Smoky flavors rise in restaurant innovation.
Quiznos' new Smilin’ Pig is loaded with smoked pork loin, bacon and ham topped with red onion, cheddar cheese, pickles and Blue Ribbon barbecue sauce and served on a toasted sub roll.
Voodoo Doughnut is debuting three new treats.
The Lotta Horchata Doughnut features a cinnamon sugar shell filled with horchata custard.
The new Smoky Campfire Cannolo is filled with marshmallow, topped with a smoky chocolate drizzle and dipped in crushed graham crackers.
The Ginger Peach Cannolo has peach filling with peach slices and is dusted with ginger sugar.
Shake Shack is introducing cocktail-inspired Summerades, marking the first time the restaurant has expanded its cold beverage offerings beyond lemonades. The non-alcoholic drinks are naturally sweetened and mixed with fruit and sugar cane.
The Lime Agave Margarita Summerade features lime juice stirred with agave nectar, orange, jalapeño, smoked salt and cane sugar.
The Piña Punch Summerade combines blackberries and caramelized pineapple stirred with lemon juice, orange zest and agave nectar.
The Watermelon Mint Mojito Summerade blends watermelon and lime juices with mint, orange, white tea and cane sugar.
Ruby Tuesday is offering a new feature menu under its Libby’s BBQ brand, which began as a delivery-only concept and features a line of barbecue entrees. The menu includes smoked beef brisket and pulled pork, available as entrees or on a sandwich, and a trio built with smoked brisket, pulled pork and smoked sausage. Customers may choose Ruby’s signature barbecue sauce, Carolina barbecue sauce or Alabama white sauce and pair their entrees with new sides, including coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad.
Buffalo Wings & Rings is entering the chicken sandwich wars with three new contenders, all featuring beer battered and fried chicken breast.
The MVP Ringer features chicken breast topped with spicy mayo and pickles on a toasted brioche bun.
The Buffalo Ringer is made with chicken breast topped with Buffalo hot sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce and tomato served on a toasted brioche bun with blue cheese dip or ranch dressing.
The Korean Burger includes chicken breast, gochujang sauce and Asian slaw served on a toasted brioche bun.
Perkins is adding a collection of crepes to its menu, including three sweet and four savory options.
The Neapolitan Crepes are filled with vanilla cream cheese and topped with glazed strawberries, chocolate syrup and whipped topping.
The Caramel Apple Crepes are filled with sweet cream and topped with warm apple pie filling, caramel sauce, granola streusel and whipped topping.
The Strawberry Crepes are filled with cream and topped with glazed strawberries, powdered sugar and whipped topping.
The Butcher Block Crepes are filled with shaved ham, applewood-smoked bacon, sausage and cheddar cheese and are topped with cream gravy and parsley.
The Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepes are filled with roasted chicken, ham, Swiss cheese and honey mustard and are topped with hollandaise sauce and parsley.
The Ham & Cheese Crepes are filled with shaved ham, scrambled eggs and American cheese and are topped with cheese sauce.
The Southwest Chicken Crepes are filled with roasted chicken, black bean corn relish, barbecue sauce and pepper jack cheese and are topped with creamy cheese sauce, black bean corn relish and parsley.
Sonic is serving the new Shark Week Slush, featuring a blue coconut slush topped with a layer of strawberries and two shark gummies.
Popeyes has turned its Chicken Sandwich into poppable pieces with its new Chicken Nuggets. The white meat bites of chicken are battered and breaded in buttermilk, seasoned and fried. Customers may choose from a range of sauces for dipping, including Bayou Buffalo, BoldBQ, blackened ranch, buttermilk ranch, wild honey mustard and Sweet Heat.
Stuffed pasta has landed at Fazoli’s.
The Four Meat Manicotti features two rolled manicotti topped with meat sauce, alfredo, two beef and pork meatballs, sliced Italian sausage and chopped bacon, all topped with mozzarella cheese and then baked.
The Shrimp Alfredo Manicotti includes two rolled cheese manicotti stuffed with ricotta and Parmesan. The pasta is topped with shrimp simmered in a black pepper alfredo sauce with spinach and baked with mozzarella cheese and garlic butter Parmesan panko breadcrumbs.
Additionally, Fazoli’s is introducing Fried Mozzarella Cheese Skewers, featuring two skewers of five crispy mozzarella cubes seasoned with garlic butter and Parmesan and served with alfredo or marinara dipping sauce.
Jimmy’s John’s is launching Summer Sandwich Wraps, marking the brand’s first foray into the wrap category.
The Chicken Caesar Wrap includes seasoned chicken, parmesan cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, ranch dressing, mini croutons and Caesar dressing in a garlic and herb wrap.
The Beefy Ranch Wrap is filled with sliced roast beef, bacon, cheddar cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, mayo, cucumber, ranch dressing and mini croutons and folded in a flour wrap.
Carvel is rolling out a range of churro flavored treats, including new churro flavored soft-serve ice cream and the brand’s first new Crunchie flavor. Churro Crunchies are crispy vanilla crunch coasted in a sweet vanilla bonnet shell with the cinnamon and sugar flavors of a churro.
The Churro Shake blends churro soft-serve ice cream with Churro Crunchies.
The Churro Sundae Dasher features churro soft serve with layers of Churro Crunchies and mini churro pieces all topped with whipped cream and caramel.
The Churro Flying Saucers are ice cream sandwiches featuring two cookies filled with churro soft-serve ice cream rolled in Churro Crunchies.
The Churro Scooped Ice Cream features churro soft serve with caramel and mini churro pieces.
Buffalo Wild Wings is debuting the Classic Chicken Sandwich, made with beer-battered and fried chicken breast, pickles and mayo served on a challah bun. Customers may also add some heat by adding a Wild Sauce drizzle.
Peet’s Coffee is pouring two new plant-based lattes: the Honey Cold Brew Oat Milk Latte and the Chocolate Cold Brew Oat Milk Latte. The beverages blend cold-brew coffee with oat milk and are served over ice. The chocolate flavor features chocolate sauce, while the honey variety is made with honey syrup.
Whataburger is churning the new Peaches & Cream Shake, which blends vanilla ice cream with peach flavor.
Dutch Bros Coffee is offering two new beverages that boast the flavors of summertime s’mores.
The Iced Campout Cold Brew combines cold-brew coffee, chocolate milk and toasted marshmallow flavor topped with Dutch Bros’ Soft Top — a sweet, creamy topping — and chocolate drizzle. The drink may be served with regular or nitro-infused cold brew.
The Campout Mocha Freeze is a blended coffee drink topped with Soft Top and chocolate drizzle.
Little Caesars has joined forces with Maple Leaf Foods, Inc. to launch a new pizza topped with plant-based pepperoni. The Planteroni Pizza features Field Roast Plant-Based Pepperoni, made with wheat gluten, potato protein, pea protein and fava bean protein and seasoned with fennel, cracked black pepper, garlic and paprika.