Chipotle: Plant-Based Chorizo
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New Fast Food Items You Can Try This Month

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Chipotle: Plant-Based Chorizo
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New Fast Food Items To Try

Fast food restaurants are always innovating — and competing — and that means there's always something new to try. McDonald's, Starbucks, Chick-Fil-A, Taco Bell, Subway, and other big chains introduce limited-time offerings regularly to entice customers to keep coming back. Here's what's new this month in the fast-food world.


Prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by location.


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Wendy's: Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger
Wendy's

Wendy's: Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger

Wendy's loves piling bacon on things, and the new Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger is no exception. It's topped with bacon, a sweet and savory bacon sauce, cheddar cheese spread, American cheese, and crispy onions. But the real new thing here is the bun, which is baked with cheddar on top for a caramelized cheese crust. 


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Burger King: Italian Original Chicken Sandwich
Burger King

Burger King: Italian Original Chicken Sandwich

The latest BK limited-time offer is the fan-favorite Italian version of the original chicken sandwich. The iconic oblong chicken patty gets a topping of mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce that's reminiscent of chicken parmigiana. 


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BEEFY MELT BURRITO
Taco Bell

Taco Bell: $2 Burritos

Taco Bell has updated its value menu to include three new $2 burritos — and removed a few items to make room. The fiesta veggie burrito includes black beans and guacamole, the chipotle ranch grilled chicken burrito is similar to a wrap, and the beefy melt burrito has all the faves like nacho cheese. Also watch out for the fabled chicken wings, which will only be available until Jan. 12, unless they sell out faster. 


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Arby's: Brisket Bacon 'n Beef Dip
Arby's

Arby's: Brisket Bacon 'n Beef Dip

Arby's is bucking the New Year's health food trend with its latest limited-time sandwich. The Brisket Bacon 'n Beef Dip includes sliced smoked brisket, roast beef, and bacon, plus Swiss cheese and a side of au jus for dipping. 


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Pizza Hut: Triple Treat Box
Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut: Triple Treat Box

Winter favorite Triple Treat Box is back at Pizza Hut this season. It feeds a family and comes in a festive 3-tiered carrying box. Inside are two medium 1-topping pizzas of your choice, five breadsticks, and 10 mini Cinnabon cinnamon rolls for a sweet treat.


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Papa Johns: NY Style Pizza
Papa John's

Papa Johns: NY Style Pizza

Papa Johns is taking a cue from New York for its latest limited time offer. The NY style pizza is an extra large with a thinner, foldable crust similar to what you'd get in the Big Apple. It comes with one topping on those oversized slices for $13.


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Long John Silver's: Lobster Bites
Long John Silver's

Long John Silver's: Lobster Bites

After a years-long hiatus, Lobster Bites have returned to Long John Silver's. They're made with 100% wild-caught Norway lobster tail, and come with a light, crispy, and buttery breading. They come packaged in an adorable lobster tail-shaped box.


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Sonic: Patty Melt
Sonic Drive-In

Sonic: Patty Melt

An all-American classic is back at Sonic this month. The patty melt comes with a quarter-pound beef patty, two slices of American cheese, grilled onions, mayo, and mustard all on crunchy griddled Texas toast. It's also available with a second patty for an additional charge.


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Hardee's: Really Big Hardee
Hardee's

Hardee's: Really Big Hardee

Forget your diet with Hardee's latest burger. The Really Big Hardee is an even larger version of the Big Hardee, a Big Mac-like double cheeseburger. It's got three beef patties, three slices of cheese, lettuce, and a classic Thousand-Island-like burger sauce.  


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Del Taco: 20 Under $2 Menu
Del Taco

Del Taco: 20 Under $2 Menu

Del Taco overhauled its value menu for 2022. There's now 20 items on it that are under $2. It includes old favorites like the $1 crispy chicken tacos, bean and cheese burritos, and a new option to add guacamole to crispy chicken and chicken del carbon tacos. It also includes drinks, like mini shakes and the new real strawberry Sprite.

Panda Express: Beyond the Original Orange Chicken
Panda Express/Beyond Meat

Panda Express: Beyond the Original Orange Chicken

Panda Express teamed up with Beyond Meat to bring a plant-based orange chicken entree to the chain. The vegan crispy nuggets are tossed in the chain's signature tangy orange sauce. The dish is available at select locations in 9 states, and you can look up locations near you online.


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Bojangles: Bo's Chicken Sandwich
Bojangles

Bojangles: Bo's Chicken Sandwich

Bojangles has revamped its fried chicken sandwich as the newest entrant in the chicken sandwich wars. The chicken breast is marinated with spices and has hand-breaded crispy buttermilk coating. It's served on a buttered and toasted bun with two thick-cut dill pickle slices and mayonnaise. Like everything at Bojangles, you can add a thick smear of pimento cheese to gild the lily.

Potbelly: Avo Turkey Sandwich
Potbelly

Potbelly: Avo Turkey, Steakhouse Beef, Chicken Club Sandwiches

Potbelly has updated its menu with three new choices. The Avo Turkey includes sliced turkey, Swiss, sliced avocado, and cucumbers. The Chicken Club includes grilled chicken, bacon, and cheddar. Finally, the Steakhouse Beef includes roast beef, blue cheese, provolone, and horseradish aioli. All their subs now come in longer original and big sizes.

Popeyes: Homestyle Mac and Cheese
Popeyes

Popeyes: Homestyle Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese got an upgrade at Popeye's recently. It's now homestyle, which means it's made with butter and cream and baked with a layer of cheddar cheese on top. It gets golden brown and delicious after a quick trip in the oven.


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Subway: Baja Steak and Jack Sub
Subway

Subway: Baja Steak and Jack Sub

After a lackluster total menu overhaul last year, Subway is still adding to its menu. The Baja Steak and Jack Sub is made with shaved steak, pepperjack, green peppers, red onions, and a new smoky Baja chipotle sauce with paprika, cumin, and guajillo chiles. 


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Fazoli's: Mac and Cheese
Fazoli's

Fazoli's: Mac and Cheese

It's hard to find a food more comforting than mac and cheese, and Fazoli's is betting you'll need some comfort food this season. There are three new mac and cheese entrees available, including panko-crusted, Angus beef, and lobster. All three have cavatappi pasta coated in a creamy sauce with shredded cheese baked on top, along with parmesan panko breadcrumbs, slow-cooked beef, or lobster and langostino. 


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Culver's: Southwest Avocado Salad
Culver's

Culver's: Southwest Avocado Salad

It's time to get your greens on at Culver's with the Southwest avocado salad. A bed of mixed greens is topped with avocado chunks, grape tomatoes, red onions, feta cheese, diced grilled chicken, and tortilla strips. Zesty avocado dressing livens the whole bowl up. 

Chick-Fil-A: Chicken Tortilla Soup
Chick-Fil-A

Chick-Fil-A: Chicken Tortilla Soup

A seasonal fan favorite soup is back this month at Chick-Fil-A, a restaurant that doesn't make many changes to its menu. The Chicken Tortilla Soup is creamy and full of shredded chicken, beans, vegetables, and Mexican-inspired spices. It's just in time to warm everyone up as the weather turns cold.


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Firehouse Subs: BBQ Cuban
Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs: BBQ Cuban

The South meets Cuba in the latest offering from Firehouse Subs. The BBQ Cuban Sub includes smoky pulled pork, sliced honey ham, Swiss cheese, sweet and smoky chipotle slaw, spicy pickles, mayo, and mustard-based barbecue sauce. Don't forget to heat it up with one of the chain's hot sauces.


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Moe's: Loaded Steak and Potato Burrito
Moe's Southwest Grill

Moe's: Loaded Steak and Potato Burrito

Winter is time for hearty meat and potatoes, even in the world of fast food burritos. Moe's has brought back its loaded steak and potato burrito that's filled with sirloin steak, seasoned potatoes, bacon, sour cream, cheese, and queso. And new this year, you can get loaded potatoes as a side dish with potatoes, bacon, cheese, queso, and sour cream.

Chipotle: Plant-Based Chorizo
Chipotle

Chipotle: Plant-Based Chorizo

Figuring that consumers will be more health conscious this month, Chipotle has launched a new plant-based chorizo. It's made primarily with pea protein, and is flavored with chipotle, tomato paste, garlic, and smoked paprika for a flavor just like its pork-based counterpart.


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