of mangos, kale, and orange juice.

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Papa Johns: "NY Style" Pizza

Papa Johns Introduces NY Style Pizza with Hand-Stretched, Foldable, Oversized Slices
Courtesy of Papa Johns

The American pizza restaurant chain has added another crust option to their expansive menu: New York-style pizza, for those hungry for the Big Apple's beloved hand-stretched, oversized slices.

Made from the brand's signature, six-ingredient dough, each 16-each pie yields eight large, wide, thin crust slices, perfect for folding as true New Yorkers do with their slices.

Available through March 13, 2022, each pie is priced at $13 for a one-topping pizza.

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Chipotle: Plant-Based Chorizo

Chipotle Plant Based Chorizo

After a successful test in Denver and Indianapolis in August 2021, Chipotle put Plant-Based Chorizo on menus nationwide in the beginning of January. The tasty new protein is made using all real, fresh ingredients grown on a farm, not in a lab. It packs a punch too, for those hungry for a bit of spice.

Along with the vegetarian and vegan-friendly option, Chipotle also embraced the season of healthier evening with three new Lifestyle Bowls:

Whole30 Salad Bowl: Plant-Based Chorizo, supergreens lettuce blend, fresh tomato salsa, fajita veggies, guacamole

Vegetarian Bowl: Plant-Based Chorizo, supergreens lettuce blend, pinto beans, fresh tomato salsa, fajita veggies, cheese

Vegan Bowl: Plant-Based Chorizo, white rice, black beans, corn salsa, fresh tomato salsa, shredded romaine lettuce

Lifestyle Bowls are available exclusively on the Chipotle app and

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Serendipity3: Cotton Candy Frrrozen Hot Chocolate

Frozen Hot Chocolate flavor Cotton Candy
Courtesy of Serendipity3

Serendipity3, the legendary New York City restaurant, added another flavor in its famous "Frrrozen" hot chocolate lineup: cotton candy! The new flavor features ​​"a creamy, dreamy pink cotton candy-flavored white chocolate, topped with a mountain of whipped cream, a fluffy twirl of cotton candy and a cherry on top." It retails for $19.95.

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Serendipity3: Brunch Menu

Courtesy of Serendipity3

Speaking of Serendipity3, the restaurant has introduced brunch items for the first time. Alongside its full menu, they're now serving:

Avocado toast ($15.95): guacamole, pico de gallo, pickled red onion and cilantro on toast.

Smoked salmon toast ($24.95): with Boursin cheese, red onion, pickled cucumber and everything bagel flavors.

Ham & bacon mmelet ($19.95): includes Taylor ham, bacon and cheddar-jack cheese.

Greek omelet ($19.95): egg with feta cheese, Kalamata olives, tomatoes and oregano.

Two fried eggs or scrambled with hash browns ($19.95): comes with a choice of Taylor ham, bacon or avocado.

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Dickey's Barbecue Pit: Brisket Chili Walking Taco

You've heard of a Frito pie, right? Well Dickey's Barbecue Pit has their own version. The restaurant chain, based in Dallas, Texas, has introduced a brisket chili walking taco — which takes its brisket chili (Dickey's chili base, jalapeño-spiced beans, and smoked brisket) and serves it up in a bag of Fritos corn chips with poblano chile cheese sauce, prepared cheddar cheese, and shredded green onions. Try it for $8.

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Wings Over: Tender Sandwich

The East Coast wings chain has introduced an all-new sandwich, which features one of its breaded and fried crispy chicken tenders — dressed in one of its expansive 25 flavor options — and then laid in a split-top buttered toasted bun with ranch or blue cheese drizzle on top. Best part is, two will run you just $5.

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