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Sirloin Steak is Benihana's October Special

Benihana Inc. has announced its latest featured menu item, USDA Prime Sirloin Steak, which will be available exclusively at Benihana restaurants beginning this October.  Benihana's USDA Prime Sirloin Steak features a 6.

First Watch Offers Limited-Time Dishes to Fall For

First Watch today unveiled its limited-time fall menu. The daytime café’s seasonal dishes, like the favorite Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast and the new Harvest Hash, incorporate ingredients like natural pumpkin purée and real sweet potatoes while eschewing synthetic flavors.

Maggiano's Creates Edge with Lighter Menu

About a year ago, a team from Maggiano's Little Italy sat down with focus groups in Atlanta and Chicago and asked them a simple question: What do you think about when you think of healthy Italian food?"They typically laughed or said it's an oxymoron, that it's impossible," says Michael Breed, senior director of marketing for Maggiano's.

TGI Fridays Extends Lineup of Endless Appetizers

TGI Fridays kicked up the heat today on its popular Endless Appetizer promotion with the introduction of two new endless apps: Sriracha Chicken Potato Skins and Spicy Chicken Tostadas.  Both new appetizers, plus Fridays' Ahi Tuna Crisps, will be added to the brand's popular Endless Appetizers promotion.

Innovative Beverage Options Drive More Visits

A fifth of today's consumers (21 percent, up from 16 percent in 2012) say that beverages play a very important role in deciding which restaurants to visit for meals.This increase is primarily driven by consumers aged 18–44, who tend to use beverages for a wide variety of occasions, including snacks and social visits.

Joe's Crab Shack Takes a Cue From the South

This fall, Joe's Crab Shack offers up a new set of featured menu items, including Southern Fried Maine Lobster and Loaded Crab Fries, providing guests with a more relaxed approach to seafood. No utensils are necessary for these hands-on dishes, available now through mid-November at Joe's Crab Shack restaurant locations.

The Bread Winner

Bread consumption ebbs and flows with culinary trends. One month bread takes a hit from the gluten-free movement; the next, artisan toast is all the rage. Overall, today’s bread baskets are too good to skip, with fancy bread service and flavorful spreads bringing renewed attention to the culinary staple that some call the staff of life.

Logan's Roadhouse Teams with Kenny Chesney

Logan's Roadhouse recently announced its Everlasting Summer promotion and exclusive partnership with Kenny Chesney and his Blue Chair Bay Rum."We greatly appreciate the opportunity to be the first national restaurant chain to feature Kenny's Blue Chair Bay Rum," says Bob Kim, Logan's Roadhouse vice president of marketing.

Red Robin Unveils its Southern Charm This Fall

This fall, the South is in the house at Red Robin with a new milkshake and burger. Beginning now through Nov. 2, guests 21 and over can enjoy the new Beam-N-Bacon Boozy Shake made with Jim Beam Maple Bourbon, caramel, and vanilla soft serve blended to perfection and topped with bacon bits and a strip of candied bacon.

Familiar Ingredients Encourage Healthy Purchases

New Mintel research finds that more often than not, diners eat with their eyes, not their stomachs, as about 38 percent of adults agree that if a healthy menu item sounds tasty in the menu description, they are more likely to order it.

Denny's Adds Craft Cocktail Bar in First Manhattan Location

Denny's today announced long-awaited plans to open its first-ever Manhattan location on Friday, Aug. 29, at 5 a.m. Located at 150 Nassau St. at the gateway to New York's Financial District, the new location incorporates locally-inspired, historical design elements with the classic, American diner atmosphere guests have come to expect from Denny's.

Portion Sizes and Menu Variety Drive Lunch Traffic

Consumers regularly eat lunch away from home, and on average, it is a couple of days a week. Operators have been focusing their efforts on gaining a larger share of lunch visits during this highly competitive daypart.

Mango Board Releases Guide for Menu Innovation

The National Mango Board announces the release of a new tool to inspire menu innovation, Mango Flavor Pairing Guide.The guide was developed to create excitement about fresh mango as a versatile ingredient, the key to innovation all across menus, all year round.