Quick service operators develop innovative potato dishes as menu options.
Menu Innovations
Consider the spud. Sure, it’s often thought of as a simple, standard restaurant staple—and in the quick-service field often relegated to the side of the plate or presented in fried format—but it also can be the subject of inspiration and kitchen creativity. Potatoes are also a cost-effective...
Quick service restaurants can learn potato tips from Trine University chef.
Ingredients & Dayparts
Many people think of baked potatoes and french fries when it comes to potato dishes in restaurants. What are some new ways potatoes are finding their way to menus? I think smashing or ripping and then flash frying is a hot trend right now. Poutine is still pretty hot out there, and I’ve had really...
Quick service restaurant giant Taco Bell innovates breakfast menu with biscuit taco.
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Brian Niccol is a man on a mission. In the nearly two years since Niccol was tabbed as Taco Bell’s president, and in the three months since he became chief executive, the Mexican-inspired quick-service restaurant chain has been an innovation engine for its parent company, Yum! Brands. Last year...
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Sweetgreen has upped the ante on its premium salads with the addition of salmon. The Washington, D.C.–based fast casual will serve the new protein for nine weeks as part of its spring seasonal menu. “This, to me, is a game changer because there’s no one else doing what we’re doing with salmon,”...
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After years of trial and error, Panda Express introduced its new Chinese Spare Ribs last week. Slow-cooked, bone-in ribs are rare within the limited-service sector, and Panda Express's rendition will be available through July 28. “As a family-owned company, we believe in connecting people through...
Quick service and fast casual brands adapt to menu labeling regulations.
Healthy Menus
Consumers looking over menuboards at their favorite quick-serve restaurants are going to notice some changes in 2015, as the calorie-labeling mandate that was created in 2010 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in...
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Dog Haus, a Southern California–based hot dog concept, is in the final stages of implementing self-service beer stations in two locations. The self-serve iPourIt system allows customers to pay for a pre-loaded card and make their selections on an iPad attached to beer stations in the store. Dog...
Quick service restaurants face competition in C stores and supermarkets.
Competition
It’s a brave new foodservice world. The quick-service restaurant community is facing increasing competition from supermarkets, convenience stores, and big-box retailers that are offering their own prepared food choices and branded restaurant concepts. While retail food offerings are not a new...
QSR brands must adapt new technology tools to improve business potential.
Every day, entrepreneurs dream up new ways to “disrupt” so-called “legacy” businesses like quick-service restaurants.
Fast food operators are testing menu concepts at food halls across country.
A world traveler, Mary Nguyen Aregoni marveled at the markets peppering international destinations she visited around the globe—the flurried action that attacked the senses, the swirling energy that inspired wonder.
A quiche hits the spot any time of day.
Breakfast has always broken the rules.Whereas frosted cinnamon buns, bowlfuls of chocolate-flavored puffed rice, and jelly doughnuts dusted with powdered sugar are considered perfectly acceptable morning mealtime fare, anyone besides a college student who breaks out the same items for dinner on a re
QSR operators work to make higher wages effective in restaurant operation.
The minimum wage is on the mind of most quick-service operators today, especially as many states and cities pass regulations that bump the minimum wage upward.But when Moo Cluck Moo founder Brian Parker and his team first sat down to discuss employee pay, he says, the minimum wage wasn’t even
Young QSR diners look for more premium and bold flavors like high quality seafood dishes.
Regular readers of this column know that for some years now, I’ve been dispensing suggestions on how quick-serve chains can do more to court millions of Millennials, aka members of Generation Y, whose adventurous palates, curious minds, and unconventional tastes have often made them elusive qu
QSR brands plate fresh and natural ingredients to improve health and nutrition.
Fresh has become a mantra of the restaurant industry these days, and there’s nothing that conveys fresh better than using raw items, particularly fruits and vegetables.