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5 Best New Restaurant Menu Items of 2020

Here are some of the best new meals—and even a beverage—you can get at your favorite chains.

This year was rough, but that didn't stop fast-food and sit-down restaurants alike from churning out delicious new menu items.

From miniature tacos to meal kits we could buy to build our own right at home, some of our favorite chains went above and beyond to make sure we had something to be excited about this year.

Below, you'll discover five of these standout dishes (including one beverage) that hit menus everywhere this year. (Related: The Saddest Restaurant Closures In Your State.)

1

Jack in the Box Tiny Tacos

jack in the box tiny tacos
Courtesy of Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box brought back Tiny Tacos by popular demand in January. You can get about 15 of these down-sized, beef tacos complete with dipping sauces, including buttermilk ranch, creamy avocado lime sauce, and taco sauce for only $3. For $1 more, you can get them loaded with the works: cheese, lettuce, and taco sauce. Originally set to last for a limited time, Tiny Tacos scored a spot on the permanent menu.

2

Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger

wendys pretzel bacon burger
Courtesy of Wendy's

Not only did Wendy's roll out an entirely new breakfast menu this year but the fast-food chain also dropped its cheesy (and boozy) Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger. The culinary masterminds at Wendy's revised their secret beer cheese sauce 18 times before landing on the perfect recipe. However, like most fast-food meals, this burger is best enjoyed in moderation.

For the nutritional breakdown, don't miss the Worst Fast Food Burgers of 2020.

3

Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza DIY Pizza Kit

blaze pizza kit
Courtesy of Blaze

As dining rooms shut their doors at the beginning of pandemic, many restaurants modified their business models by offering exclusive to-go orders and DIY meal kits. Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza launched its own concept for a DIY pizza kit in late April complete with a ball of dough, dusting flour, sauce, and toppings. You can still get a DIY kit for one for $8.95, for two for $14.95, and for four for $18.95.

4

Cracker Barrel Maple Bacon Grilled Chicken

maple bacon grilled cheese
Courtesy of Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel debuted a few new menu items in August, one of which was Maple Bacon Grilled Chicken. The meal consists of two grilled chicken breasts topped with a sweet n' smoky maple glaze, bacon, and melted cheese. It's also served with two sides, plus your choice of buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins. The result? One hefty (and delicious) meal.

5

Chick-fil-A Mocha Cream Cold Brew

mocha cream cold brew
Courtesy of Chick-Fil-A

Chick-fil-A stepped into Starbucks' territory with this menu item drop. In September, the chain debuted the Mocha Cream Cold Brew—a cold brew sweetened with cream and chocolate flavored syrup, all poured over ice. You can still pick up this chocolatey-coffee beverage at a Chick-fil-A near you.

And for more food-related recaps from this year, be sure to catch The Best Grocery Stores of 2020.

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