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Taqueria del Barrio Welcomes Spring with New Dishes, Drinks

Chef/Owner Anna Bran-Leis announced fresh additions to her daily menu at Taqueria del Barrio (821 Upshur Street NW; 202-723-0200), setting the stage for the approaching Cinco de Mayo holiday. Whether enjoying at one of the restaurant’s sunny sidewalk tables, at the horseshoe bar, or in either of the restaurant’s two colorful dining rooms, spring flavors abound on the plate and across the cocktail menu.

Cauliflower Evolves Into a Mainstream Menu Star

When California Pizza Kitchen announces its newest crust is made of cauliflower—that’s when you know. The beloved low-carb, gluten-free ingredient has gone from fringe trend to mainstream menu star.

IHOP Unveils King’s Hawaiian French Toast Nationwide

IHOP Restaurants unveiled its newest limited-time French toast innovation Monday in partnership with iconic King's Hawaiian sweet bread. The unexpected pairing puts a tropical spin on the breakfast favorite by taking the fluffy sweet rolls that are beloved around the world, dipping them in vanilla batter, and grilling them until golden brown.

Applebee's Brings Back $1 Margaritas for April

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar has brought back the $1 margarita, famously known as the DOLLARITA, to restaurants nationwide for the entire month of April. Served on the rocks and made with tequila and margarita mix, you'll be able to ring in spring and celebrate the return of warmer weather by saving on a neighborhood favorite.

Lazy Dog Introduces Seasonal Spring Menu

As the first glimpse of spring emerges, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar today introduces new seasonally inspired, handcrafted menu items that are infused with a variety of fresh ingredients. These 11 new menu items and five new beverages offer a flavor profile for everyone, including those looking for delicious meatless, vegan or gluten-free options.

Cracker Barrel Launches Savory Southern Bowls for a Limited Time

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store announced the introduction of seasonal Southern Bowls that serve up multiple flavors in one dish, whether at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Available at Cracker Barrel locations nationwide March 19 through May 6, Southern Bowls, which include a Fried Chicken Benedict Bowl, a Sausage, Grits Cakes n’ Green Tomato Gravy Bowl and a Ham n’ Maple Bacon Bowl, are all based in traditional homestyle food while offering new flavors that celebrate modern Southern influences.

Fogo de Chão Unveils Refreshing New Spring Menu

Fogo de Chão is launching a light and refreshing seasonal menu that features nutritious recipes and bright cocktails sure to put everyone in the mood for warmer weather. From a nutritious gluten-free salad and vegetarian soup to Brazilian-inspired beverages, new spring selections are now available at all Fogo locations nationwide for a limited time.

Rotolo's Debuts Seasonal Menu for Spring

Rotolo’s—the Baton Rouge-based pizzeria—is celebrating the arrival of spring by launching a special seasonal menu.The innovative chefs at Rotolo’s have incorporated the fresh taste of Spring into five delicious new dishes that are sure to please every palate, including:SaladsSpring Fling—fresh spinach tossed in Rotolo’s signature mix of lemon-honey vinaigrette and balsamic reduction, topped with onions, tomatoes, bacon, Parmesan, and fetaKickin’ Chicken—onions, green peppers, mushrooms, and chicken sautéed in buffalo sauce and served on a bed of romaine lettuce, topped with croutons, mozzarella cheese, and ranch or honey mustard dressingSandwichesThe Old Faithful—mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan, and feta, melted to perfection on a toasted baguette and served with a cup of tomato basil soup – perfect for dippin’Sausage & Peppers – sliced Italian sausage covered in caramelized onions and roasted red peppers with red gravy and aioli, served on a toasted baguette with chipsJulius Caesar’s Sausage—sliced Italian sausage topped with romaine that’s tossed in Rotolo’s Caesar dressing and finished with shredded Parmesan, served on a toasted baguette with chips“Our team is constantly experimenting with seasonal ingredients in order to ensure that we are serving our guests the freshest dishes possible,” says Mitch Rotolo Jr.

BOGO Ravioli at Brio Tuscan Grille & BRAVO Cucina Italiana

On March 20, which is National Ravioli Day, BRIO Tuscan Grille and BRAVO Cucina Italiana locations across the nation are celebrating this special day by offering a buy one ravioli dish, take one ravioli dish home for free promotion, while supplies last.

Can Mexican Chains Keep Pace with the Health-Conscious Movement?

Who could resist sitting down to a chicken burrito filled with cheese, rice and beans, a scrumptious quesadilla or delectable nachos topped off with a margarita? Sit-down Mexican chains such as On the Border, Abuelo’s, Cantina Laredo, and Uncle Julio’s, to name a few, have been capitalizing on satiating consumer preferences for tasty Mexican food for decades, which has led to expansion in many cases.

Buffalo Wild Wings is Mashing Up Wing Sauces in New Menu

In celebration of National Sauce Month, Buffalo Wild Wings took some inspiration from its employees and hacked its menu, putting a fresh spin on its popular wings with one-of-a-kind sauce mashups available in restaurant through B-Dubs Hackables.

Perkins Launches New Menu in Honor of 60th Anniversary

As Perkins Restaurant & Bakery celebrates its 60th Anniversary, it announced the rollout of a new menu; the launch of a "Kindness Served Daily" campaign; and the hire of Thomas Yun, Vice President of Food Innovation and Culinary.

Applebee's Offers $2 Vodka Lemonades in March

Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar is helping guests get ready for spring with a new, sunny cocktail at a great price. The latest Neighborhood Drink, the 2 DOLLAR ABSOLUT Vodka Lemonade, is a classic cocktail made with premium vodka and mixed with refreshing lemonade.