Restaurants’ new dishes ran the gamut in 2012, as chains worked to keep their core customers engaged while also branching out to entice new ones. The result: A wide variety of dishes that showcase premium ingredients, indulgent comfort foods, healthful dishes, affordable proteins and exotic flavors. Broad appeal Starbucks tried to expand its appeal over the course of the year, first with the introduction of a “blonde” roast of coffee at the beginning of the year, ...

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