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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. 

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Arby's spicy roast beef sandwich

Arby's: Spicy Roast Beef Sandwich

Arby's has started 2023 out with a bang. There are loads of new items to try, and the most notable is the spicy roast beef sandwich. It includes the chain's signature meat along with jalapenos, fiery seasoning, spicy mayo, and lettuce. Also debuted is the loaded chicken bacon ranch mac and cheese made with chopped chicken nuggets, bacon, and parmesan peppercorn ranch on white cheddar mac and cheese. Plus boneless buffalo wings, crispy fish and King's Hawaiian fish sandwich, and mint chocolate shakes are all back.

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Starbucks: Pistachio Cream Cold Brew

Starbucks: Pistachio Cream Cold Brew

Starbuck's winter menu has arrived, and that includes the new pistachio cream cold brew this year. It's got vanilla-sweetened cold brew topped with pistachio cream cold foam and salted brown butter sprinkles. If hot drinks are more your jam, the pistachio latte is back as well.

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White Castle: Sloppy Joe Sliders and Mac and Cheese Nibblers
White Castle

White Castle: Sloppy Joe Sliders and Mac and Cheese Nibblers

Two comfort food items are back on the menu at White Castle. The sloppy joe sliders are made with ground beef in a tangy sauce with onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers, and come in plain, smoky, or spicy variations. Pair them with mac and cheese nibblers: mac and cheese coated in cheddar batter and deep fried.

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Chipotle: Lifestyle Bowls
Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chipotle: Lifestyle Bowls

Chipotle is hoping everyone jumps on the health bandwagon for the new year and has released a lineup of specialty diet bowls to help. They are: 

  • Balanced Macros Bowl: light white rice, chicken, fajita veggies, black beans, extra romaine lettuce, fresh tomato salsa, and guac.
  • Veggie Full Bowl: white rice, fajita veggies, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, and guac.
  • Wholesome Bowl: Supergreens lettuce blend, chicken, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa, and guac
  • Grain Freedom Bowl: Supergreens lettuce blend, chicken, fresh tomato salsa, tomatillo-red chili salsa, sour cream, and cheese
  • High Protein Bowl: white rice, double chicken, black beans, tomatillo-red chili salsa, romaine lettuce, and cheese
  • Plant-Powered Bowl: white rice, Supergreens lettuce blend, fajita veggies, sofritas, fresh tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, and guac
  • Go Half Veggie Bowl: half chicken, half sofritas, white rice, Supergreens lettuce blend, fajita veggies, fresh tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, and sour cream

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Wendy's: Italian Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich

Wendy's: Italian Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich

Wendy's is going over the top with its latest chicken sandwich offering. Though it sounds boring by name, the Italian mozzarella chicken has a deep fried mozzarella patty on it, like a giant mozzarella stick, plus it comes on a garlic knot bun. Asiago cheese and marinara round everything out.

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Burger King: Mexican Original Chicken Sandwich

Burger King: Mexican Original Chicken Sandwich

There's a new lineup of international-inspired original chicken sandwiches at BK, but only one is truly new. The Mexican original chicken sandwich tops the chain's oblong chicken patty sandwich with spicy queso and crispy jalapenos. You can also get an Italian and American version of the sandwich. Plus, the Quad BK Stacker is back for all the gluttons out there.

Taco Bell: Salsa Verde Grilled Chicken Burrito
Taco Bell

Taco Bell: Salsa Verde Grilled Chicken Burrito

Salsa verde is back on Taco Bell menus for a while. The salsa verde grilled chicken burrito includes rice, chicken, green salsa, sour cream, and cheese. The best part? It's only $2. Rumor has it that the chain's popular but short-lived spicy chicken wings will be back around Jan. 19.

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Pizza Hut: Oven-Baked Pastas
Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut: Oven-Baked Pastas

Pizza Hut has 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 John's

Papa Johns: Chicken Parmesan and Jalapeno Papa Bites

There are two new bread sides at Papa Johns this month. Papa Bites are made with the chain's breadstick dough wrapped around chicken, cheese, and marinara sauce, or jalapenos, cheese, and alfredo sauce. Both come with dipping sauce on the side as well. In late December, the chain debuted a sweet dessert option in the form of Oreo Cookie Papa Bites, which come with icing. 

Dairy Queen: Reese's Take 5 Blizzard
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen: Reese's Take 5 Blizzard

Though the fall Blizzards have officially gone, there's one holdout that's sticking around for a while longer at Dairy Queen. The Reese's Take 5 Blizzard will make all the peanut butter lovers happy with vanilla soft serve, Reese's peanut butter cups, peanuts, caramel, and pretzels blended into it.

Sonic steak and bacon grilled cheese

Sonic: Steak and Bacon Grilled Cheese and Pickle Fries

Sonic launched a new sandwich last month, and they've brought back a fan favorite side. Chopped steak and onions are grilled together for the steak and bacon grilled cheese, then toasted grilled-cheese style with bacon, barbecue sauce, mayo, and cheese between Texas toast. Grab one with a side of pickle fries, the fry-shaped, deep-fried pickle sticks served with ranch dressing for dipping.

Hardee's: Frisco Breakfast Sandwich

Hardee's: Frisco Breakfast Sandwich

Hardee's is known for it's Frisco sandwiches that are grilled on slices of toast. For breakfast, you can now get the Frisco breakfast sandwich, with ham, egg, Swiss, and American cheese on sourdough toast.

Del Taco: Orange Cream Shake
Del Taco

Del Taco: Orange Cream Shake

Del Taco might not be the place you'd expect to find great shakes, but they have a tempting selection. New this month is the orange cream shake, made with vanilla ice cream and orange Fanta. This is the first time the orange cream shake has made an appearance at Del Taco since 2014.

Popeyes: Ghost Pepper Wings

Popeyes: Ghost Pepper Wings

There are a few new items at Popeyes to start 2023. Ghost pepper wings are making another appearance with their spicy, crispy, Southern-style coating and ranch dipping sauce. There are also two new desserts: a strawberry cheesecake cup with graham cracker crust and strawberry puree, and a blueberry lemon pie with blueberry and lemon cream cheese filling.

Subway: Frontcourt Feast by Charles Barkley

Subway: Four New Subs and Salads

There are three new subs and a new salad at Subway, all with sports star tie-ins. 

  • Frontcourt Feast by Charles Barkley with salami, pepperjack, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and mayo
  • Redzone Roast by Tony Romo with roast beef, pepperjack, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mayo, oil, and vinegar
  • Grand Salami by Derek Jeter with turkey, salami, American cheese, lettuce, pickles, jalapenos, oil, and vinegar
  • Avocado Spike Bowl by Gronk with lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, shredded cheese, smashed avocado, and Baja chipotle sauce 

Chick-fil-A chicken tortilla soup

Chick-fil-A: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chick-fil-A is all ready to help you get through the dregs of winter with a bowl of hot soup. Fan favorite chicken tortilla soup includes shredded chicken breast, vegetables, and navy and black beans in a creamy soup base topped with crispy tortilla strips.

Panera: Toasted Baguette Sandwiches
Panera Bread

Panera: Toasted Baguette Sandwiches

There's a whole new sandwich lineup at Panera for the new year. They're all made on the chain's signature 10-inch baguettes and include:

  • Green Goddess Caprese Melt with peppadew peppers, fresh mozzarella, grated parmesan, basil, arugula, green goddess dressing, and garlic aioli
  • Pepperoni Mozzarella Melt with pepperoni, fresh mozzarella, fontina/mozzarella blend, and market sauce
  • Smoky Buffalo Chicken Melt with smoked chicken, American cheese, red onions, and Buffalo sauce
Zaxby's Asian Zensation Salad

Zaxby's: Asian Zensation Salad

Zaxby's has brought back its Asian Zensation salad at a time when more fast food chains are getting rid of salads altogether. A bed of mixed green, red cabbage, and carrots is topped with Asian slaw, wonton strips, honey sesame teriyaki glaze, and fried, grilled, or plant-based chicken. You also get a veggie eggroll on the side, which is available as a standalone side dish as well.

Whataburger: Breakfast Bowls and Dr. Pepper Shake

Whataburger: Breakfast Bowls and Dr. Pepper Shake

Whataburger has created some very diner-like breakfast bowls for a limited time. Both bowls come with a biscuit covered in creamy gravy, scrambled eggs, and two hash browns, plus your choice of sausage or bacon. For lunch or dinner, the fan favorite Dr Pepper shaker is back as well.

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Fazoli's Pizza Baked Spaghetti

Fazoli's: Pizza-Baked Spaghetti and Double-Stack Lasagna

Cold weather means hearty comfort food favorites at Fazoli's. The pizza-baked spaghetti is a returning fan favorite with layers of cheese and pepperoni baked on top. The cheesy double-stack lasagna is also back, and it's now a permanent menu item. It's got an impressive 18 layers of pasta, meat, and cheeses.

Smashburger Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Smashburger: Scorchin' Hot Crispy Chicken Sandwich

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

Dunkin' Bacon Avocado Tomato Sandwich

Dunkin': Brown Butter Toffee Latte and Bacon Avocado Tomato Sandwich

Brown butter is a trend that's showing up everywhere these days, and your Dunkin' coffee is no exception. The brown butter toffee latte includes bold espresso with more subtle brown butter and toffee notes. There's also a brand new sandwich that's filled with oven roasted tomatoes, avocado spread, and bacon on toasted sourdough. 

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.

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. 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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Jack in the Box: Deluxe Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box: Deluxe Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Maybe McDonald's discontinuation of its grilled chicken sandwiches sparked Jack in the Box to add a new one to its menu. The deluxe grilled chicken sandwich comes with bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and a creamy, tangy sauce on toasted sourdough bread. 

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

Long John Silver's: Lobster Bites and Wisconsin Cheese Bites

Lobster bites are back at Long John Silver's, and they're still served in the cute red lobster tail-shaped container. The fried bites contain lobster tail meat coated in a buttery, crunchy breading. You can order them on their own or in an individual or family meal paired with fish. Try them with the limited-time Wisconsin cheese bites, made with crispy fried white cheddar cheese.

Krispy Kreme Biscoff Cookie Doughnuts
Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme: Biscoff Doughnuts

There are three new doughnuts at Krispy Kreme inspired by Biscoff cookies and cookie butter. The Biscoff iced doughnut dips an original glazed doughnut in cookie butter icing, the Biscoff cookie butter cheesecake doughnut adds a swirl of cream cheese buttercream, and the Biscoff cookie butter cream filled doughnut is filled with cookie butter cream and topped with a swirl of dark chocolate.