Restaurant Menus Offering Bold Flavors, Spring Selections



Feeling hungry?  Tummy growling?  Check out the following menu offerings from some of your favorite restaurants and make plans to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner with family and friends.

Applebee’s has jazzed up its menu with the new Blackened Steak Penne, Blackened Chicken Penne and Bourbon Black & Blue Burger. The popular Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp is also back for a limited time.

Benihana is offering two March Chef’s Specials including Filet Mignon & Chicken for Two, a five-course feast for only $48 and Hibachi Mango Salmon for One, five courses for just $21.

California Tortilla offers up the Caribbean Mango Salad and the Caribbean Mango Burrito for a limited time.  In addition to the Mango Salsa and blackened chicken, both specials feature a Caribbean mango sauce. The salad also includes huge slices of Hass Avocados.

Cousins Subs is beefing up its Cheese Steak offering with four new subs featuring 50 percent more meat.  The new East Coast style subs include the original Cheese Steak, the Italian Cheese Steak, the new Philly Cheese Steak and the Double Cheese Steak.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store‘s new Spring Seasonings menu includes the Spring Wholesome Mornin’ Sampler, the Multigrain Pancake Breakfast, the Multigrain n’ Granola Pancake Breakfast, the Shrimp n’ Grits Skillet, the Grilled Chicken n’ Spinach Salad, the Haddock dinner and the Crustless Coconut Cream Pie.

Del Taco‘s menu includes the limited time addition of Shrimp Tacos and Burritos. Also returning are the Baja Shrimp Taco and Burrito, which made their debut last year featuring a tangy Baja sauce that adds another flavor option to the shrimp taco and burrito line up.

Denny’s has launched their new “Build Your Own Pancakes” menu, providing diners with more choice than ever before, satisfying sweet or savory cravings as well as the desire to design your meal.  Other menu options include the Sweet Pecana ‘Nana Pancakes Breakfast, the Peanut Butter Cup Pancakes Breakfast and the Bananaberry Pancakes Breakfast.

Dickey’s Barbecue, the restaurant chain known for its lip smackin’, rib ticklin’, foot stompin’ barbecue has created great tasting menu options that are all under 600 calories.  Options include smoked turkey breast, smoked chicken breast, smoked ham and lean brisket with assorted side items.

Dunkin’ Donuts new Angus Steak & Egg Sandwich, available for a limited time, is made with Angus beef topped with an egg and melted American cheese, freshly served on an oven-toasted onion bagel.

El Pollo Loco has expanded its Grilled Chicken Burrito line-up with the new Roja Wet Burrito and the Chicken Avocado Burrito.  The chain is also offering a deal on its flame-grilled chicken, twelve pieces (legs and thighs) with free tortillas for just $12.

FATZ refreshed Lite Side Menu provides 12 fresh, never-frozen healthy menu items, from the new Asian Chicken Salad and Lite Chocolate Mousse to the Lite Grilled Top Sirloin and Skinny Margarita, offering a blend of flavors with fewer than 550 calories.

First Watch, the Florida-based Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch restaurant chain has launched fifteen new menu items including four omelets, four sandwiches, three Skillet Hashes, one salad, a frittata, a Crepegg, and the Energy Bowl.  The popular “2 for You” lunch promotion, which allows customers to choose from half portions of salads or sandwiches or a cup of soup, will now be a permanent fixture on the core menu.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering up its Spring Break Celebration menu which includes a tender Filet Mignon and a sweet North Atlantic Lobster Tail, plus a starter course and a side, all for only $34.95.  The Spring Break Celebration is not on the regular menu and is available only upon request for a limited time.

Krispy Kreme brings you two new egg-shaped doughnut treats.  The Sprinkled Chocolate Iced Egg with KREME Filling and the Drizzled Iced Egg with Chocolate KREME Filling are available through April 8th.

La Madeleine French Country Cafe debuts its new spring menu.  Offerings include Parisien Tartine Trio & Citrus Salade, Roasted Vegetable Tartine, Balsamic Chicken & Tomato Tartine, Smoked Turkey & Prosciutto Tartine, Pasta Française and the Citrus Wild Field Salade with Chicken.

The New Miami Subs Grill has gone fishin’ and is offering specials on a variety of Arthur Treacher’s seafood items now through the end of April.  The menu includes a Fish Sandwich Combo, a Fish and Chips Basket, a Shrimp & Chips Basket and a Seafood Platter.  The seafood menu offerings are available now at select Miami Subs Grill locations starting at $3.99.

Papa John’s has unveiled its new Buffalo Chicken pizza – a savory combination of creamy ranch sauce, all-white sliced chicken strips, crispy bacon, fresh-sliced onions and 100% real cheese made from mozzarella, all topped with a tangy, spicy buffalo sauce.  A large Buffalo Chicken pizza is available for just $10.

Popeyes Butterfly Shrimp is slow-marinated in a unique blend of Louisiana seasonings, battered and fried up crispy. Served in Popeyes original Seafood Tackle Box, Popeyes Butterfly Shrimp features eight shrimp over a bed of Cajun Fries with a freshly-baked buttermilk biscuit for only $4.99.  You better hurry, though.  This offer ends March 25th.

Schlotzsky’s is featuring three new signature Hand-Carved Sandwiches – the Roasted Turkey with Avocado & Harvati Cheese, the Hickory Smoked Ham with Bacon, Harvati Chesse & Honey Dijon, and the Braised Beef with Mushrooms & Fire-Roasted Vegetables.

Seasons 52, the highly-acclaimed fresh grill and wine bar restaurant, has introduced its new spring menu including Artichoke & Goat Cheese Flatbread, Artichoke-Stuffed Artichoke Leaves, Tomato & Haas Avocado Salad, Columbia River Steelhead Trout, Spicy Snow Peas & Shiitake Mushrooms, Lamb T-bone Chops and Tiger Shrimp Penne Pasta.

Smashburger has introduced its newest burger, the Fresh Mex Burger, a 100 percent Certified Angus Beef burger topped with fresh avocado, chopped cilantro, onions, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream and spicy chipotle mayo on a Mexican roll, served with a wedge of lime. Guests may also opt for a Fresh Mex chicken sandwich served with the same savory combination on one of Smashburger’s juicy marinated chicken sandwiches.

Taco Bell‘s long-awaited Doritos Locos Tacos features a shell made out of Nacho Cheese Doritos chips on the outside, with the classic tastes of the Taco Bell crunchy taco on the inside.  The Doritos Locos Tacos is $1.29 (170 calories; 9g total fat) and $1.69 for a Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme (200 calories; 11g total fat) with reduced-fat sour cream and diced tomatoes.

The Cheesecake Factory scanned the globe for culinary inspiration, and has added more than a dozen innovative new menu items.  The new dishes include Santorini Farro Salad, SkinnyLicious Chicken Enchiladas, Island Grilled Chicken, Shrimp Creole among others.

Wendy’s new Spicy Guacamole Chicken Club starts with its original Spicy Chicken whole filet, a special blend of seven spices, a slice of all-natural pepper jack cheese, thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, a full slice of tomato and crisp, hand-leafed lettuce, all on a buttered toasted bun.