New menu items at 5 local restaurant chains like CPK, Cheesecake Factory

Autumn is traditionally a season of plenty, and Southern California restaurants are responding with plenty of new menu items. Innovations include a surprising debut at California Pizza Kitchen and a new concept from Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar.

Here is what is going on at five local full-service chains.

California Pizza Kitchen has added what it calls its first-ever burger to its menu. It’s called the West Coast Burger. (Photo courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen)

Bee Sting Flatbread Pizza is a new menu item at the Cheesecake Factory. (Photo courtesy of the Cheesecake Factory)

Lemon-Herb Parmesan Chicken is a new entree at the Cheesecake Factory. (Photo courtesy of the Cheesecake Factory)

Street Corn is a new appetizer at the Cheesecake Factory. (Photo courtesy of the Cheesecake Factory)

Southern Pimento Cheese Dip is a new menu item at Polly’s Pies. (Photo courtesy of Polly’s Pies)

Aunt Tu Tu’s Beef & Bleu sandwich at Polly’s Pies features sliced prime rib and bleu cheese dressing. (Photo courtesy of Polly’s Pies)

Loaded Mac & Cheese is a new menu item at Polly’s Pies. (Photo courtesy of Polly’s Pies)

Norms Restaurants has added red chile mole to its breakfast menu. (Photo courtesy of Norms)

Norms Restaurants are featuring chicken wings this fall. (Photo courtesy of Norms)

The Cheeseburger Fry Bowl is available at Roadtrip Bowls, a new concept by Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. (Photo courtesy of Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar)

Citrus Dill Salmon is on the menu at Roadtrip Bowls, a new concept by Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar. (Photo courtesy of Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar)



California Pizza Kitchen

The Playa Vista-based chain launched what it calls its first burger on Oct. 4. The West Coast Burger features a blend of wagyu beef, chuck and brisket, served with applewood smoked bacon, cheese and caramelized onions on a brioche bun, according to a news release.

CPK is promoting the burger with a “pizza boycotts.” Dine-in guests who spend more than $20 and order something other than pizza will receive a coupon for a 7-inch pizza that can be redeemed on their next visit. They have to become CPK Rewards members to qualify, and the offer is good for one pizza per check. The promotion lasts through Oct. 31.


Cheesecake Factory

The Calabasas-based chain added more than a dozen items, plus cocktails, to its already long menu early in September.

Appetizers and small plates range from Street Corn, Asparagus Fries and Ahi Poke Nachos to Bee Sting Flatbread Pizza, made with honey. Entrees include Lemon-Herb Parmesan Chicken, Spicy Rigatoni Vodka and Seared Ahi Tuna with ginger fried rice.

Weekend brunch items include Bacon and Avocado Benedict.


Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar

The Costa Mesa-based chain recently launched a new virtual concept called Roadtrip Bowls.

There are eight entrees with international flare on the Roadtrip menu. They range from a Cheeseburger FryBowl with hamburger and sauce-covered fries to curry chicken and Korean ribeye bibimbap. Bowls are available for delivery or pickup at Lazy Dog locations but will be served in restaurants during lunch hours for a limited time, according to a news release.

The Roadtrip menu also includes fries, onion rings and pickled cucumber salad as well as desserts, handcrafted non-alcoholic beverages and canned craft beers.

Lazy Dog has another virtual concept, Jolene’s Wings & Beer.


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Norms Restaurants

This Bellflower-based chain is spotlighting game day foods, such as several flavors of chicken wings and St. Louis Cut Ribs.

The breakfast menu features red chile mole served with steak omelets or chorizo breakfast burritos. There are also “Top it Off” Hotcakes, topped with Oreos, strawberries or chocolate chips.

Norms is also promoting 3/4-pound T-bone steaks starting at $15.99.

Polly’s Pies

This Placentia-based chain is serving half a dozen new items, according to a news release.

Entrees include Grilled Norwegian Salmon; Asian Chicken Salad; Loaded Mac & Cheese with chicken and smoked bacon; and Aunt Tu Tu’s Beef & Bleu, a sandwich on sourdough bread with sliced prime rib topped a house-made blue cheese dressing.

Starters include Southern Pimento Cheese Dip, served with a sliced baguette.

Polly’s has also added  IBC Root Beer to its soft drink menu.



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