Pork’s presence on menus continues to grow. It’s a top choice for creative chefs and savvy operators for its versatility and profitability, and consumers love its incredible flavor. From an Italian pork chop sandwich with ‘nduja sausage to char-grilled, bourbon-glazed porterhouse pork chop, pork is making menus more delicious at restaurants around the country. Take a look at the report to see who’s creating can’t-miss dishes.


  • Hardees is menuing a Pork Chop ‘N’ Gravy Biscuit sandwich, available for a limited time, the pork chop is breaded, smothered with sausage gravy and served between two halves of a buttermilk biscuit. (1,782 units, St. Louis, MO)
  • O’Charley’s introduced a Barrel House Pork Chop. The char-grilled 12-oz bone-in porterhouse pork chop is served on a bed of warm bourbon glazed collared greens with mashed sweet potatoes. (211 units, HQ in Nashville, TN)

  • Bojangles’ Famous Chicken is adding two pork items to the fall menu: (638 units, HQ in Charlotte, NC)
    • Pork Chop Biscuit – savory grilled pork chop on a fresh buttermilk biscuit
    • Cheddar Ham Bo – a cured slice of country ham with two slices of premium, aged Cheddar cheese, melted inside a fresh buttermilk biscuit, for a limited time
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy is offering a House-Cured Porchetta Agrodolce, available for a limited time. The dish is served with California cauliflower, sweet potato hash and topped with a sweet and savory currant sauce. (48 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
  • Mimi’s Cafe added a Honey Lavender Grilled Pork Chop to the menu. The center-cut pork chop is served with a light honey, herbes de Provence and lavender glaze and served alongside a mixed greens salad with green apples, dried cranberries, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, roasted potatoes and balsamic dressing. (97 units, HQ in Irvine, CA)

  • Piccadilly Pub Restaurant is menuing a Fried Pork Chop. (49 units, HQ in Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Max & Erma’s added a Ham and Pesto Ciabatta – sliced ham, melted mozzarella, tomato-pesto mayo, ripe tomato, spinach and balsamic drizzle onoven-baked ciabatta bread. (44 units, HQ in Columbus, OH)
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill is featuring a Hatch Green Chile and Queso Smothered Burrito for a limited time. A flour or whole grain tortilla filled with pork carnitas seasoned rice, beans, shredded cheese and pico de gallo is smothered with queso, Hatch green chile sauce, queso fresco and chopped cilantro. Served with guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream. (667 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)

  • Hooters is featuring Pork Wings for a limited time. Made with tender pork shanks tossed in sweet and spicy homestyle barbecue sauce, they’re served with a side of curly fries. (336 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)
  • Houlihan’s is offering two new pork options: (71 units, HQ in Leawood, KS)
    • Cubano Eggrolls – stuffed with shredded pork, ham, Swiss cheese and mustard, served with Cheddar and chipotle cheese sauce, diced pickles and spicy beer mustard
    • Kind of a Pig Deal Burger – beef patty, grilled jalapeño sausage, tavern ham, pimento cheese, sweet and tangy baked bean glaze, served with french fries, for a limited time
  • Bahama Breeze is offering Rum & Coke Ribs – tender baby back ribs tossed in signature rum and Coca-Cola glaze, available for a limited time. (37 units, HQ in Orlando, FL)

  • Arby’s has two new sandwiches available for a limited time: (3,283 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)
    • Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich – hickory-smoked pork belly layered with smoked Cheddar, barbecue sauce and crispy onions on a star-cut bun
    • Smokehouse Mountain Sandwich – smoked brisket, smoked pork belly and smoked turkey slathered with barbecue sauce, smoked Cheddar and crispy onions on a star-cut bun
  • Famous Dave’s has three new menu items available for a limited time: (172 units, HQ in Minnetonka, MN)
    • Zesty Pork Loin – grilled pork loin steaks topped with charred pineapple relish, a zesty pineapple glaze and bacon crumbles, served with a cornbread muffin
    • Boar Sausage Manhandler Sliders – three jalapeño-Cheddar boar sausage and Georgia chopped pork sliders, served with spicy hell-fire pickles
    • Boar Sausage Link – jalapeño-Cheddar boar sausage link as a side

  • Noodles & Co is offering two limited time mac and cheese dishes featuring pork: (496 units, HQ in Broomfield, CO)
    • BBQ Pork & Mac – creamy mac and cheese with tender slow-braised pork, crispy jalapeños and sweet tangy barbecue sauce
    • Bacon Mac & Cheeseburger – mac and cheese with crumbled oven-roasted meatballs, crispy bacon, Roma tomatoes and green onions
  • Panera Bread is offering an Italian sandwich for a limited time – smoked lean ham, Chianti wine salami, spicy sopressa and provolone with spicy giardiniera, basil mayo and fresh arugula served on a Hoagie roll. (1,942 units, HQ in Sunset Hills, MO)

  • Royal Farms is adding Spam to its menu for a limited time. It also has several new sausage items: (193 units, HQ in Baltimore, MD)
    • Spam, Egg & Cheese Croissant – Spam and egg topped with a choice of yellow American, Swiss, provolone or pepper jack cheese, served on a croissant bun
    • Oven Baked Spam & American Cheese Sliders – oven-baked Spam and yellow American cheese on a slider bun
    • Buttermilk Biscuit Sausage Breakfast Sandwich – sausage patty served on a buttermilk biscuit
    • Atomic Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant Breakfast Sandwich – spicy sausage patty and egg topped with ghost pepper chili sauce and pepper cheese, served on a croissant bun
    • Ham & Swiss Melt – sliced ham topped with lettuce, tomato and melted Swiss cheese on a toasted bun
  • Ram Restaurant & Brewery is introducing several new pork dishes, all available for a limited time: (21 units, HQ in Lakewood, WA)
    • The Veracruz – a chorizo-beef patty topped with charred tomato salsa verde, sour cream, cilantro, black bean spread, smoked bacon-ranch sauce, Wisconsin jalapeño pepper jack cheese on a kaiser bun
    • BBQ Pulled Pork Potato Skins – topped with Cheddar jack, pepper jack, pulled pork and red and green onion, and drizzled with Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce, served with barbecue garlic sour cream
    • Macaroni & Bacon Croquettes – house-made with cavatappi macaroni, Cheddar cheese sauce, green onion, Cheddar jack cheese and hickory-smoked bacon bits, rolled in breadcrumbs and fried, served with chipotle aioli

  • The Greene Turtle added a Beer Brat Hoagie for a limited time. An Old Bay-spiced beer brat topped with sliced pickles and house-made bacon mustard is served on a freshly baked hoagie roll. (42 units, HQ in Edgewater, MD)
  • Ruby Tuesday is offering a KC ‘Cue Burger – pulled pork, sweet tangy barbecue sauce, melted American cheese and two fried onion rings, available for a limited time. (678 units, HQ in Nashville, TN)
  • Eat’n Park Restaurants is returning a Ham & Apple Sandwich to their fall menu for a limited time. The sandwich features sliced ham, smoked Gouda, grilled Granny Smith apple slices, and sweet and spicy mustard on fresh-baked six-grain bread. Served with a choice of side. (69 units, HQ in Homestead, PA)

  • Chipotle Mexican Grill added chorizo to their menu. It’s seasoned with a blend of toasted cumin, chipotle peppers, and three types of paprika, then charred on the grill. It is available in burritos, tacos, burrito bowls and salads. (2,073 units, HQ in Denver, CO)
  • Denny’s is offering two limited-time pork options: (1,597 units, HQ in Spartanburg, SC)
    • Loaded Bacon Cheddar Tots – ten house-made tots topped with bacon, Cheddar cheese, pepper jack queso, jalapeños and sour cream
    • Hearty 3-Meat Chili – hearty chili made in-house with crumbled chorizo sausage and ground beef, topped with Cheddar cheese and sour cream
  • Wawa Food Market has a limited-time Mac & Cheese Ham Panini. (582 units, HQ in Chester Heights, PA)

  • Ledo Pizza is introducing two new pizzas featuring pork for a limited time: (98 units, HQ in Annapolis, MD)
    • Whole Hog Pizza – LEDO sauce, sliced wild boar sausage, ham, capicola, bacon and smoked provolone cheese
    • The Luau Pizza – LEDO sauce, sliced wild boar sausage, ham, pineapple and smoked provolone cheese
  • Bruegger’s Bagels is featuring the Mighty Melt for a limited time – a hearty sandwich made with hickory-smoked bacon, hardwood-smoked ham, pepper jack cheese and sriracha mayo served on butter-toasted jalapeño cornbread. (271 units, HQ in Burlington, VT)
  • Ampm is offering a Jimmy Dean Blazin’ Hot Breakfast Dog for a limited time. This spicy sausage pairs well with the onion and pepper topping. (926 units, HQ in La Palma, CA)