Side dishes also got a makeover in 2012. Sonic introduced sweet potato tots and Renton, Wash.-based Taco Time Northwest introduced sweet potato “Mexi-Fries” as a limited time offering. Wendy’s added baked sweet potatoes as well as macaroni and cheese and chili cheese fries. Cracker Barrel launched a sides-only meal option in the fall, as well as such seasonal dishes as apple cider-glazed pork roast for dinner and apple streusel French toast for breakfast, as ...

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