The #1 Worst Menu Option at 40 Popular Restaurants
By Dana Leigh Smith & The Editors of Eat This, Not That!
The rule “everything in moderation” simply isn’t an excuse for these excessive, worst-items-you-could-possibly-order choices that will set you back for days.
Some people see lists like these and take them as a way to figure out what’s “tasty,” what’s “not going to suck,” and what’s “okay to eat once in awhile.” But these items are literally the least nutritious, most caloric, most horrifying choices on menus that—generally speaking—aren’t exactly known for keeping people slim. We totally get it that it’s practically an art to eat out and remain relatively healthy. But this list isn’t about that art. This list is about experts taking a deep dive into the nutritional information of 40 restaurants and fast food chains and resurfacing with a definitive declaration: “If you go to this one restaurant, do not eat this one thing!” Scope out this exclusive list—and start undoing the damage to your waistline with these 35 Easy, Fun Ways to Lose Weight!
First, The Restaurant Chains
The first 20 places on our list are the places like Chili’s and Olive Garden. You’re most likely sitting down, maybe with the fam, and it’s kinda nice. They probably have some very decent options for healthier meals—but the worst thing on their menu may also be much harder to guess. So, before you ask for that table for four, find out what’s the one thing you and your crew should avoid ordering.
Hand-Battered Fish & Chips
1,490 calories, 100 g fat, 17 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 1,920 mg sodium, 104 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 45 g protein
Attack of the beige! Whenever your dinner is monochromatic (in this case, the off-brown hue of deep-fried junk), you know you’re in trouble. Choosing a dish like this is easily one of the 40 Bad Habits That Make You Sick and Fat. Don’t blame the fish—the seafood is packed with lean, muscle-building protein and heart-healthy fats. No, the trouble here, lies with a massively unbalanced fish-to-fat ratio. A coating of crispy batter and a heaping pile of deep-fried potatoes is no way to treat the golden child of nutrition. When it comes to seafood, always abandon ship on fried fish and opt for grilled instead.
Country-Fried Steak & Eggs With Sausage, Grits, Bread
2,260 calories, 115 g fat, 39 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 3,640 mg sodium, 268 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 114 g sugar, 51 protein
What has more than a day’s worth of calories and salt and more sugar than seven Snicker’s Ice Cream Bars? This sneaky diet-derailing dish. Where all that sugar comes from we may never know, but we can tell you this: This is one breakfast that will offer zero benefit to your day. Stay far, far away—especially if you’ve been trying to cleanse your body of junk!
Large Mussels Josephine
1,698 calories, 120 g fat, 58 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat, 4,418 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 83 g protein
In their purest form, mussels are one of the lowest calorie proteins in the sea. But despite their innocent appearance, these are not your average mussel. After the chefs at Bonefish doused these guys in a fatty lemon wine sauce, the appetizer became your body’s worst nightmare, serving up more than a day’s worth of trans fat! But that’s not all: Even if you split the entire lot with a friend, you’d still take in nearly an entire day’s worth of salt—and that’s before your entree even arrives! There are much smarter ways to spend your spare cash.
4Buffalo Wild Wings
Large Boneless Wings
2,580 calories, 172 g fat, 53 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fat, 10,490 mg, 147 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 27 g sugar, 100 g protein
Each wing on this platter packs 107 calories, 7 grams of fat and a shameful 1,049 milligrams of salt. That means if you eat just two wings before your dinner arrives you’ll have taken in a third of the day’s fat and just under a day’s worth of blood-pressure-spiking sodium! And let’s be honest, who really stops after just two? Wings may be tasty, but there are far better ways to spend your salt allowance than on two tiny pieces of chicken.
5California Pizza Kitchen
Thin Crust Meat Cravers Pizza
1,590 calories, 76 g fat, 32 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 4,620 mg sodium, 132 g carbs, 8 g sugar, 5 g fiber, 94 g protein
You had to have known that anything with the phrase “meat cravers” in the title wasn’t going to be healthy—but we bet you didn’t realize that it would have more salt than 33 slices of bacon and more carbs than what you’d get in eight slices of white bread. If you ate just one of these pies a month, you’d take in enough calories to gain 5 1/2 pounds in a year. Scary stuff, right?
Cavatappi Franco with Whole Grain Spaghetti
1,214 calories, 74 g fat, 18 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 2,192 mg sodium, 87 g carbs, 17 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 49 g protein
Grilled chicken! Mushrooms! Sun-dried tomatoes! Broccoli! Oh and let’s not forget that whole grain spaghetti! When you read the list of the ingredients that goes into this dish, it’s hard to imagine it would be such a nutritional nightmare. But this is the restaurant industry we’re talking about here. Would you expect anything less? If you order the dish as pictured above with the tube shaped pasta, you’ll actually save 191 calories and 26 grams of fat. Sub in the healthier sounding whole wheat variety, and you’re actually far worse-off. No, we don’t get it, either—and yes, we double-checked the math. Just keep things simple and steer clear of both versions of this preposterous plate of pasta. Looking for carbs that won’t derail your weight loss progress? Then check out these 20 Best Carbs for a Flat Belly!
Pasta Carbonara with Chicken
2,291 calories, N/A fat, 81 saturated fat, N/A trans fat, 1,628 sodium,144 carbs, N/A fiber, N/A sugar, N/A protein
We give the Cheesecake Factory props for rolling out some lighter options as of late, but its menu is still home to some of the most caloric fare in the nation. What’s worse, the Factory insists on keeping its nutritional info under lock and key. When it comes to the question, “Are you trying to hide something?” the answer for this restaurant is “Yes. A million times yes.” This creamy pasta dish, topped with peas, bacon, and chicken, has more than a day’s worth of calories and more saturated fat than 50 eggs! And that’s just according to the nutrition data we could actually get our hands on. The Factory refused to dole out the latest stats when we asked. Take it from us: Shady business is never good news for your body.
Beef Bacon Ranch Quesadilla
1,800 calories, 135 g fat, 46 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat, 3,980 mg sodium, 68 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 80 g protein
With nearly a day’s worth of calories and more fat than 10 hot dogs, this southwestern inspired steak and bacon stuffed quesadilla will pop the button right off of your skinny jeans! Even if you shared it with a friend, you’d be taking in 2.8 times the American Heart Association’s recommended daily intake of saturated fat. Make it a rule to avoid anything with the word quesadilla in the title when you’re at Chili’s (yes, even the salads) none of the options have less than 1,400 calories per serving—not what you should be eating if your goal is to lose belly fat.
Slow-Cooked Slow-Cooked Pot Roast
1,390 calories, 37 g fat, 19 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat, 4,710 mg sodium, 166 g carbs, 13 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 65 g protein
With nearly two days of salt and half the day’s trans fat, this meal for one should really be split into thirds or quarters. Eat at your own risk!
1,720 calories, 103 g fat, 16 g saturated fat, 100 mg sodium, 3,340 mg sodium, 171 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 19 g sugar, 28 g protein
Unless you’re stocking up to hibernate for winter, there’s no reason to ever order a menu item that contain the word “platter.” More often than not it’s code for “way too many calories, carbs, and fat.” Don’t believe it? Consider this: This bland bowl of beige serves up more carbs than 19 chocolate chip cookies and more calories than 122 small clams. Proceed with caution at the not-so-friendly restaurant—and be sure to steer clear of these 23 Restaurant Foods With Crazy-High Amounts of Sugar, too. They’ll all undo all of your valiant weight loss efforts.
1,610 calories, 87 g fat, 21 g saturated fat, 1.5 g trans fat, 3,380 mg sodium, 146 g carbs, 10 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 61 g protein
Just look at that plate of crispy beige nastiness! “Monster” mozzarella sticks, onion rings and chicken strips all on one plate? This dish is a giant fat bomb tainted with trans fats and sky-high levels of salt. Even if you split it with a friend you’d still offset an entire day of smart eating! Wondering what other foods you should steer clear of to trim down? All of these 150 Worst Packaged Foods in America fit the bill.
Rustic Chicken & Shrimp al Forno
1,810 calories, 93 g fat, 41 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fat, 4,800 mg sodium, 131 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 23 g sugar, 115 g protein
Ziti, prosciutto, asiago cheese, and red pepper cream sauce join together to create this artery-stiffening dinner disaster that packs more than a day’s worth of trans fat. Not convinced you should add it to your “do not eat” list? Consider this: A 150-pound woman would need to run for nearly three hours to burn it off. And this is only the entrée! Add your appetizer, dessert, and a drink, and it’s easy to amass half a week’s worth of calories in one meal at Maggiano’s. If you’re craving a starchy meal, indulge with these 25 Best Carbs for Weight Loss instead.
Top Shelf Combo Appetizer
1,880 calories,132 g fat, 48 saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 3,300 mg sodium, 74 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 88 g protein
When it comes to contributing to our nation’s ever-expanding collective waistline, O'Charley's, home of Free Pie Wednesdays and caloric southern-inspired fare, is certainly doing their part. And this dish is no exception. Sitting down to a giant plate of nutrient-void cheese wedges, chicken tenders and “overloaded” potato skins is a recipe for disaster if you’re trying to improve your health—even if you consider it one of your weekly cheat meals.
14On The Border
Dos XX Fish Tacos With Rice & Black Beans
2,200 calories, 135.5 g fat, 27 g saturated fat, N/A trans fat, 4,330 mg sodium, 182 g carbs, 14 g fiber, N/A sugar, 62 g protein
For $12.99, On the Border will give you a full day's calorie intake, nearly two day’s of salt and three days of fat in the form of their beer-battered, deep fried fish tacos. Think ordering a grilled fish taco from the restaurant chain is a better pick? Think again.Their Grilled Mahi Tacos pack over 1,000 calories, too! Yikes! Remember when fish was actually healthy? Us, too! And in your kitchen it still is, if you pick the right kind. Use our exclusive list of 40+ Most Popular Types of Fish—Ranked for Nutrition! to figure out which fish is best to eat.
Walnut Shrimp with Melon
1,380 calories, 104 g fat, 16 g saturated fat, N/A trans fat, 1,830 mg sodium, 74 g carbs, 14 g fiber, N/A g sugar, 39 g protein
A combination of shrimp, melon and walnuts seems innocent enough to the naked eye, but don’t be fooled! Thanks to the addition of aioli sauce (which is really just code for artery-clogging fat) and a heavy sugar-crusting on the nuts this dish is far from nutritious. For some context, this dish carries more fat that four large orders of fries from McDonalds!
Bar Harbor Lobster Bake
1,850 calories, 112 g fat, 40 saturated fat, 2 g trans fat, 3,810 mg sodium, 115 g carbs, 9 carbs, 7 g sugar, 90 g protein
It’s hard to screw up a plate of roasted lobster tail, shrimp, sea scallops, and mussels but by adding on linguini and a fatty garlic and white wine sauce, Red Lobster manages to transform a protein-rich plate of seafood into one that can give you an instant heart attack. Just say no to this disgusting, deep sea diet bomb.
Macaroni Grill Buffalo Chicken Parmesan
2,170 calories,153 g fat, 63 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat, 4,640 mg sodium, 110 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 90 g protein
Beware: This isn’t you bubby’s classic chicken parm! The massive serving of pasta under the poultry is doused in a gorgonzola cream sauce and the Milanese-style chicken is piled high with fatty mozzarella and sodium-filled buffalo sauce. And even if you split this dish with a friend, you’d take in half the day’s calories and salt and 2.4 times the daily recommended intake of saturated fat. But all hope is not lost pasta fans; to eat your favorite Italian noodles without loosing your figure, check out these 40 Ultimate Pasta Tips to Stay Skinny!
Cajun Jambalaya Pasta
1,523 calories, 102 g fat, N/A saturated fat, N/A trans fat, 4,451 mg sodium, 85 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 54 g protein
This cream sauce-topped shrimp, chicken, and andouille sausage concoction makes a mockery of the classic better-for-you Cajun dish. In fact, all of the pasta dishes at Ruby Tuesdays carry more than 900 calories! Stay away if you want to stay slim.
Jack Daniel’s Ribs & Shrimp
1,790 calories, 78 g fat, 26 g saturated fat, 0 g carbs, 197 g carbs, 4,000 mg sodium, N/A g sugar, 9 g fiber, 81 g protein
Three words sum up this T.G.I. Fridays’ dish: Salty, carb-laden disaster. You’d be better off eating four McDonald’s cheeseburgers than sitting down to this meal. It’s hard to imagine, we know, but you’d actually take in fewer calories and carbs and a staggering 1,280 fewer milligrams of blood-pressure-spiking salt. For more calorie-saving hacks check out these 20 Weight-Loss Secrets from Insanity Trainer Shaun T!
Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara
1,590 calories, 114 g fat, 61 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat, 2,410 mg sodium, 78 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 66 g protein
Olive Garden’s menu is in desperate need of a makeover. The seafood is swimming in sodium, the cocktails are packed with sugar and the average dinner-size plate of pasta packs a staggering 976 calories—thanks in part to the soggy plate of carbs pictured above. Not only does it pack nearly a day’s worth of sodium, it also serves up a day’s worth of trans fat, an artificial fat that’s been linked heart disease. All of this is before you tack on the breadsticks and salad.
And Now for the Fast Food Chains…
The second-half of our list is made up of popular fast food joints. You’re probably swinging through the drive-thru or desperate for a meal while traveling, and you know going into it that you’re not about to have a very healthy meal. It can be a little easier to decipher what you should stay away from—anything that has “triple” in its name is probably dangerous—but there are still some options that sound innocent enough. Don’t be fooled; find out what’s the one item to skip at each of these 20 popular fast food places.
The Triple Whopper
1,160 calories, 75 g fat (27 g saturated, 4 g trans fat), 1,050 mg sodium, 50 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 49 g protein
The triple-stacked patty is by far the worst burger on Burger King’s menu, surpassing all others in waistline-demolishing ingredients. The three-quarter-pound patties and mayo deliver a whopping 75 g of fat—worse than five of the King’s classic hamburgers—with 4 grams of ultra-dangerous trans fat, which is two full days’ worth. Eek! It's also one of the 20 Foods That Age You 20 Years.
Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese
780 calories, 45 g fat (21 g saturated, 2.5 g trans fat), 1,310 mg sodium, 43 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 50 g protein
A remnant from the days when “super-sizing” was cool, this sandwich takes a perfectly fine burger and multiplies it by two. There’s no reason to eat a half-pound of beef for lunch unless of course it’s 2004 and you’re making a documentary about getting fat. To see how your favorite McDonald’s menu items stack up against this devilish dish, check out our exclusive report, Every Menu Item at McDonald’s—Ranked!!
23MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL
The Homewrecker with Steak
959 calories, 37 g fat (16 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,693 mg sodium, 105 g carbs, 13 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 47 g protein
Homewrecker? More like an ab wrecker! This burrito has not one, not two, but three major sources of carbs (tortilla, rice and beans) and three major sources of fat (cheese, sour cream and guac), so it’s really no surprise it has such a scary nutritional profile. And speaking of abs, make yours pop with the help of Eat This, Not That! For Abs! Test panelists got abs in just six weeks!
Spicy Chicken Sandwich Deluxe
570 calories, 27 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,750 mg sodium, 7 g sugar, 35 g protein
It may not look too dangerous, but this is the absolute worst sandwich you could order at Chick-fil-A. The sodium count alone is clucking ridiculous—it has more than a day’s worth! But we’re even more grossed out by it’s 84—yes, 84—ingredients, only a few of which are natural foods. One of the creepiest: Dimethylpolysiloxane. It’s not that poses any major health risks, but it’s a bit unsettling to knowingly eat something that’s also used to make aquarium sealant. To see how other dishes at the chicken joint stack up, check out our exclusive report, The Entire Chick-Fil-A Menu—Ranked!.
Roast Turkey Ranch & Bacon Sandwich
800 calories, 35 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 2,250 mg sodium, 76 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 18 g sugar, 48 g protein
When made in the safety of your own kitchen, a turkey sandwich isn’t a half-bad lunch option, but tread ye carefully in the land of greasy spoon finger foods. This sandwich is over-packed with carbs, fat, and sugar. Yes, sugar! Where’s all the sweet stuff coming from? Most likely the honey wheat bread, which is just blood sugar-spiking junk in disguise. And speaking of the evil granulated stuff, if you’re trying to cut back, check out these 30 Easy Ways to Stop Eating So Much Sugar.
Carnitas Burrito with White Rice, Black Beans, Fajita Veggies, Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa, Romaine, Sour Cream, Cheese and Guac
1,390 calories, 67.5 g fat (23.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,810 mg sodium, 143 g carbs, 27 g fiber, 10 g sugar, 54.5 g protein
This fully loaded burrito from Chipotle has just under two days' worth of salt and a stomach-churning six days' of saturated fat! Yes, seriously. But that’s not all: This dinnertime disaster serves up more carbs than you’d find in nearly eight whole-grain dinner rolls! Although almost everything in this burrito is carb-heavy, the tortilla (46 grams) and white rice (40 grams) tip the scales.
XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito
860 calories, 41 g fat (14 g saturated, 1 g trans fat), 2,200 mg sodium, 91 g carbs, 12 g fiber, 6 g sugars, 32 g protein
Watch out for terms like “XXL” and “Stuft”—they’re both code for “far from diet-friendly.” This particular meathead burrito may offer up 32 grams of protein but it also contains a whopping 91 grams of carbs (about what you’d find in 6 slices of Ezekiel bread) and you’re also holding a whole day’s worth of salt in one hand. These are just two of the many factors that make this dish a “Not That!” Oh, and don't even think about washing it down with one of these 70 drinks that give you a soda belly!
Meat Lover's 18" Large Pan Pizza
1 slice: 680 calories, 33 g fat (14 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 1,580 mg sodium, 66 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 29 g protein
You can love meat without taking in half a day’s saturated fat with one slice of pizza. Specialty pies are an excuse to go crazy with a ton of high-fat toppings that do virtually nothing for flavor and increase your calorie load considerably. At Pizza Hut, don't be a Lover, be a fighter with the less caloric pepperoni slice. Or better yet, make one of these Healthy Homemade Pizzas instead.
Chicken Pot Pie
790 calories, 45 g fat (37 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,120 mg sodium, 66 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 29 g protein
Chicken pot pie: The dish your mom makes for your dad on his birthday and the meal your grandma loved whipping up for your mom when she was a kid. Word of warning: This isn’t anything like the homemade variety you know and love. Despite the fact that this is one of the only dishes at KFC that’s stuffed with veggies and never touches the deep fryer, it’s still the worst option on the menu. The main calorie culprit is its buttery shell, but the creamy sauce that binds the filling together certainly doesn’t help matters either. To save 250 calories, order an Original Recipe Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Sweet Kernel Corn. Or if you’d rather just enjoy come poultry at home, whip up one of these amazing healthy chicken recipes.
John's Favorite Extra Large 16" Pizza
1 slice: 410 calories, 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,130 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 17 g protein
Featuring pepperoni, sausage and six different types of fatty cheese, this pie is said to be Papa John’s founder John Schnatter’s favorite—but frankly, we’re not buying it. Spend a few moments Googling Mr. Schnatter and you’ll discover that he’s surprising fit. There’s no way a 410 calorie slice is his mainstay. And speaking of super trim dudes, steal their lean for life knowledge in our exclusive report 25 Weight Loss Tips From The World's Fittest Men.
1,070 calories, 72 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 4 g trans fat), 1,930 mg sodium, 36 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 70 g protein
Dave’s Triple is triple trouble! Start with three beef patties and you’re already skating on thin nutritional ice. To make matters worse, this dish has three pieces of processed cheese and fatty mayo. The result? A burger that has two days’ of heart-harming trans fat and as much fat as nearly five orders of small fries off the Wendy’s menu.
32JACK IN THE BOX
Bacon & Swiss Buttery Jack
887 calories, 59 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,346 mg sodium, 48 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 42 g protein
Jack in the Box’s menu has come a long way in the past few years, but a few major changes still need to be made, including banishing this bacon-topped beef burger. If the double helping of meat wasn’t bad enough, Jack adds garlic herb butter, Swiss cheese and globs of bacon mayo to his signature bun—and your buns will pay for it if you indulge. Just say no to this rear-expanding dish. Trying to slim down and trim the fat? Check out these 50 Best-Ever Weight Loss Tips!
Large Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dream Master Blast
2,300 calories, 144 g fat (72 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1,170 mg sodium, 232 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 196 g sugar, 37 g protein
One former Sonic employee may have told the Reddit community to never order the Steak or Grilled Chicken, but we found something else you should back away from. This super-sized sip has more calories than 29 chocolate chip cookies, more fat than 43 strips of pan-fried bacon and more sugar than 7 Snicker bars! Is any more explanation as to why it made this list really required? Didn’t think so. Stay away if you want to protect your hard-earned flat belly!
Shrimp Po' Boy
690 calories, 42 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 2,165 mg sodium, 66 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 31 g protein
If you want something fried and starchy at Popeyes go with the Loaded Chicken Wrap and skip this crustacean-filled calorie bomb. With a day’s worth of salt and half a day’s trans fat—the most dangerous fat in all the land—this is one nutritionally poor Po Boy.
1/2 Rack St. Louis Style BBQ Ribs
990 calories, 75 g fat (24 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 2,270 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 20 g sugar, 50 g protein
You knew ribs weren’t exactly healthy but did you realize that they are filled with so much fat and sugar?! To keep 400+ calories and 73 grams (!!!) of waist-expanding fat off of your plate, ask for the Quarter Skinless Rotisserie Chicken with Zesty BBQ Sauce, Fresh Vegetable Stuffing, Garlic Dill New Potatoes. Wouldn't you rather enjoy a big plate of variety instead of one lame rack of ribs? We know we would! For more insider info on all of your favorite eateries, check out these 25 Things Fast Food Chains Don't Want You to Know!
1/2 lb.Thickburger El Diablo
1,290 calories, 85 g fat (32 g saturated fat, n/a trans fat), 2,790 mg sodium, 4 g fiber, 14 g sugar, 50 g protein
Nine times out of ten we’d be on board with anything and everything spicy; mainly because capsaicin—the compound that makes your tongue hurt so good—is a known metabolism-booster. But this jalapeno, pepper-jack cheese, and habanero topped burger is most definitely an exception to the rule. Not only does it fill your belly with half a day’s calories, but it also has more salt than 27 saltine crackers—which is more than an entire day’s worth! Next time you’re at Carl’s, order the All-Natural Burger sans mayo instead, and raise the heat with an addition of jalapeno coins.
Italian Combo Sandwich on Ciabatta
Whole sandwich: 1,000 calories, 41 g fat (16 g saturated fat, 1 g trans fat), 2,850 mg sodium, 97 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 42 g protein
The combination of four types of meat skyrockets this sandwich’s calorie, fat, and sodium count beyond reason. If you can’t bear to part with this sad excuse for a lunchtime classic, at least order the half-portion and pair it with a house salad—your waistline and blood pressure with thank you. For even more ways to slim down and get fit, check out these 42 Ways to Lose 5 Inches of Belly Fat.
The J.J. Gargantuan
1,134 calories, 55.3 g fat (14.8 g saturated fat, n/a trans fat), 3,534 mg sodium, 83.1 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 72.4 g protein
Jimmy says that this sandwich is “huge enough to feed the hungriest of all humans!” And we think he hit the nail on the head—1,134 calories is a lot to down in one sitting. Thanks to the salami, sliced smoked ham, capicola, roast beef, turkey and provolone combo you’ll also get a day and a half of fat—what a deal! (If you can’t tell, we’re being sarcastic.)
39LONG JOHN SILVER’S
Baja Fish Taco
2 tacos: 1,160 calories, 78 g fat (20 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fats), 2,660 mg sodium, 82 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 32 g protein
Fat in the breeding, fat in the sauce, fat in the tortillas—and none of it’s the healthy kind. It all adds up to a full day’s worth of the stuff, plus nearly a full day's allotment of salt. While Long John Silver’s has come a long way in recent years, there are still plenty of fried entrees that could sink your battleship.
1/2 lb. FlameThrower GrillBurger
970 calories, 68 g fat (25 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,580 mg sodium, 39 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 9 g sugar, 51 g protein
Picking the worst dish at DQ was pretty tough. Though a 970 calorie burger is borderline unethical, that’s nothing compared to the chain’s 1,250 calorie 6-piece Chicken Strip Basket. At the end of the day, though, the burger’s massive trans fat count earned it a place on our Terrible 20 list. While the chicken has just a half-gram of the stuff, this bad boy burger packs an entire day’s worth. Skip it at all cost. Now that you've met some of the worst kids on Fast Food Lane, why not team up with some of the best with the help of our exclusive report, 25 Restaurant Meals Under 500 Calories!
The Worst of the Worst
Let’s recap! Now that you know the sketchiest choice for 40 popular American restaurants, you’ve probably started to look for what’s really bad. Ranked simply by calories in this instance, the scariest item on this entire list is a plate of Buffalo Wild Wings’ Large Boneless Wings with 2,580 calories. The experts at Eat This, Not That! take solace in that this dish is an appetizer and probably being shared among people—but we can’t say the same for the Pasta Carbonara with Chicken (2,291 calories) from The Cheesecake Factory or Sonic’s Large Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Dream Master Blast (2,300 calories). Be careful, people. You’ve officially been warned.
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