Chicken Reigns Supreme New Menu Items
Back in September we took a look at some of the hot new menu items hitting plates nationally. This included items like smoked chicken wings, bottomless shrimp with a trio of sauces, and a smoked brisket sandwich with tangy BBQ sauce. So, needless to say, smokiness was on trend.
But here we are in the second week of December and we haven’t discussed what’s been released for the end of the year. I suppose we need to remedy that.
So, let’s look at what restaurants will do to drive sales and close out 2019 strong. I’ll give you a hint, cluck cluck.
New Menu Items
Buffalo Wild Wings
BWWs is looking to bulk up its craveability with the release of their newly formulated boneless wings. The wings are made of larger pieces of marinated breast meat and feature a new, lighter breading.
Additionally, BWWs is looking to harness some of their past glory with the release of their reformulated Buffalo Sauce, making it more like the recipe originally introduced in 1982. Most importantly, the sauce will now be made fresh in house every day. I can’t wait to try it.
Dallas, TX based Corner Bakery is going full carb load for the holiday season, putting their money on turned up Italian fare. The new Rustic Italian Panini features ham, pepperoni, provolone, roasted tomatoes, and a Calabrian chile spread.
If spicy isn’t your thing, go for the Chicken Rosa Pasta. This features cavatappi pasta, grilled chicken, savory Parmesan cheese, roasted tomatoes, and a rich tomato cream sauce. Might as well indulge now before looking your New Year’s Resolution in the eye.
The folks at Del Taco are piquing my attention with one of my favorite foods of all time: Tamales. These new masa miracles are stuffed with shredded pork blended with a roasted tomato salsa and are served plain or smothered with your choice of red and green salsas, or chili cheese.
I don’t see how you could go wrong either way, so best to just play it safe and try them all.
El Pollo Loco
Not to be outdone by Del Taco, El Pollo Loco is also going after the tamale spotlight. However, they are pairing their chicken tamales with various pieces of their famous flame grilled chicken, rice, pinto beans, and a smothering of red chile sauce.
Additionally, check out their unique Mexican hot chocolate made with cinnamon and vanilla. Sounds like a great way to warm the bones during the winter weather.
Our last restaurant on the list is one I don’t get to mention often, Zaxby’s. The gem of Georgia fried chicken is stepping into the smoky trend with a pair of new items: The Southwest Chipotle and Smokehouse Cheddar BBQ chicken sandwiches.
This is a good sign for Zaxby’s fans, as this marks a great step in staying current with national flavor trends.
Time to Grub!
I don’t know about you, but all these 2019 new menu items have really riled up my appetite. It’s a good thing I’ll be traveling during the holidays, plenty of excuses to try some new foods.