Arby’s is a sandwich chain that even after 38 years is still known for its 1984 slogan, “Where’s the beef?”
But today the question is, “What’s the beef?”
That’s because Arby’s is dabbling in wagyu for its first-ever burger.
It’s one of several new menu items in quick service restaurants. Here’s a sampling of what’s out there.
Description: A chain that has specialized in sliced roast beef for nearly 60 years has added a burger to its menu, albeit briefly, on Monday, May 23. Wagyu is high-end beef from cattle bred in Japan that for the most part hasn’t made it into quick service restaurants. Arby’s describes its patty as “52 percent American wagyu and 48 percent ground beef.” It’s cooked sous vide to a slightly pink center, according to a news release, and served on a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, tomato and cheese.
Availability: Through July 31. Check Arby’s website to see what locations are serving the burger and what the pricing is.
Items: Cheesy Breakfast Melts
Description: These breakfast sandwiches feature sausage, bacon or ham with scrambled eggs and two slices of American cheese on toast.
Availability: Limited time.
Items: Cornbread Donut & Munchkin Donut Hole Treats, Tomato Pesto Grilled Cheese, Mango Pineapple Dunkin’ Refresher
Description: Dunkin’s summer menu includes several new items. Among them are cornbread doughnuts and cornbread bites shaped like doughnut holes; a grilled cheese sandwich with white cheddar on sourdough with oven-roasted tomatoes and a nut-free pesto spread; and a mango pineapple beverage that can be made with green tea, coconut milk or lemonade.
Items: Chocolate Cream Cold Brew, Lime-Frosted Coconut Bar.
Description. These items were rolled out with the chain’s summer menu. The cold brew is described as having a taste similar to a chocolate malt. The Lime-Frosted Coconut Bar features white chocolate chips.
Availablity: Year-round, according to the the company.
Item: Mexican Pizza
Description: If you’ve noticed drive-thru lines at Taco Bell have been a little longer than usual, it’s probably because the chain restored Mexican Pizza to its menu on May 19 after pulling it in late 2020. It’s similar to a tostada with taco filling between two crispy tortillas and a topping of cheese and tomatoes. It’s been one of the most hyped fast foods in recent memory, and the publicity blitz isn’t over. On May 29, a musical featuring Mexican Pizza fans Dolly Parton and Doja Cat will debut on Tiktok.
Availability: It’s permanently back, according to Taco Bell.