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Food costs rising, but will you feel the pinch?

From beef, chicken and pork to coffee, it seems food prices across the board are rising, but will higher food costs translate into a bigger restaurant bill? It depends on where you go.

Appearing on "Squawk on the Street," Buffalo Wild Wings CEO Sally Smith said Thursday the restaurant chain could see a slight increase in prices come mid-summer with the introduction of a new menu.

"We're contracted for the bulk of our chicken, really, through 2015. So I think, if anything, it would be very modest," Smith said, adding the price of chicken wings have actually moderated since last year at this time.

Inflation in food costs coupled with unseasonably cold temperatures across the United States and a prolonged drought in California could have an impact on prices at the Hardees and Carl's Jr fast food chains, CKE CEO Andrew Puzder said Friday on "Squawk on the Street."

"We think that will hit soon," Puzder said of rising food costs. "If you're looking to the business, if you're looking to the cost structure and your pricing, you do have to anticipate that food costs are going to go up, particularly beef."

However, Puzder added that some market observers thought the drought that plagued the Midwest in summer 2012 would send food costs higher, but the event actually had little impact on prices.

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