While some could argue that casual dining restaurants, especially those that are a part of a chain, don't do anything too crazy in terms of the food they serve -- but these casual menu items might prove otherwise.
One way to surprise and delight customers is to offer an adult take on a nostalgic dish, such as alcoholic milkshakes. Red Robin did this with limited edition festive vino milkshakes and boozy bacon ones, but also offered hangover-curing breakfast burgers right after the new year.
Other casual menu items put an unconventional spin on classic pasta meals. This includes sausage-stuffed rigatoni, spiced chipotle pastas and even bottomless pasta passes at some establishments. Some eateries are playing around with pizza, in shape and in the excessive amount of toppings.
23 Hearty Casual Menu Items
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Layered Pizza Desserts
Stuffed Pocket Pizzas
Healthy Customizable Lunch Menus
Salted Caramel Chicken Fingers