Pork is a menu must-have at restaurants around the country. Its flavor and versatility make it a top performer across dayparts – from Andouille sausage breakfast sandwiches to Thai pulled pork tacos, to chocolate-drizzled bacon breadsticks for dessert! Take a look at our report to see who’s doing more with the menu.

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  • Sizzler rolled out All-You-Can-Eat Pork Riblets at participating locations. The riblets are made with pork ribs, doused in honey barbecue sauce and served with a side of thick-cut steak fries (167 units, HQ in Mission Viejo, CA)
  • T.G.I. Friday’s rolled out new low-calorie food items and beverages. Options include Thai Pork Tacos—three soft corn tortillas filled with Thai marinated pulled pork, Sriracha aioli, ginger-lime slaw and hoisin sauce (555 units, HQ in Carrollton, TX)
  • Barberitos is adding slow-roasted pulled pork to its menu. The pork, featuring a dry-rub seasoning, can be added to any of Barberitos’ made-to-order offerings such as burritos or tacos (39 units, HQ in Athens, GA)
  • Wildflower Bread Company unveiled the newest additions to its seasonal menu lineup: (12 units, HQ in Scottsdale, AZ)
    • The Pulled Pork & Feta Sandwich – pickled red onions, cilantro and whole-grain mustard aioli on a grilled ciabatta roll
    • The Ultimate Pulled Pork & Egg Sandwich – fried egg, spinach, hollandaise and pickled red onions on a grilled brioche roll
    • Penne Bolognese pasta featuring pulled pork
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  • Roy Rogers Restaurants unveiled a limited-time Gold Rush Hot Ham ‘N Cheese Sandwich. The offering features Hormel Cure 81 ham, melted American and Monterey Jack cheeses and Gold Rush sauce (honey, barbecue sauce and sweet brown sugar) atop toasted sourdough bread (50 units, HQ in Frederick, MD)
  • The latest breakfast sandwich to join the Dunkin’ Donuts menu is the Eggs Benedict Breakfast Sandwich. The sandwich features Black Forest ham, egg and creamy Hollandaise sauce on an English muffin (7,306 units, HQ in Canton, MA)
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  • Taco Bell is launching breakfast on March 27th – and many of the items feature pork! Taco Bell features classic breakfast tastes with a Taco Bell twist – products uniquely wrapped up and portable for consumers’ “on-the-go” lifestyle: (5,695 units, HQ in Irvine, CA)
    • AM Crunchwrap – a choice of sausage or bacon, eggs, cheese, and a hash brown
    • The Waffle Taco – a waffle wrapped around a sausage patty or bacon, with scrambled eggs, cheese and a side of syrup
    • Bacon and sausage breakfast burritos
    • Grilled breakfast taco with bacon or sausage
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  • Au Bon Pain added several new bacon items: (197 units, HQ in Boston, MA)
    • Oven Hot Country Grilled Cheese, Tomato & Bacon – Cheddar, sliced tomato and Applewood-smoked bacon on country white bread
    • Bacon and Cheddar Scone – crumbled Applewood-smoked bacon, Cheddar and chives
  • Boston Market unveiled a new LTO: a Bacon Mac & Cheese side featuring a blend of four cheeses and bacon over cavatappi noodles baked until golden brown (469 units, HQ in Golden, CO)
  • Papa John’s rolled out Bacon Cheddarsticks. The item features fresh dough covered with a special garlic sauce, topped with hickory-smoked bacon and Cheddar and mozzarella cheeses then baked. The sticks are served with pizza sauce and a special garlic sauce for dipping (3,131 units, HQ in Louisville, KY)
  • Pizza Ranch brought back its Brushfire Pizza. The pizza is topped with large slices of Andouille sausage, Cajun seasoning and a splash of Tabasco sauce (174 units, HQ in Orange City, IA)
  • Toppers Pizza added Chocolate Baconstix, which are TopperstixTM dough topped with bacon and a chocolate drizzle (53 units, HQ in Whitewater, WI)
  • Bruegger’s Bagels unveiled The Big Easy, a breakfast sandwich made with eggs, Andouille sausage, Sriracha mustard and green peppers (297 units, HQ in Burlington, VT)
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  • Subway launched Flatizza, a flatbread-pizza option, nationwide after being tested in select markets in 2013. Menu options include: (25,549 units, HQ in Milford, CT)
    • Pepperoni Flatizza – a flatbread loaded with mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce and pepperoni
    • Spicy Italian Flatizza – a flatbread loaded with mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce, pepperoni and Genoa salami
  • Firehouse Subs released a new Hearty & Flavorful menu on February 24th which features a selection of sandwiches and salads all clocking in under 500 calories: (569 units, HQ in Jacksonville, FL)
    • Hook & Ladder Light – Virginia honey ham, smoked turkey breast, Monterey Jack, lettuce, tomato, onion, deli mustard, and light mayo served on a light wheat roll
    • Firehouse Salad – Virginia honey ham, romaine, tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, mozzarella, pepperoncini, Kalamata olives, and light Italian dressing
  • Denny’s monthly specials for March include many pork options: (1,590 units, HQ in Spartanburg, SC)
    • Loaded Breakfast Sandwich Plate – two strips of bacon, shaved ham, American cheese and an egg cooked to order on a toasted English muffin
    • Sausage Supreme Skillet – hash browns loaded up with crumbled sausage, diced bacon, hearty breakfast sausage, fire-roasted bell peppers and onions, sautéed mushrooms, smoky cheese blend, Pepper Jack queso and two eggs
    • Chicken Chorizo Skillet – red-skinned potatoes loaded up with: chorizo sausage, grilled chicken breast, fire-roasted bell peppers and onions, sautéed mushrooms, smoky cheese blend and Pepper Jack queso
  • Jack in the Box rolled out a limited-time Bacon Insider Burger. The burger features a beef patty with bacon pieces mixed in, six half slices of Hickory-smoked bacon, creamy bacon mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and American cheese on a brioche bun (2,255 units, HQ in San Diego, CA)