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TGI Fridays takes a chance on 'endless' appetizers

TGI Fridays takes a chance on 'endless' appetizers

(USA TODAY) -- There all-you-can eat buffets. No-limit salad bars. And even eat-'til-you-drop dessert bars.

But this may be a first for a national restaurant chain: endless appetizers.

TGI Fridays, whose signature item is arguably its appetizer line, today launches a high-profile but risky "Endless Appetizers" summer promotion that offers all-you-can-eat appetizers for $10 per person. Guests can choose one appetizer from a list of the the chain's most popular starters — including loaded potato skins, boneless buffalo wings and mozzarella sticks — and receive unlimited refills. And while sharing is discouraged, that rule will not be enforced by servers, says Brian Gies, chief marketing officer at Fridays.

"At the end of the day, our servers aren't policemen," says Gies of the promo, which runs through Aug. 24. "We're not going to slap someone's hand if they reach over and share someone else's mozzarella sticks."

How to get a dozen donuts for 77¢

How to get a dozen donuts for 77¢

(WXIA) -- Krispy Kreme is preparing for its 77th birthday. To celebrate, it is offering customers a special deal on its signature donut, the Original Glazed.

"Made from a recipe dating back to the 1930's, our uniquely delicious Original Glazed donuts help set Krispy Kreme apart from any other sweet treat retailer," Krispy Kreme chief marketing officer Dwayne Chambers said in a release.

On Friday, July 11, Krispy Kreme customers can buy a dozen Original Glazed donuts for only 77¢ with the purchase of another dozen donuts. The offer is available all day at participating restaurants.

Learn more at krispykreme.com.

IHOP offering 56¢ pancakes for anniversary

IHOP offering 56¢ pancakes for anniversary

(WXIA) -- In July of 1958, the very first International House of Pancakes opened in Toluca Lake, Calif. Today, IHOP has 1,627 restaurants in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several countries across the globe.

To celebrate its 56th anniversary, the chain will offer its signature buttermilk pancakes for less than they cost in the 1950s.

On Tuesday, July 8 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., IHOP customers can purchase a short stack for only 56¢. The pancakes cost 60¢ when the flagship restaurant opened.

IHOP claims it serves more than 700 million pancakes every year. Only one other flavor -- chocolate chip -- has been on its menu since 1958.

RELATED | IHOP rolls out summer menu

Visit ihop.com to find your nearest IHOP.

Marlow's Tavern hosting Grilling Recipe Contest

Marlow's Tavern hosting Grilling Recipe Contest

(WXIA) -- Entries are currently being accepted for this year's Marlow's Tavern Grilling Recipe Contest.

Professional and backyard grillers alike are invited to enter their best dishes. Recipes may be submitted through Friday, Aug. 1.

Marlow's Tavern co-founder and executive chef John C. Metz will reveal the winners during a party at the restaurant chain's Dunwoody location on Saturday, Sept. 6. The grand prize winner will receive a Big Green Egg, while the second and third place prizes are Marlow's gift cards for $200 and $100, respectively.

Visit marlowstavern.com for more information about the contest. The Dunwoody restaurant is located in the Dunwoody Village shopping center at 1317 Dunwoody Village Parkway.

Panera swears off artificial ingredients

Panera swears off artificial ingredients

NEW YORK -- Panera says it will remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from its food by 2016, a reflection of the growing distaste people are showing for such ingredients.

The chain of bakery cafes, which has about 1,800 U.S. locations, is making the pledge as part of a "Food Policy" it is unveiling Tuesday that outlines its commitment to "clean" and "simple" ingredients.

The announcement comes at a time when Panera Bread Co. is facing slowing sales growth and working to jumpstart its business.

It also underscores how positioning foods as natural has become a marketing advantage, regardless of whether it brings any nutritional benefits.

IHOP rolls out summer menu items

IHOP rolls out summer menu items

(WXIA) -- IHOP is celebrating the start of summer with new pancake recipes, lemonades, salads and sandwiches.

The chain's signature pancakes can now be ordered in three summer fruit varieties -- strawberry banana cream pie, raspberry peach and blueberry cannoli cream.

New lemonade flavors on IHOP's menu include iced tea, orange tangerine iced tea and cherry blackberry. The summer lemonades are available through July 20.

IHOP has also added menu items to its lunch and dinner offerings, including:

Citrus Chicken Pecan Salad
Grilled chicken, orange segments and candied pecans on a bed of mixed greens, tossed in orange vinaigrette dressing

Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad
Crispy chicken, bacon, hard-boiled egg, tomatoes and crumbled Blue cheese on a bed of mixed greens and tossed in ranch dressing; also available with grilled chicken

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

Local restaurants make 5 Make-a-Wish dreams come true

(WXIA) -- Diners at two metro Atlanta-based restaurant chains had a hand in making wishes come true for five very special children.

Throughout March and April, J. Christopher's and Reveille Café customers donated more than $47,000 to the Make-a-Wish organizations in Georgia and Middle Tennessee. Make-a-Wish grants surprises to children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

Thanks to the diners' generosity, Make-a-Wish was able to send five kids on trips of a lifetime:

Andrea, age 3
Hematologic (blood) disorder
Andrea got to go to Disney World and meet her idols -- Mickey and Minnie; Peter Pan and Tinkerbell; Pluto and Goofy.

Bryce, age 4
Wilms' tumor (kidney cancer)
Bryce got to fly on a plane to Disney World, ride the rides and meet Mickey Mouse.

Elijah, age 8
Respiratory condition
Elijah took an "absolutely awesome" trip to Disney World.