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The Functional Food Trend Fueling Restaurant Menus

It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time when the majority of diners couldn’t pronounce acai and kale was just the thing that filled in space on salad bars. Over the last decade, though, the functional food movement, highlighting ingredients for their specific health functions, has exploded.

'On-the-Go' Diners are Focus of US Foods’ Summer Scoop Lineup

Diners are increasingly on the move and eating on the go, which means they’re thinking more and more about convenience and choosing restaurants that offer easy off-premises solutions. In order for restaurants to cater to the changing needs of diners, they need to think about inventive solutions to expand their off-premises offerings whether that’s through takeout or delivery.

IHOP Rolls Out Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Menu Nationwide

IHOP Restaurants announced Monday that it is further expanding its all-day menu by launching new, Buttermilk Crispy Chicken. Made with all-natural chicken breasts and a signature seasoning blend, the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken menu features eight new menu items, ranging from savory to sweet and from breakfast to late-night.

Can Seafood Chains Keep Pace with Competitors?

A look at the ranking of the top 500 restaurant chains in the U.S. reveals that the country is burger and pizza happy, increasingly dines on tacos and enchiladas, and can’t resist chicken wings. But whatever happened to America’s love of seafood, including shrimp, lobster, and fish at full-service eateries? Of the top 500 eateries, it takes awhile to get to full-dining seafood specialists such as Red Lobster, the 32nd largest restaurant chain, Bonefish Grill at 74 and Legal Seafood at 151.

Redz Restaurant Introduces Apollo 11 Anniversary Menu

Redz Restaurant, known for their American inspired fare, is celebrating one of the most historically monumental events in America—the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Lunar Landing.  The special promotion takes flight Saturday, July 20 and will orbit through the end of July.

San Francisco’s Trick Dog Bar Releases New 'The Whole Dog Menu'

Trick Dog, the James Beard Foundation Award-nominated bar, and 2019 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards finalist for “Best American Cocktail Bar” and “World’s Best Cocktail Menu,” introduces its 14th semi-annual cocktail menu with the release of “The Whole Dog Menu,” which pays homage to Stewart Brand’s iconic “Whole Earth Catalog,” which acted as a “how-to” manual, literary review, and collection of tools and advice during the late 1960s and early 1970s counterculture movement.

City Winery Washington D.C. Introduces Weekend Brunch

City Winery Washington D.C., a charming multi-purpose venue overlooking the vibrant Ivy City neighborhood, has introduced weekend brunch to their repertoire. Created by Executive Chef Brandon Ingenito, the Saturday and Sunday midday menu captures sweet and savory Mediterranean flavors to complement the winery’s award-wining bottled and draft wines.

Philadelphia’s Thirsty Dice Creates Stranger Things Menu

To celebrate the return of Eleven, Mike, Will and the Stranger Things gang, Thirsty Dice, Philadelphia’s first board game café, is celebrating with a special menu for the month of July. See below for more information about their customized Stranger Things menu, available all month long.

Buffalo Wild Wings Serving Conor McGregor's Whiskey Nationwide

Buffalo Wild Wings is teaming up with Conor McGregor to bring his record-breaking Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey to sports bars across the U.S. Proper No. Twelve’s Triple Distilled Irish Whiskey is an ultra-smooth blend of golden grain and single malt with hints of vanilla, honey and toasted wood for a rich complexity.

A Reenergized Buffalo Wild Wings Gets Back to its Roots

In the ever-changing restaurant world, adaptation does not always mean chasing or creating trends, but sometimes going back to your roots. After shifting from its niche as the “great American sports bar” into a convenience-driven arena, Buffalo Wild Wings found itself falling behind the competition.

On the Border Launches 2 for $22 Deal

On the Border is offering the ultimate meal deal for any duo with its new Border Feast for 2, just $22.Beginning July 8, the world’s largest Mexican casual dining brand invites guests to take advantage of its new Border Feast for 2, which allows two guests to have two appetizers, two entrées and a dessert to share.

How to Design a Menu to Meet Delivery Demands

It isn’t a novel statement: Demand for delivery is shaking up the restaurant industry. Guests want the food they’d grab in-store, where they are, as fast as they can get it.For full-service restaurants, this means adapting to a more quick-serve style format.

Friendly’s Adds 'Deliciously Fun' Options to Summer Menu

Friendly’s Restaurant announced the launch of a several indulgent additions to its summer menu consisting of the following “Deliciously Fun” items:Lobster Quesadilla: For an entrée or appetizer, seasonal lobster tossed in warm garlic sauce and Monterrey Jack and cheddar cheeses are melted in between layers of flour tortilla, served with sour cream and salsa.