7 Fan-Favorite Menu Items Restaurant Chains Are Bringing Back Right Now
Whether they were cut during the pandemic or sold out because they were an extremely popular limited-time offer, these items have been sorely missed. But they're now back and available on menus nationwide, and ready for you to enjoy today!
Here are the latest and the greatest fast-food reprises of this summer. For more, check out 5 Major Fast-Food Chains Falling Out of Favor With Customers.
Applebee's Oreo Cookie Shake
After Walker Hayes mentioned the beloved item in his viral song Fancy Like, singing "Yeah, we fancy like Applebee's on a date night; got that Bourbon Street steak with the Oreo shake," Applebee's quickly took advantage of the viral moment and brought Oreo Cookie Shake back (in fact, they now have a "Fancy Like" menu section).
The shake was cut from the chain's menu along with several other items during the pandemic. But starting this week and going for a limited time, you can again find the Oreo Shake at Applebee's for $2.99.
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Arby's Prime Rib Cheesesteak
Arby's cut this popular sandwich back in 2020, as it was slimming down its menu during the pandemic. But the Prime Rib Cheesesteak is now making a limited-time return, to the delight of many. The item comes in a Classic and Spicy version and is already available at Arby's locations nationwide.
On the other hand, here are some other items Arby's recently discontinued.
Now making its 18th annual appearance, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks. The seasonal drink is one of the most popular recurring items for the chain, and every year fans eagerly await the announcement of its return so they can descend upon their drive-thru and get their fall fix.
For this year, the wait is finally over—PSL, in all its creamy, spicy glory, is now back at Starbucks!
Taco Bell's Toasted Breakfast Burritos
The chain has been on a roll with the resurrection of fan favorites this year. First, they brought back the Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes and Spicy Potato Soft Tacos which were cut during the pandemic; then the Quesalupa returned after a five-year absence; as did the Naked Chicken Chalupa.
But this latest announcement is the biggest and most important event for fans of Taco Bell's breakfast—the chain is about to reinstate their discontinued breakfast menu, starring several toasted breakfast burritos. The Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito, Hash Brown Toasted Breakfast Burrito, and Grande Toasted Breakfast Burrito will be available at 90% of Taco Bell's nationwide locations by mid-September.
Pizza Hut's Detroit Style Pizza
When Pizza Hut launched the beloved regional favorite on nationwide menus in January, the company had no idea how popular it would become. The Detroit Style Pizza was such a huge hit that the chain had to pull advertising for the limited-time offer two weeks earlier than planned because the pizza was selling out across the country. The pie enjoyed particular popularity in its native Detroit, where Pizza Hut's locations sold quantities that were double and sometimes triple the national average.
Detroit-Style Pizza is back on the menu today in its three original flavors—Double Pepperoni (by far the most popular one), Meaty Deluxe, and Supremo—and this time around, the chain is also adding the option of customizing the pizza to your liking with up to five of your favorite toppings.
Papa John's Shaq-a-Roni Pizza
Shaq's giant pizza is back for a limited time! Featuring the chain's largest slices to date, the Shaq-a-Roni Pizza is loaded with twice the amount of ingredients of a regular Papa John's pizza, which explains why fans went gaga over it during its initial limited-time launch last year.
Taco Bell's Nacho Fries
The chain is currently reprising another major hit in potato form. The Nacho Fries are available again for a limited time, and they've also brought a friend: the Loaded Taco Fries.
For Taco Bell, their own version of French fries, which are spiced and crispy, has amounted to the most successful limited-time offer in history, with more than 53 million orders sold during their initial run. Now in their seventh appearance, they're still just as exciting.
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