New offerings at chain restaurants
It sometimes seems like the fast-food and fast-casual restaurants of the world are one step ahead, anticipating our cravings before we even know we have them. Here are some new offerings, some for a limited time.
Old-fashioned grilled cheese and turkey pesto panini(Credit: Starbucks)
Two new sandwiches joined the lunchtime offerings at select Starbucks: the old-fashioned grilled cheese, front, and turkey pesto panini.
Chicken fries(Credit: Burger King)
Burger King's chicken fries returned, for a limited time, on Aug. 11, spreading the word on Twitter via a popular #ChickenFriesAreBack.
Teavana shaken iced blackberry mojito tea lemonade(Credit: Starbucks)
The new Teavana shaken iced blackberry mojito tea lemonade at Starbucks joins two returning Teavanas -- peach green tea lemonade and iced black tea lemonade -- for the summer.
Fizzio handcrafted sodas(Credit: Starbucks)
Get sodas made to order at Starbucks (select locations) in three flavors: spiced root beer, golden ginger ale and lemon ale. At 100 calories for 16 ounces, the drinks include cane sugar.
Pretzel bacon cheeseburger and pub chicken sandwich(Credit: Wendy's)
Wendy's says that more than 50 million pretzel sandwiches were purchased from North American locations in 2013, so July saw their return. Look for the pretzel bacon cheeseburger (with cheddar cheese sauce and honey mustard) and pretzel pub chicken sandwich (with Muenster cheese) through the summer.
Mix-and-match fajitas(Credit: Chili's)
Chili's mix-and-match fajitas let you pick your protein -- pork, chicken (pictured), shrimp or steak -- that gets joined by bell peppers and caramelized onions, plus your choice of flour or corn tortillas.
Watermelon Margaritas(Credit: Chili's)
Toast summer with a watermelon Margarita, which Chili's creates with house-made sour, watermelon puree and tequila.
Cinnamon molten cake(Credit: Chili's)
Cap your meal at Chili's with the cinnamon molten cake, a limited-time-only treat that's finished with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
Spicy chicken Cool Ranch taco(Credit: Taco Bell)
Taco Bell has added another item to its Doritos taco shell line: the spicy chicken Cool Ranch taco.
Vanilla Dr. Pepper float freeze(Credit: Taco Bell)
Prepare for a brain freeze with Taco Bell's new vanilla Dr. Pepper float freeze.
Quesarito(Credit: Taco Bell)
It's a burrito, plus a quesadilla. Whatever the math, you'll find ground beef, rice, chipotle sauce, sour cream and cheese.