Pork is a menu must-have at restaurants around the country. It’s the perfect canvas for creative expression, and an exciting addition to any daypart – from a loaded croissant breakfast sandwich made with Black Forest ham, bacon and sausage, to spicy eggrolls filled with bourbon-infused pulled pork, to pork chop Milenesa and prosciutto-wrapped shrimp. Take a look at our report to see who’s innovating with pork.

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  • Bravo! Cucina Italiana is featuring Pork Chop Milanese with panzanella salad. (49 units, HQ in Columbus, OH)
  • Bennigan’s added three pork items to the menu: (28 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
    •  Knife & Fork Carnitas Sandwich – seared and braised pork topped with roasted red bell peppers, Irish whiskey-caramelized onions, pico de gallo, pepper Jack cheese, avocado slices and chipotle ranch dressing, served on a garlic butter-toasted Philly roll
    • Pulled Pork Pub Bites – seared and braised pork tossed in barbecue sauce, topped with avocado slaw and fried onions, served on toasted brioche buns with pickle chips
    • Korean BBQ Burger – Korean barbecue-braised and seared pork, pepper Jack cheese, Sriracha mayonnaise, pickled vegetables, sliced jalapeños and cilantro on a half-pound beef burger
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  • Noodles & Company released three Buff Bowl options, including Buff Pesto with Naturally Raised Pork served on a bed of spinach with garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes. (439 units, HQ in Broomfield, CO)
  • Hooters added Hooters-Style Ribs to their summer menu.  The ribs are slow-cooked in a choice of sauce, including a new White Lightnin’ sauce with Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine, bourbon, vinegar, molasses and cayenne pepper. (367 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)
  • Ninety Nine Restaurants added Stacked Apple BBQ Ribs with sweet apple barbecue sauce. (104 units, HQ in Nashville, TN)
  • Potbelly Sandwich Shop is now selling a barbecue pulled pork sandwich, made with tender, slow-smoked pulled pork. (351 units, HQ in Chicago, IL)
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  • Quiznos is offering slow-roasted pulled pork for the third summer and has introduced two sandwiches that feature the product. (2,100 unites, HQ in Denver, CO)
    • Southern BBQ – served with mozzarella and Cheddar cheese, pickles, yellow mustard and their signature barbecue sauce
    • Cuban – served with ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill launched a limited-time Sriracha Nacho Stack, made with pulled pork,pinto or black beans, Cotija cheese, Sriracha sauce, pickled jalapeños, shredded cheese, pico de gallo and Moe’s Famous queso, stacked between two crunchy corn shells and wrapped in a grilled flour or whole-grain tortilla. (581 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)
  • Firehouse Subs brought back its King’s Hawaiian Pork & Slaw Sandwich, which features a toasted King’s Hawaiian bun topped with 12-hour pit-smoked pulled pork, Wisconsin pepper Jack cheese and Hawaiian coleslaw. The sandwich chain also rolled out a line of Cold Deli Heroes: (850 units, HQ in Jacksonville, FL)
    • Sicilian – hot capicola, ham, salami and pepperoni with provolone, sweet and cherry peppers, lettuce, tomato, onions, mayonnaise, spicy mustard and Italian dressing
    • Hook & Ladder Hero – smoked turkey breast, ham, Monterey Jack cheese, lettuce, onion, mayonnaise, mustard and Italian dressing
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  • California Tortilla added Carnitas Verde Street Tacos with carnitas, enchilada sauce and onion-cilantro relish. (43 units, HQ in Rockville, MD)
  • The Cheesecake Factory added the Carolina BBQ Pork Sandwich, made with tender pulled pork and Applewood-smoked bacon topped with creamy coleslaw on a grilled bun with pickles and barbecue sauce. (176 units, HQ in Calabasas Hills, CA)
  • Burger King added a Fully Loaded Croissan’wich, made with Black Forest ham, sausage, thick-cut bacon, eggs and American cheese on a toasted croissant. (7,142 units, HQ in Miami, FL)
  • Old Country Buffet/HomeTown Buffet unveiled Carvery Stations featuring premium meats, including ham, smoked sausage, baby back ribs, and fried pork chops. (193 units, HQ in Greer, SC)
  • Wayback Burgers is featuring a Pulled Pork Burger, with pulled pork over a beef patty with house-made coleslaw, barbecue sauce and American cheese. (85 units, HQ in Cheschire, CT)
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  • Applebee’s added several new sandwiches and bar snacks to its menu: (1,870 units, HQ in Kansas City, MO)
    • Triple Hog Dare Ya Sandwich – pulled pork, Black Forest ham, thick-sliced bacon, crispy onions and melted Cheddar on a ciabatta bun
    • Clubhouse Grille – Black Forest ham, turkey, bacon, Cheddar, Jack and honey barbecue sauce
    • Salsa Verde Nachos – topped with pulled pork
  • Square 1 Burger & Bar is offering Spicy Eggrolls, filled with Wild Bourbon Pulled Pork, slaw, pepper Jack cheese and served with a side of SQ1 Sooner Sauce. (8 units, HQ in Tampa Bay, FL)
  • Golden Corral is offering breakfast all day, and the buffet menu will include items like pork belly, bacon, pit-smoked ham and sausage as well as other pork items. (500 units, HQ in Raleigh, NC)
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  • Starbucks added Savory Foldovers made with La Boulange croissant dough to its breakfast menu: (12,107 units, HQ in Seattle, WA)
    • Pepperoni & Tomato Foldover – pepperoni, tomato and cheese
    • Ham & Cheese Foldover – sliced ham, Swiss cheese and bechamel sauce
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill rolled out Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp, made with wood-grilled shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, topped with lemon butter and served over orzo pasta with tomatoes, Kalamata olives, red onion and lemon. (243 units, HQ in Tampa, FL)
  • Olive Garden added the limited-time Sausage-Stuffed Giant Rigatoni to its permanent menu. (838 units, HQ in Orlando, FL)
  • Flip Burger Boutique is featuring a Carnitas Burger, a specially seasoned pork patty served with cilantro-lime mayo and topped with shredded pork carnitas. (5 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)
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  • Hard Rock Cafe rolled out a menu of burgers created for specific global markets in its U.S. locations: (47 units, HQ in Orlando, FL)
    • Schnitzel Burger (Germany) – two pieces of pork schnitzel with sauerkraut, brown mustard and bacon
    • Cuban Burger (Miami) – marinated pulled pork over a beef patty with melted Swiss cheese and sweet plantains
  • Uncle Maddio’s added two pizzas with prosciutto: (30 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)
    • Sunnyside ­– pizza crust brushed with garlic olive oil and topped with fresh mozzarella, shredded mozzarella, crispy prosciutto, a sunny side up egg and arugula
    • Peachy Keen – pizza crust brushed with garlic olive oil and topped with shredded mozzarella, caramelized onions, crispy prosciutto, feta crumbles, peaches, basil and balsamic glaze
  • Which Wich Superior Sandwiches added two bacon delights: (328 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
    • BLT – eight strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and chipotle mayonnaise, served on sourdough bread
    • Bacon milkshake – with four slices of bacon and a bacon straw
  • Papa Murphy’s Pizza launched two pork LTO pizzas: (1,433 units, HQ in Vancouver, WA)
    • The BBQ Pizza – pork sausage with KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce and whole-milk mozzarella cheese
    • The Greek Pizza – signature pizza sauce and basil pesto, topped with black olives, Roma tomatoes, pepperoni, feta, mozzarella and a banana-pepper garnish
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  • Del Frisco’s Grille is making city-specific burgers showcasing local flavors, many of which feature pork: (16 units, HQ in Southlake, TX)
    • Prime Beef and Chorizo Burger (Phoenix) – chorizo-beef patty topped with fried jalapeños, pepper Jack cheese and chipotle mayonnaise
    • Chili Verde Prime Beef Burger (Pasadena, CA) – braised pork over a beef patty with Jack cheese and fried onions
    • Pressed Prime Beef Cuban Burger (Tampa, FL) – roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Cuban dijonnaise
    • Prime BBQ Beef Burger (Atlanta) – beef patty topped with aged Cheddar, smoked bacon, pickles and fried onions
    • Maplejack’d Burger (Chestnut Hill, MA) – beef patty topped with grilled apples, Vermont Cheddar, smoked bacon, maple glaze and maple-chipotle aioli
    • Burlington Baked Burger (Burlington, MA) – beef patty topped with baked beans, bacon and Samuel Adams barbecue sauce
  • McDonald’s is testing a Bacon & White Cheddar McMuffin in Chicago. (14,350 units, HQ in Oak Brook, IL)
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  • Pizza Hut is bringing the hot-dog-embedded pie to the United States, debuting the pepperoni-topped Hot Dog Bites Pizza domestically on June 18. (7,863 units, HQ in Plano, TX)
  • Wienerschnitzel introduced four limited-time varieties of its Chili Cheese Dog with bacon: (322 units, HQ in Irvine, CA)
    • Buffalo Bacon Chili Cheese Dog – chopped bacon, sport peppers and Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce
    • Triple Cheese Double Bacon Chili Dog – double portion of chopped bacon and slices of American cheese
    • Bacon Ranch Chili Cheese Dog – chopped bacon and ranch dressing
    • Loaded Bacon Street Chili Cheese Dog – chopped bacon, mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise and grilled onions