100 Must-Try Copycat Recipes from your Favorite Restaurants.

Copycat Recipes

I’m craving restaurants. Any restaurant, seriously. Like I’m considering going through the drive-thru at our local Taco Bell (and I’ve actually never eaten at one). But then I remind myself that even without stay-at-home orders due to a pandemic, I’m risking my (digestive) health by going there. So I stay home.

Yes, I could do take out. But my son is high risk, so we’re only doing what is absolutely necessary. What’s weird is that we actually very rarely eat in restaurants. I have two picky eaters, and I hate overpaying so they can turn up their nose at it. Taking my kids to a restaurant is a whole thing as they say, so unless it’s just me and a friend, I skip it.

So, whether you’re craving your favorite restaurant dish, or you want recipe ideas, check out these copycat recipes from some of my favorite bloggers.

For some of the more common restaurants, I grouped them by restaurant. If I had only one or two copycat recipes from a location, then it’s lumped together with other copycat recipes in the same cuisine.


Olive Garden Copycat Recipes

Weird, I don’t really care for Olive Garden, but it’s very popular for moms to want Copycat Olive Garden Recipes.

fried lasagne
Fried Lasagne? Yes, please!

Chipotle CopyCat Recipes

Seriously, Chipotle is one of my favorite restaurants. And my kids won’t eat a single thing from there. Sometimes I stop and eat there by myself when I’m in between IEP meetings or something. Lots of corn salsa here, which, ironically, is something I’ve never eaten there.

chipotle corn salsa
This is from Peas & Crayons.

Copycat Starbucks Recipes

Why is everyone so gaga over the Pink Drink?

Red Lobster Copycat Recipes

I take my dad here for Father’s Day. It’s his favorite. I could eat my weight in those cheddar garlic biscuits. So I will definitely be trying a few of these.

cheddar garlic biscuits recipes
Mmmm, biscuits.

Bonefish Grill Copycat Recipes

Honestly, the Bonefish Grill restaurants near me are very hit or miss.

Chick-Fil-A Copycat Recipes

Yay! Tasty chicken nuggets without all the discrimination. My SIL makes these and it really does taste like theirs.

Panera Copycat Recipes

My husband loves their green tea. I have a squash soup recipe that my Aunt Freddy says is “even better than Panera!” It’s from a Thanksgiving episode of the TODAY Show if you want to google it.

Ok, now on to the copycat recipes based on cuisine or category.

Copycat Recipes-Italian Food

italian nachos
I want to try these Italian Nachos.

Copycat Recipes-American Cuisine

Chinese Food-Copycat Recipes

orange chicken
Orange Chicken

Mexican Food-Copycat Recipes

Drinks and Beverages

People go crazy over the Dole Whips, so why not try it at home?

chocolate peppermint drink copycat recipes

Sweets & Desserts Recipes

I am definitely trying the cinnabon one!

Side Dishes

Yay! More biscuits! Lol, I love them. I’m like Oprah with the freakin’ bread, I love it.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I have. Eat on!

  • Fine Motor Skills-Games, crafts and coloring activities are a great way to use and practice a child’s fine motor skills.
  • Speech and Language– Many parents seek out a language-rich environment for their child. Any activity can be an opportunity to use and repeat new words and language, mimicking sounds, new vocalizations and articulations.
  • Executive Functioning Skills– Depending on the game or activity, it can be an opportunity to practice executive functions such as working memory, sequencing, following directions, task initiation and more.
  • Handwriting and Fluency- This piggybacks onto the language skills a child needs, but with worksheets, coloring pages and games, they can be a low-risk opportunity to practice handwriting and fluency.
  • Practicing Previously Acquired Skills-Applying already acquired skills across all environments, bring the classroom teaching into the real world.
  • Sensory-Textures, sounds, taste, vestibular, interoception, anything!
  • Social Awareness-Practice traditional social skills in a safe environment, such as: joint attention, taking turns, reciprocating conversation, waiting politely, and more.
  • Gross Motor-If you’re in a new place, practice walking across uneven surfaces, new surfaces, inclines & declines, stairs, or increasing endurance.

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