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New Fast-Food Items You Can Try This Month

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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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McDonald's Cheese Danish

McDonald's: Cheese Danish

McDonald's is bringing back a breakfast pastry it served briefly in the 1980s, the cheese danish. It's a flaky pastry filled with sweet cream cheese and topped with crumbly streusel and a drizzle of vanilla glaze. It'll be available all day long starting in mid-September. 

Arby's Prime Rib Cheesesteak

Arby's: Prime Rib Cheesesteak

A fan favorite has returned to Arby's this month. The prime rib cheesesteak is made with sliced prime rib, fire-roasted red and yellow pepper strips, and melted provolone cheese all piled into a sub roll. 

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Starbucks Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato

Starbucks: Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato

Sure, we all know that the pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks. But there's something more interesting this year: the first vegan fall option. The apple crisp oatmilk macchiato is plant-based by default when you order it, and that's a big deal since the pumpkin spice syrup isn't vegan. 

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Krispy Kreme: Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts
Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme: Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme waded into the pumpkin spice battle this year by rolling out the divisive flavor in doughnuts and coffee on Aug. 8. There are six beloved (hated?) items being released:

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte: A drink flavored with pumpkin pie sauce, topped with whipped cream and pumpkin spice seasoning — available hot, iced or frozen
  • Pumpkin Spice Iced Coffee: Iced coffee blended with pumpkin pie sauce
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte Swirl Doughnut: A pumpkin spice doughnut dipped in a pumpkin spice/sugar blend and topped with vanilla and coffee buttercream
  • Pumpkin Spice Original Glazed Doughnut: A classic glazed doughnut with a pumpkin spice twist
  • Pumpkin Spice Original Filled Cheesecake Doughnut: A pumpkin spice original glazed doughnut with cheesecake filling decorated with cheesecake icing
  • Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut: A spiced old-fashioned cake doughnut covered in glaze

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White Castle 1921 Slider
White Castle

White Castle: 1921 Ghost and BBQ Bacon Sliders

White Castle has added two new sliders to its menu, expanding the 1921 slider offerings which hark back to the chain's founding. The 1921 Ghost is made with super hot ghost pepper pepper cheese, while the 1921 BBQ Bacon is ghost pepper cheese, bacon, and Sweet Baby Ray's honey barbecue sauce. Both includes caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and pickle.

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Chipotle Pollo Asado
Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle: Pollo Asado

Chicken is the most popular protein at Chipotle, so it's about time the fast-casual chain added a second option to the menu after — wait for it — 29 years. Pollo asado is marinated with garlic and bright guajillo chiles, then grilled, chopped, and mixed with fresh-squeezed lime and cilantro for a tangy, refreshing finish. You can top your bowls and stuff your burritos with it nationwide after a successful test run late last year. 

Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger

Wendy's: Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger

The popular pretzel bacon pub cheeseburger has returned to Wendy's this month. The quarter-pound beef patty is topped with beer cheese sauce, muenster cheese, bacon, smoky honey mustard, crispy fried onions, and pickles on a pretzel bun. Plus, Wendy's debuted homestyle french toast sticks for breakfast, complete with syrup for dipping, of course.

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Burger King $6 Your Way Meal
Burger King

Burger King: $6 Your Way Meal

Burger King has quietly replaced its premium chicken sandwich lineup — the Ch'Kings — with a whole new revamped menu. The BK Royal crispy chicken sandwiches are made with crispy chicken breast filets and come on toasted potato buns. There are four options:

  • BK Royal crispy chicken with new savory royal sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes
  • BK Spicy Royal crispy chicken with new triple pepper spicy glaze, savory sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes
  • BK Bacon and Swiss Cheese Royal crispy chicken with royal sauce, Swiss cheese, crispy bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes
  • BBQ Bacon and Cheese BK Royal crispy chicken with southern-spiced barbecue sauce, bacon, and melted American cheese
Taco Bell Chipotle Cheddar Chalupa
Taco Bell

Taco Bell: Grilled Cheese Burrito and Chipotle Cheddar Chalupa

Neither of Taco Bell's latest limited time specials have been gone for very long, but many fans are happy to have them back. The grilled cheese burrito is made with a layer of crispy, caramelized cheese grilled onto the outside of the tortilla, and is available with ground beef or steak. Also back is the chipotle cheddar Chalupa filled with ground beef or black beans. Plus, keep your eyes open around September 15th because that's the final return date of the infamous Mexican pizza.

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Pizza Hut: Oven-Baked Pastas
Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut: Detroit-Style Pizza and Oven-Baked Pastas

Lovers of Detroit-style pizza will be happy that it's back again at Pizza Hut for a limited time. It's rectangular, with a crispy, caramelized cheese edge and sauce above toppings. The chain has also brought back baked pastas, this time with four variations.

  • Oven-baked chicken alfredo: New creamy alfredo sauce, grilled chicken, cheese, Parmesan, and Parmesan-oregano seasoning
  • Oven-baked Italian meats: Sweet tomato sauce, pepperoni, Italian sausage, cheese, Parmesan, and Parmesan-oregano seasoning
  • Oven-baked cheesy alfredo: New creamy alfredo sauce and two layers of cheese, including Parmesan on top
  • Oven-baked veggie: Sweet tomato sauce, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, black olives, cheese, Parmesan, and Parmesan-oregano seasoning

As a bonus, all the oven-baked pastas come with five breadsticks on the side, which can be upgraded to cheese sticks.

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Papa Johns Papa Bowls
Papa Johns

Papa Johns: Papa Bowls

Papa Johns has released its first ever "crustless" pizza in the form of Papa bowls. It's simply all the usual pizza toppings, including sauce, cheese, meat, and veggies, all baked in a bowl instead of on a crust. You can create your own bowl or try one of three standard bowls: Italian meats trio, chicken alfredo, and garden veggie.

Dairy Queen Fall Blizzards
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen: Fall Blizzards

The new fall Blizzard menu is out, so when you get sick of your hot pumpkin spice latte, head to DQ for your fall fix. There are five new additions:

  • Pumpkin pie
  • Cinnamon roll centers
  • Oreo hot cocoa
  • Snickers brownie
  • Reese's Take 5

Sonic Chophouse Cheeseburger

Sonic: Chophouse Cheeseburger and Churros

Sonic is going for an upscale steakhouse feel with its new chophouse cheeseburger. It comes with two slices of American cheese, a bold and tangy chophouse aioli sauce, and crispy onion strings on a brioche bun. Also new are bite-size cinnamon-and-sugar-covered churros, which you can get in an order of five or blended into a shake with caramel.

Hardee's: Peaches and Cream Fried Pie

Hardee's: Peaches and Cream Fried Pie and Frisco Breakfast Sandwich

A summer just isn't the same without peach pie, at least to Hardee's. Its new turnover-style fried pie is filled with peaches and a sweet cream cheese that's reminiscent of cheesecake, all wrapped in a flaky, deep-fried pie crust. At breakfast, you can now get the Frisco breakfast sandwich as well, with ham, egg, Swiss, and American cheese on sourdough toast.

Del Taco Tortas
Del Taco

Del Taco: Tortas

Del Taco is going somewhere most Mexican fast food restaurant have never gone before: sandwiches. There are three new tortas, all served on 7-inch toasted rolls:

  • Carne asada and queso with grilled steak, creamy queso blanco, cheddar, and pico de gallo and served in a 7-inch toasted signature roll.
  • Chicken BLT with grilled chicken, bacon, ranch, cheddar, shredded lettuce, and pico de gallo.
  • Crispy chicken and guac with two crispy chicken strips, ranch, guacamole, cheddar, shredded lettuce, and pico de gallo
Popeyes Banana Cream Cake

Popeyes: Banana Cream Cake and Hushpuppy Butterfly Shrimp

One new item is making waves at Popeyes. The banana cream cake is a single serve vanilla cake round topped with whipped banana cream and wafer crumbs in an ode to the Southern classic banana pudding. On the savory side, Popeyes has brought back hushpuppy butterfly shrimp, coated in a crispy hushpuppy cornmeal batter, fried, and served with Creole cocktail sauce. 

Subway: Subway Series Menu

Subway: Subway Series Menu

Subway has decided to revamp its menu — again — and is now offering a dozen subs that come with predetermined ingredients and toppings, so you can order them by name or number, similar to other sub chains. There are three subs each in the categories of cheesesteaks, Italians, chicken, and clubs:

  • #1 The Philly: cheesesteak with double provolone cheese, toasted on Artisan Italian, topped with green peppers, red onions and mayo
  • #2 The Outlaw: steak with double pepperjack, green peppers, red onions, and Baja chipotle sauce, toasted on Artisan Italian bread
  • #3 The Monster: steak, bacon, double Monterey cheddar, green peppers and red onions, toasted on Artisan Italian bread with peppercorn ranch
  • #4 Supreme Meats: ham, Genoa salami, pepperoni, and capicola on Artisan Italian with provolone, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, banana peppers, and Parmesan vinaigrette
  • #5 Bella Mozza: ham, capicola, and fresh mozzarella on Artisan Italian bread with spinach, tomatoes, red onions, banana peppers, and Parmesan vinaigrette
  • #6 The Boss: meatballs in marinara with pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, and Parmesan on Italian herbs and cheese bread
  • #7 The MexiCali: rotisserie-style chicken with avocado, double pepperjack, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and Baja chipotle sauce on toasted Artisan Italian bread
  • #8 The Great Garlic: rotisserie-style chicken, bacon, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and new creamy garlic aioli toasted on Artisan Italian bread 
  • #9 The Champ: rotisserie-style chicken, double Monterey cheddar cheese, green peppers, red onions, and peppercorn ranch and on Artisan Italian bread
  • #10 All-American Club: turkey, ham, and bacon with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and mayo on Artisan Italian bread
  • #11 Subway Club: turkey, ham, and roast beef with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and mayo on multigrain bread
  • #12 Turkey Cali Club: turkey, bacon, fresh mozzarella, and avocado with spinach, tomatoes, red onions, and mayo, toasted on multigrain bread

Peach milkshake

Chick-fil-A: Peach Milkshake

"Peach milkshake season is here," according to Chick-fil-A's website. The staple comes back every summer, so everyone who has been counting down can finally enjoy one. If shakes are not your drink of choice, try a new Frosted Cloudberry Lemonade made with vanilla ice cream, lemonade, and cloudberry and cherry flavors.

Checkers: Bacon Brewhouse Mother Cruncher
Checkers and Rally's

Checkers: Bacon Brewhouse Mother Cruncher

There's a new version of the Mother Cruncher chicken sandwich at Checkers. The bacon brewhouse Mother Cruncher includes the usual crispy fried chicken breast along with savory beer cheese sauce made with bacon, two strips of bacon, spicy pickles, and crispy onion strips. 

KFC: $5 Mac and Cheese Bowls

KFC: $5 Mac and Cheese Bowls

Thanks to popular demand, mac and cheese bowls are back at KFC. They were first introduced in 2019, and it's no surprise that the $5 meals would be a hit while inflation runs rampant. Each bowl is filled with mac and cheese, sprinkled with shredded cheese and topped with popcorn chicken. A drizzle of Nashville hot sauce is optional.

Panera Cinnamon Crunch Latte

Panera: Cinnamon Crunch Latte

Not one to be outdone by Starbucks, Panera has brought back all its fall-flavored items — but you won't find any pumpkin spice here. The main fall coffee drink is the cinnamon crunch latte, with cinnamon syrup, whipped cream, and a sprinkle of cinnamon crunch topping similar to its cinnamon crunch bagel. It's available hot or iced.

Zaxby's: Signature Club Sandwich

Zaxby's: Signature Club Sandwich and Fried Pickles

Zaxby's is gussying up its fried chicken sandwich as a new club variety. It comes with the chain's signature fried chicken filet, American cheese, bacon, pickles, and creamy Zax sauce. It's also available in a spicy version, and both are permanent menu items. Also new and permanent are the fan-favorite fried pickles.

Whataburger: Bacon Blue Cheese Burger

Whataburger: Bacon Blue Cheese Burger

There's a lot new at Whataburger this month, including the bacon blue cheese burger. It's a double burger with bacon, blue cheese, grilled onions, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and peppercorn ranch. You can also get that sauce on the new peppercorn ranch chicken club sandwiches, served with grilled or crispy chicken filets on Texas toast. On the sweet side of things, try a new banana pudding shake or a chocolate chunk brownie.

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Fazoli's: Philly Cheesesteak and Garlic Chicken Ravioli

Fazoli's: Philly Cheesesteak and Garlic Chicken Ravioli

It's a ravioli fest right now at Fazoli's. There's two new offerings: Philly cheesesteak and garlic chicken. Cheese ravioli is combined with thinly sliced steak, bell peppers, onions, and a beef cream sauce in the Philly version, while the garlic chicken includes cheese ravioli, a creamy three-cheese sauce, chicken, and plenty of garlic. 

Smashburger Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Smashburger: Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Smashburger is adding some heat to its menu by bringing back a fan favorite chicken sandwich. The Scorchin' Hot crispy chicken sandwich feature a fried chicken breast coated in Nashville hot sauce, plus spicy red pepper mayo and pickles. 

Dunkin' Nutty Pumpkin Coffee

Dunkin': Nutty Pumpkin Coffee

You can head to Dunkin' for your fall pumpkin fix. New this year is the nutty pumpkin coffee, which combines hazelnut syrup with pumpkin spice and cream for a new take on the classic. You can also get the good old pumpkin spice latte, of course, along with a pumpkin cream cold brew.

Bojangles: Sweet Potato Pie

Bojangles: Sweet Potato Pie

Southern biscuit haven Bojangles has brought back a fan-favorite dessert for a limited time. The sweet potato pie is filled with creamy, smooth sweet potato filling wrapped in crunchy crust and topped with cinnamon butter spread.

Wingstop Chicken Sandwich

Wingstop: Chicken Sandwich

Wingstop has finally entered the chicken sandwich wars. It's a pretty standard fried chicken breast on a bun with pickles, but where it differs from the other guys is the sauces. You can have it tossed in any of the chain's 12 sauces or rubs, like lemon pepper, Cajun, or hot honey. Plus, it comes with a side of ranch for dipping no matter what which you choose. 

Qdoba: Citrus Lime Shrimp

Qdoba: Citrus Lime Shrimp

There's a new protein option at Qdoba. Citrus lime shrimp is made with sustainably sourced seafood that's sauteed in tangy citrus lime sauce. You can try it in the new surf and turf burrito bowl with steak, or choose it as your protein in any of the chain's items. 

Taco John's: Mini Fried Chicken Taco
Taco John's

Taco John's: Mini Fried Chicken and Grande Beef Tacos

The value menu at Taco John's has two new additions this month. The mini fried chicken taco is $2 and includes a crispy chicken tender, crumbled queso fresco, jalapeno ranch, and pico de gallo. The grande beef taco is $3 and comes with seasoned ground beef, Potato Olés, lettuce, cheddar, sour cream, pico de gallo, and mild sauce. 

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