Menu Tracker: New Taco Bell, Pizza Hut and Little Caesars Items

Plus innovation at Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, The Buffalo Spot, Dolly Llama, Einstein Bros. Bagels, The Great Steak, Hopdoddy, Hurricane Grill & Wings, I Heart Mac & Cheese, Krispy Kreme, Mooyah, Native Foods, Pollo Campero, Potbelly, Pressé, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews, Taco Bueno, Taco John’s, Tender Greens, Velvet Taco and Yogurtland

Taco Bell caused a stir recently with the announcement of the return of its Mexican pizza, which was really a reannouncement since they first announced it in aprilbut there were supply chain issues etc. and now it’s back.

But since we’ve covered it before, we’re instead looking at the giant chain’s collaboration with the smaller Milk Bar chain that involves a scoop of strawberry cake and crispy taco pieces from Taco Bell.

Don’t let the weather or your calendars confuse you: It’s pumpkin spice season again, at least according to Red Robin and Krispy Kreme, who are rolling out seasonal delights. Krispy Kreme items were released a month earlier than last year and include two new items: Pumpkin Spice Latte Swirl Donut and Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee.

August is apparently National S’mores Month, which Potbelly celebrates with a chocolate-graham-marshmallow cookie, but various other chains, including The Buffalo Spot, Dolly Llama, Mooyah and Red Robin, celebrate the heat with milkshakes, and Bruster’s Real Ice Cream lets customers mix any sherbet, sherbet, or ice cream with Sprite for a drink called Freeze.

Pressed, meanwhile, has a new frozen dessert made with passion fruit, and Yogurtland has a new sorbet flavored with Sour Patch Kids.

Einstein Bros. Bagels has a new breakfast burrito and The Great Steak has a steak and egg sandwich.

Hopdoddy has a back-to-school burger topped with fried bologna, and Hurricane Grill & Wings now serves some kind of weird nacho topped with wings.

I Heart Mac & Cheese and Pollo Campero both have new chicken sandwiches, Little Caesars has pepperoni pizza with extra pepperoni, and Pizza Hut has revamped its pasta line.

Vegan restaurant Native Foods has a new meatless “steak” bowl, Taco Bueno, conversely, sells smoked brisket, and Taco John’s has a new $3 beef taco and a smaller fried chicken taco.

Tender Greens has a bunch of new, globally-inspired bowls and such, and Velvet Taco’s Weekly Taco Feature is named after Acapulco.

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