Pork is a versatile back-of-house favorite, a menu must-have for popular restaurants, and a top performer across day parts. From a grilled pork chop stuffed with fresh spinach and feta to Korean pulled pork wontons to smoky pork belly sandwiches, read our menu innovation report to see who’s delivering what patrons want.

  • Cracker Barrel is adding three pork items to their menu: (641 units, HQ in Lebanon, TN)
    • Uncle Herschel’s Favorite – choice of sugar-cured ham, hickory-smoked country ham or a grilled pork chop with two eggs and grits, served with Sawmill gravy, homemade buttermilk biscuits, butter and Preserves n’ Jam
    • Maple Jam n’ Bacon – maple-pepper bacon, sweet maple-onion jam, Colby cheese, lettuce and tomato on two beef patties and a split-top bun, with homestyle fries and coleslaw
    • Double Meat Breakfast – thick-sliced bacon and smoked sausage patties with three eggs, served with buttermilk biscuits, grits and Sawmill gravy
  • Original Roadhouse Grill is offering two limited-time pork items: (10 units, HQ in Medford, OR)
    • Roadhouse Stuffed Pork Chop – 10 oz. grilled boneless chop stuffed with fresh spinach and Feta cheese, served with cinnamon apples and choice of two sides
    • Roadhouse Classic Stuffed Pork Chop – 10 oz. grilled boneless chop stuffed with traditional bread dressing, served with cinnamon apples and choice of two sides

  • Arby’s is bringing back two smoked pork belly sandwiches: (3,280 units, HQ in Atlanta, GA)
    • Smokehouse Pork Belly Sandwich – hickory-smoked pork belly with smoked Cheddar cheese, barbeque sauce, crispy onions and mayo
    • Smoke Mountain Sandwich – pit-smoked ham, smoked pork belly and smoked brisket, topped with smoked Cheddar cheese, crispy onions and barbeque sauce
  • Village Inn is offering two new southwest pork items on their menu: (211 units, HQ in Denver, CO)
    • Poblano Smothered Breakfast Burrito – pork carnitas or chorizo with potatoes, scrambled eggs, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, onion, tomato and roasted corn wrapped in a flour tortilla smothered with Poblano cream sauce, citrus chili and pico de gallo
    • Tres Huevos Rancheros –pork carnitas or chorizo with three eggs, pepper Jack cheese, refried beans and crispy corn tortillas topped with Poblano cream sauce, citrus chili and pico de gallo
  •  Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant is offering a Ham & Gruyere wrap for a limited time – sliced ham, chopped bacon and Gruyere cheese griddled in a piadina wrap. (32 units, HQ in Chattanooga, TN)

  •  Dairy Queen is introducing a Kansas City BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich to the menu, made with slow-cooked pulled pork, Kansas City-style barbeque sauce, sliced onions and pickles on a pretzel roll. (4,454 units, HQ in Minneapolis, MN)
  • Glory Days Grill is menuing four pork items for a limited time: (26 units, HQ in Gaithersburg, MD)
    • Korean Pork Wontons – six fried wontons filled with pulled pork, green onions and Kalbi sauce with a side of Korean dipping sauce
    • Brussels ‘n Bacon Appetizer – bacon, signature seasoning and balsamic syrup over a plate of flash-fried Brussels sprouts
    • Grilled Salmon BLT Sandwich – bacon, tomato, lettuce and lemon garlic aioli with chargrilled salmon on sourdough bread
    • Grilled Salmon BLT Salad – bacon, grape tomatoes, red onions, scallions and avocado with chargrilled salmon over romaine lettuce with citrus vinaigrette
  •  Joe’s Crab Shack is featuring Seafire Clams for a limited time, with Andouille sausage, chiles and spices, served with garlic bread. Also available with mussels. (126 units, HQ in Houston, TX)
  • Olive Garden is offering a Three Meat Giant Manicotti for a limited time, made with Italian sausage, braised beef, meatballs and Alfredo sauce topping giant manicotti filled with Italian cheeses. (798 units, HQ in Orlando, FL)

  • El Chico Café is introducing a Puebla Platter – barbeque pork nachos, bacon-wrapped shrimp, chicken tacos al carbon, chicken jalapeño poppers and beef and bean empanadas. (30 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
  • Houlihan’s is offering two new pork items for a limited time: (65 units, HQ in Leawood, KS)
    • Dos Carne Burger – chorizo, fried egg, pepper Jack cheese, pico de gallo and chipotle mayo on a beef patty, also available on a gluten-free bun
    • Chicken and Italian Sausage Rigatoni – Italian sausage, sautéed diced chicken breast, fried egg, spinach, diced tomatoes, roasted garlic cloves, chicken broth and grated Parmesan cheese
  •  Am pm is introducing a Black Forest Ham, Egg & Cheese Croissant with double meat and double cheese on a buttery croissant. (926 units, HQ in Houston, TX)
  • Starbucks is menuing a new limited-time Cubano sandwich made with smoked pork, Swiss cheese and pickled jalapeño Dijonnaise. (12,624 units, HQ in Seattle, WA)

  • Bruegger’s Bagels is menuing two Korean-inspired pork sandwiches for a limited time: (272 units, HQ in Burlington, VT)
    • Seoul Sunrise – pork sausage, seasoned egg, red peppers, green peppers and Korean gochujang chili sauce on a sesame bagel
    • Touch of Seoul – roasted ham, Swiss cheese, sliced cucumbers and red peppers topped with Korean gochujang chili sauce on butter-toasted sourdough bread
  •  Bravo! Cucina Italiana is offering Prosciutto Wrapped Cod for a limited time with haricot vert, julienned vegetables and lemon butter sauce. (41 units, HQ in Columbus, OH)
  • Eat’n Park Restaurants is adding two limited-time pork items to their breakfast menu: (69 units, HQ in Homestead, PA)
    • Meat Lover’s Breakfast Bowl – bacon, ham and sausage served over home fries and topped with Cheddar cheese and two over-easy eggs
    • Eggs Benedict Florentine – bacon, eggs, spinach, onions, tomato, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce on a toasted English muffin
  • Wawa Food Market has a limited-time Charcuterie Artisan Sandwich made with prosciutto, salami and arugula with a garlic and herb cheese spread. (582 units, Media, PA)
  • White Castle is introducing a Bacon Jam Slider for a limited time – bacon jam and smoked Cheddar cheese on The Original Slider. (465 units, HQ in Columbus, OH)

  • Round Table Pizza is menuing a limited-time Crispy Pepperoni & Bacon Maui Zaui – bacon, pepperoni, pineapple, sweet chili Polynesian sauce, red and green onions, Roma tomatoes and three cheeses. (382 units, HQ in Concord, CA)
  • Cheesecake Factory is introducing five new pork items to their menu: (188 units, HQ in Calabasas Hills, CA)
    • Pasta Napolitano – Italian sausage, bacon, pepperoni, meatball, mushrooms, peppers, onions and garlic in a rich tomato sauce served over Parmesan cream pasta
    • Truffle Bacon Grilled Cheese Sticks – bacon, truffle oil and creamy melted cheese with grilled artisan bread
    • Shrimp Louie – bacon, cucumber, egg, grilled asparagus and chilled shrimp over mixed greens with vinaigrette and Thousand Island dressing
    • Chicken Riesling – bacon, onions, mushrooms and garlic in a white wine Riesling cream sauce over chicken breast and buttered Parmesan pasta
  •  Chili’s Grill & Bar is offering two new pork items: (1,262 units, HQ in Dallas, TX)
    • Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles – applewood-smoked bacon and jalapeños on crispy honey-chipotle chicken crispers and Belgian waffles drizzled with ancho-chile ranch, served with homestyle fries and a side of honey-chipotle sauce
    • Honey-Chipotle Crispers & Waffles Appetizer – applewood-smoked bacon and jalapeños on crispy honey-chipotle chicken crispers and Belgian waffles drizzled with ancho-chile ranch