Menu Innovations

Registration Now Open for James Beard's Annual Blended Burger Project

The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) annual call to chefs to make ‘shroom for improvement on their menus will continue in 2017 with the third Blended Burger Project (BBP). Starting Wednesday, restaurants nationwide can register to take part in JBF’s summer-long competition to blend finely chopped mushrooms with meat for burgers that are more delicious, nutritious and sustainable.

A Pork Crawl Through Los Angeles

The moronga, or pork blood sausage, arrived in a tray covered with plastic wrap as we rode in a bus down a Los Angeles highway.I chose one of the massive dark rings off the tray and took a bite, washing it down with a guava Jarritos soda and a bite of tamale all from the plate that was the paper towel on my lap.

Wine Cocktails Ascend on Restaurant Menus

It is rare that I don’t spend an evening holed up at a wine bar exploring (mostly for the better, sometimes for the worse) bold whites, rosés, and reds from small, family-owned vineyards I never heard of, or relishing a bartender-made tipple—whether crowned with an egg white pre-dinner, or unapologetically dark and boozy just before bed.

Mimi’s Adds Fire-Grilled Seafood Skewers to the Menu

Mimi’s, the popular neighborhood cafe offering French-inspired American comfort food, has some limited-time menu additions to help you celebrate with family and friends, including Seafood Skewers, a can’t miss Surf N’ Turf and several new Blackboard Features.

Chef Erick Harcey Delivers No-Frills Nordic to Minneapolis

Upton 43Opened: December 2015Location: Minneapolis, MinnesotaOwner: Chef Erick HarceyAverage Check: $90Description: Upgraded Swedish staples guided by traditions, not trends.If celebrity chefs are the new iteration of movie stars, then Chef Erick Harcey is the under-the-radar method actor.

When the Fast Casual Model Doesn't Work

Fast-casual and hybrid restaurants have become undeniably attractive to chefs who are looking to expand their portfolios or establish a business venture with legs to grow. But the leap into a counter-service format isn’t so simple as nixing a waitstaff.

Brixx Hosting Beer & Girl Scout Cookies Pairing in Cary

Craft beer and America’s favorite cookies—what could be better?Brixx Wood Fired Pizza at Parkside Town Commons and Bradford Shops in Cary, North Carolina, will be offering a unique Beer & Girl Scout Cookie Tasting February 22.

Endless Apps Are Here to Stay at TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays announced the return of the perpetual fan favorite, Endless Apps, as a permanent feature of its menu. No more "limited time only" fine print. Endless Apps are here to stay.Effective immediately, guests can enjoy Fridays' most popular appetizers for just $10 per person with endless refills and endless choices – your next round of Endless Apps can be any combination of any Endless Apps.

Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House Celebrating 20 Years

The year was 1997. Fresh off of opening the now iconic Gibsons Steakhouse, owners Steve Lombardo and Hugo Ralli ventured on their next project of opening Chicago’s premier seafood dining destination, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House on Rush Street.

IHOP Introduces New Breakfast Lineup

Known for revolutionizing breakfast favorites, IHOP restaurants is using popular bakery flavors as inspiration for its latest line-up of limited time menu delights. “Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice,” a trio of offerings that blends craveable ingredients into freshly made signature IHOP dishes like French Toast and waffles, is available all day, every day—and as part of a combo meal with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage or ham, and more—starting Monday at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide.

8 of the Most Exciting New Restaurants

When weighing whether to open a restaurant, many operators will say the decision lands somewhere between a strategic calculation and running on blind faith. But despite the risks, restaurants continue to launch, with almost 10,000 opening their doors in 2015, according to the National Restaurant Association.

Friendly’s Adding Two New Items to the Menu

Beginning February 20, Friendly’s will introduce two delicious, all-new menu items: Stuffed French Toast and a Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich.For breakfast lovers, Friendly’s Stuffed French Toast ($7.

P.J. Whelihan’s Rolls Out New Menu

P.J. Whelihan’s unveiled a new menu now available at all 14 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With a refreshed new look, the sleek and sharp menu is studded with additions chosen specifically in reaction to the demands and purchasing history of loyal P.

Naked Wings, New Sauces Join the Menu at P.J. Whelihan’s

P.J. Whelihan’s unveiled a new menu now available at all 14 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With a refreshed new look, the sleek and sharp menu is studded with additions chosen specifically in reaction to the demands and purchasing history of loyal P.

Bob Evans Introduces Seasonal Menu for National Hot Breakfast Month

February can be a chilly month, which makes it the perfect time to warm up with one of Bob Evans Restaurants' new seasonal menu items during National Hot Breakfast Month. Named America’s favorite breakfast chain, according to a national survey conducted by Market Force, Bob Evans Restaurants will offer the new items at all locations across the country for a limited time.