KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Premium meats are trending on menus as the coming winter months spur consumers’ cravings for hearty comfort foods.

Petite fillet steak stars in two new sandwiches from Arby’s. The Garlic Butter Steak Sandwich features thick-cut petite fillet steak, pepper bacon, lettuce, tomato and roasted garlic butter served on a toasted ciabatta roll, while the Steak & Bacon Melt Sandwich includes the steak topped with melted cheddar cheese, pepper bacon, crispy onions and steakhouse ranch served on a ciabatta roll.

At Quiznos, prime rib is the protein of choice in two new sandwiches. The prime rib is coated in a dry rub of black pepper, garlic, salt and paprika then slow roasted for eight hours.

Quzinos’ Prime Rib Horseradish XL Sandwich is an 8-inch sub loaded with a ½-lb of prime rib and topped with Swiss cheese, sautéed onions and horseradish sauce, and the Italian Prime Rib Sandwich features prime rib, provolone, sautéed onions, giardiniera, green peppers and marinara sauce.

“With these new limited-time menu offerings, there is a prime rib sandwich for every kind of meat lover — each made with butcher-quality meats and toasted artisan bread to give customers the taste they’ve come to expect from a Quiznos sandwich,” said Sheila Zimmerman, vice president of marketing of REGO Restaurant Group, owner of Quiznos. “We’re committed to serving up mouthwatering sandwich offerings made with fresh, premium ingredients, and these two new menu items are no exception.”

Sirloin steaks are in the spotlight at Friendly’s Restaurants. The chain is offering the new Garlic Mushroom Bleu Sirloin, featuring a 6-oz. sirloin topped with garlic mushrooms, sautéed onions and bleu cheese crumbles served with a side salad and garlic red skin mashed potatoes. Also new to the menu is the Parmesan Peppercorn Sirloin, which includes a 6-oz. sirloin topped with a saucy peppercorn cheese blend served with a side of garlic red skin mashed potato with Parmesan butter and a side salad.

 “We are thrilled to be able to offer a delicious array of warm comfort food for the coming months,” said Dennis Pfaff, chief operating officer for Friendly’s parent company FIC Restaurants, Inc. “As the days grow shorter, dining out is more appealing than ever — and with our diverse fall menu items, we are prepared to satisfy the tastes of consumers from every walk of life.”

View slideshow of new menu items.