On Instagram, over-the-top food upstages all. Multiple layers, mounds of toppings, sky-high globs of sauce, and creative (yet, disgusting) mash-ups practically guarantee more likes. But in real life, over-the-top food means you’ll likely be left with a gut that spills over the top of your jeans. Which is why each year, The Center for Science in the Public Interest names winners of its “Xtreme Eating Awards” where the year’s most ridiculous over-the-top dishes are called out for their enormous calorie counts, massive sodium contents, and colossal sugar loads. We’ve picked out the highlights from this year’s belly-busting gold medalists so you’ll know which eats to steer clear of next time you’re dining out.
Applebee’s Build Your Sampler
3,390 calories, 205 g fat (65 g saturated fat), 11,650 mg sodium, 275 g carb, 23 g fiber, 39 g sugar, 104 g protein (stats for cheeseburger egg rolls, brew pub pretzels & beer cheese dip, chicken quesadilla, boneless wing with classic buffalo sauce, spinach and artichoke dip)
Now we know you’re probably not eating a sampler alone, but even split four ways, you’re still consuming 850 calories (which is more than you’d find in a Big Mac) before your entrée even arrives!
Maggiano’s Marco’s Meal for Two
Per person: 2,840 calories, 159 g fat (79.5 g saturated fat), 6, 390 mg sodium, 247.5 g carbs, 28 g fiber, 74 g sugar, 107 g protein (stats for mozzarella marinara, Taylor Street baked ziti with Italian sausage, fettuccini alfredo, and warm apple crostada)
For that same amount of fat, you could eat two and half tubs of Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream!
The Cheesecake Factory Fried Chicken and Waffles Benedict
2,580 calories, N/A g fat (86 g saturated fat), 3,390 mg sodium, N/A g carbs, N/A g fiber, 60 g sugar, N/A g protein
This is definitely one of the worst breakfasts in America. For the amount of saturated fat you’d down indulging in this platter you could guzzle down 1.5 sticks of butter! Are you gagging yet?
Dave & Buster's Short Rib and Cheesy Mac Stack
1, 910 calories, N/A g fat (42 g saturated fat), 3, 390 mg sodium, N/A g carbs, N/A g fiber, N/A g sugar
If you wouldn’t finish off two large bags of Lay's classic potato chips in one sitting you should stay far away from this stack. It packs the same amount of bloat-inducing salt!
Sonic RT 44 Grape Slush with Rainbow Candy
970 calories, N/A g fat, 110 g sodium, 253 g carbs, N/A g g fiber, 247 g sugar, N/A g protein
You could consume the same amount of sugar by eating two-dozen Glazed Krispy Kreme donuts!
Buffalo Wild Wings Dessert Nachos
2,100 calories, 119 g fat (64 g saturated fat), 1660 mg sodium, 230 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 125 g sugar
For that amount of fat and sugar you could eat 10 Hershey’s bars. And that's after you’ve already eaten calorie-dense, sodium-packed wings for dinner.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill Whole Hog Burger
2,850 calories, 187 g fat (62 g saturated fat), 9,790 mg sodium, 126 g carbs, 11 g fiber, 18 g sugar, 119 g protein
We’re super salty about the sodium content in this burger. You’ll find same amount of sodium in 14 large orders of Burger King french fries!
Jersey Mike’s Subs Giant Chipotle Cheesesteak
1,850 calories, 103 g fat (30 g saturated fat), 4,330 mg sodium, 138 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 15 g sugar, 81 g protein
For that same carb count, you could finish off nearly six slices of a standard Domino’s cheese pizza. That’s almost the whole pie! For more horrible restaurant dishes you'll want to avoid check out these 25 Worst New Restaurant Dishes in America!
Romano’s Macaroni Grill Cremini Pork Shank
1,800 calories, 124 g fat (43 g saturated fat), 3,700 g sodium, 43 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 138 g protein
With this calorie, fat, and sodium count you could hit the Taco Bell drive through and order ten, yes ten, soft beef tacos. (OMG!)