101 Unhealthiest Menu Items in America
Eating out should be a treat, not an opportunity to set your diet up for defeat.
On any given week, six out of 10 Americans eat out at least once, according to a Gallup poll. That means that the majority of Americans relinquish control of their diets and put it in the hands of restaurants across the country. Don't get us wrong: we're all for taking a night off from cooking. But the problem is that without the proper nutritional guidance, there's a chance you may wind up ordering one of these dietary disasters.
Would you prefer to take a seat and fork into a salad that packs in upwards of 1,000 calories, or into an appetizer that has more than a day's worth of sodium? We think not.
We researched the menus at the nation's most popular restaurants and crunched the nutritionals to discover the absolute unhealthiest orders on restaurant menus. We sorted them into appetizers, salads, pizza, pasta, sandwiches, burgers, other entrées, breakfast, beverages, and desserts.
To help you make the right decisions when you're dining out, we've compiled these foods into this list of 101 unhealthiest menu items that are so unhealthy that they're basically evil. Yes, evil—these diet saboteurs are looking to wreak havoc on your blood pressure, blood sugar, and your waistline! Next time you order out, steer clear of these menu disasters and heed these 35 Tips for Being Healthy at Restaurants before you pick a place for food.
These appetizers set your meal up for disaster early.
Chili's White Spinach Queso
Chips and dip is never a good idea—the snack is super caloric and packs in an outrageous amount of fat, carbs, and sodium, without much else. If you're looking to order a starter at Chili's, go with the Original Chicken Crispers, which boast 960 fewer calories and 56 fewer grams of fat than this pick. Plus, make this swap, and you'll save nearly a full day's worth of sodium.
Red Robin's Chili Chili Cheese Fries
You'll find eight slices of white bread worth of carbs in this plate of steak-cut fries loaded with Red Robin's trademarked Red's Chili Chili, as well as cheese, bacon crumbles, jalapeños, and ranch sauce.
Outback Steakhouse's Aussie Signature Sampler
Order the Aussie Sampler, and you'll get a taste of everything—including a wider waistline. The sampler comes packed with Outback's famous Bloomin' Onion petals served with the spicy signature bloom sauce, Steakhouse Mac and Cheese bites with house-made ranch dressing, and a generous portion of the Aussie Cheese Fries. This monstrous app boasts 2.5 more grams of trans fat than a McDonald's Big Mac! If your taste buds are begging you to order this, make sure to split the dish with your mates.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill's Mucho Nachos with Pulled Pork
Uno's Mucho Nachos are as excessive as they sound: the plate is chock-full of tortilla chips, cheddar, mozzarella, salsa, beef chili, black olives, banana peppers, and jalapeños, and topped with a generous dollop of sour cream. That fatty combo delivers double the recommended daily intake of heart-harming saturated fat and 1,900 more milligrams of sodium than what you should eat in an entire day.
Applebee's Neighborhood Nachos with Beef
Loaded nachos may be a crowd pleaser, but this rendition isn't doing your body any favors. A bed of white corn tortilla chips is smothered with taco-seasoned ground beef, queso blanco, cheddar cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, and fried jalapeños. This finger food will cost you over two day's worth of saturated fat and sodium if you're not splitting it with pals. And that's before you even order the main entrée.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill's Pizza Skins
If you're dining at Uno, we're guessing you're here for the infamous deep dish pies. But if you're looking to pregame your pizza with a cheesy appetizer, you'll want to split this fat-filled and carb-loaded platter with a party of six. The joint's signature thick crust is stuffed with even more carbs with the addition of mashed potatoes and then topped with bacon and cheddar.
TGI Fridays' Wings Roulette Platter
TGI Fridays allows you to take control by mixing and matching three servings of your favorite wings—but in reality, you're playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette with your health if you order this appetizer. The plate of wings houses almost as much sugar as a full pint of Häagen-Dazs Banana Peanut Butter Chip ice cream!
Chili's Texas Cheese Fries with Chili (Full Order)
Cheese fries on their own are caloric, so why add bacon, jalapeños, green onions, and ranch to the mix? Not only will you get a plate of soggy fries, but you'll also ingest as much sodium as almost four Auntie Anne's Original pretzels and more than four days' worth of saturated fat!
The Cheesecake Factory's Pork Belly Sliders
The Cheesecake Factory denotes that these pork belly sliders serve two to four people—so make sure you bring your friends to help you polish this off. Best case scenario: if you split the plate in four, you'll take in 510 calories, which is an appropriate number of calories for an entire meal. Do you really want to subject yourself to that before even placing your entrée order?
Applebee's The Classic Combo with Brisket Quesadilla
Applebee's advertises that you're getting "all the classic apps you love" on one plate, but 2,260 calories worth of boneless wings, spinach and artichoke dip, brisket quesadilla, and mozzarella sticks aren't pulling our heartstrings. With a staggering 6,050 milligrams of sodium—which is equivalent to spooning just over 2.5 teaspoons of the salty stuff into your mouth—we don't think this appetizer is worth the nutritional setback.
Outback Steakhouse's Bloomin' Onion
Just as Outback is known for its iconic pumpernickel bread, folks also come to the steakhouse for its Bloomin' onion. While the calorie, sodium, and carb counts are clearly excessive, we're most intrigued by the fried onion's outrageous trans fat content. Because there's no naturally-occurring trans fat from animal products in here, that means that Outback is frying its veggie in partially-hydrogenated oil, which has been linked to heart disease as a result of increasing your blood's LDL (bad cholesterol) and reducing the HDL (good cholesterol).
The Cheesecake Factory's Factory Nachos with Spicy Chicken
Leave it to The Cheesecake Factory to dish up one of the most caloric restaurant appetizers in the country. While these stacked nachos serve two to four people, they still manage to cram in the most calories and fat out of all the appetizers on our list. These spicy-chicken-topped nachos boast as much sodium as 1.7 teaspoons of salt, so if you wouldn't spoon that into your mouth, then why would you order this plate?
These salads are anything but healthy.
Chili's Quesadilla Explosion Salad
The "explosion" is what happens to your mind when you realize what's in this "salad." Chili's highest-calorie salad will supply you with 1.5 days' worth of fat, thanks in no small part to its "garnish"—an order of cheese quesadillas!
Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad with Crispy Chicken
Why is this salad so hefty in every nutritional across the board? Part of it is attributable to the Oriental vinaigrette, which tacks on nearly 60 grams of total fat and 9 grams of saturated fat. Another reason is that the salad is served with a golden brown signature breadstick and it already contains rice noodles, hence the high carb content. And to complete the triumvirate of dietary doom, it's topped with a generous pile of fried chicken bits to boot. What exactly makes this a salad again?
California Pizza Kitchen Waldorf Chicken Salad
CPK's salad menu is littered with high-calorie full salads, such as this one. There's no reason that this salad should cost you over a grand of calories. It contains field greens, grilled chicken breast, grapes, green apples, candied walnuts, celery, Gorgonzola cheese, and housemade Dijon balsamic vinaigrette. When mixed together in reasonable proportions, there's nothing inherently wrong with these ingredients. However, CPK's behemoth portion sizes will throw your entire day off kilter. Choose the full size of the Roasted Veggie salad instead to save about 600 calories.
Cheesecake Factory Chinese Chicken Salad
Bet you weren't expecting to consume the sugar equivalent of 4.5 pocket size bags (2 ounces) of Haribo gummy bears in a salad. That's not to mention you'll also be gulping down the same amount of total fat as you'd get munching on 70 Doritos Nacho Cheese chips. Opt for the more calorically-reserved Seared Tuna Tataki Salad instead for just 490 calories.
TGI Friday's Charbroiled Fajita Salad with Fajita Rice
Even though this doesn't look like a traditional salad, it still falls under TGI Friday's Salad section. A giant, fried taco bowl encloses succulent strips of pineapple-soy marinated steak,
fajita rice, mixed cheese, an assortment of vegetables, and some mixed greens. While this taco salad is high in calories, the real kicker here is the sodium content, exceeding all of the other options in this section by almost 1,000 milligrams.
California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
You know something's amiss when the salad packs more than twice as many calories as the pizza. It goes without mention that this is not a healthy choice.
On the Border Grande Taco Salad With Ground Beef with Chipotle-Honey Mustard Dressing
This salad is nearly equivalent to two Whoppers from Burger King. This beltline-busting bowl boasts a little over a full day's worth of saturated fat and an entire day's worth of heart-taxing sodium. The Chipotle-Honey Mustard Dressing alone adds 330 calories, 31 grams of fat, and 12 grams of sugar.
California Pizza Kitchen Thai Crunch Salad
This salad packs more sugar than two Hershey chocolate bars (1.55 ounces).
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Ruby Tuesday Crispy Chicken Ranch Salad
When you sat down for dinner at Ruby Tuesday, did you expect to blow through your entire day's sodium budget on just one salad? The breaded fried chicken tenders add the majority of the sodium to the dish, specifically 55 percent with 1,248 milligrams.
You might want to resist one of these slices.
Little Caesars' DEEP!DEEP! Dish 3 Meat Treat Pizza
This thick crust pizza pie is stacked high with three kinds of meat: pepperoni, Italian sausage, and bacon. One slice packs one gram more of saturated fat than what one Hershey's chocolate bar (43 grams) contains. At least with the chocolate bar you're eating about 200 less calories.
Pizza Hut's Pepperoni Lover's, Large Original Pan Pizza
This pizza pie lures all of the pepperoni lovers of the world, but it comes at a price to your health. If you really love pepperoni but don't want to lose 460 calories over it, you could opt for the normal pepperoni large original pan for 380 calories, 7 grams of saturated fat, and 720 milligrams of sodium. It's not the best option you could eat, but it's the lesser of two evils here.
Pizza Hut's Meat Lover's, Large Original Pan Pizza
It's pretty obvious where this gargantuan slice of pizza gets its calories from, yes? Pizza Hut's Meat Lover's pizza has got it all—pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, pork, and beef. One large slice of this pizza contains more calories and total fat than a double cheeseburger at McDonald's.
Mellow Mushroom's Great White Pizza
Um, 480 calories for a cheese pizza? That's a lot of calories for a single slice of pie with no toppings. Mellow Mushroom, what kind of cheese are you layering this pizza with over there? It turns out, this option contains a lot more than just your standard shredded mozzarella. Here's what the site says is on the caloric slice: "Olive oil and garlic base with sun-dried roasted tomatoes, provolone, feta cheese, seasoned ricotta, fresh basil, mozzarella, roma tomatoes, and onions." Did you drool? Hopefully, you didn't, because one slice makes up about a quarter of your daily calories—yes, that is only for just one slice!
Mellow Mushroom's Mighty Meaty Pizza
Are we beginning to see a trend here? Pizzas that are loaded in meat inevitably contain more calories, fat, and sodium. Mellow Mushroom's Mighty Meaty pizza is the perfect example with pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham, and bacon, which hikes up the calorie count to over 500 for a single slice.
Mellow Mushroom's Buffalo Chicken Pizza
Mellow Mushroom strikes again with yet another high-in-calories pizza. Not only does the Buffalo Chicken variety cost you nearly 550 calories per large slice, but it also costs you 1,610 milligrams of sodium. For perspective, that's as much sodium that's in about 17 Snyder's Pretzel Rods.
Sbarro's NY Pepperoni Slice
Technically, this is an extra-large pizza slice, but we thought we would toss this classic slice of pepperoni in the lineup because of how caloric it is. Not to mention, if you've ever popped into a Sbarro (it's a staple at just about any major mall) you'll notice that it's the only size you can get, which subjects you to more calories, saturated fat, and sodium, without giving you a choice to opt for a smaller slice. Yikes!
Uno Pizzeria and Grill's Chicago Classic Pizza
Uno's Chicago Classic is the chain's attempt at emulating Chicago's deep dish pizza. However, be warned, because this pizza is packing in calories—over 800, to be specific. What's even more concerning is the saturated fat content at 18 grams. The American Heart Association recommends that you consume no more than 13 grams of saturated fat in one day to prevent heart disease. With this slice of pizza, you get your daily amount and then some. It better be worth sacrificing your entire day's worth in just one sitting.
Uno Pizzeria and Grill's Chicago Meat Market Pizza
There's a reason why this pizza is called the Meat Market. Topped with layers of steak, meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, and mozzarella, this slice of pizza is chock-full of sodium. In fact, you'd have to drink more than two cups of Swanson's Chicken Broth to achieve the same amount of sodium.
Uno Pizzeria and Grill's Chicago Fire Pizza
Uno Pizzeria & Grill snags the top three spots for the country's unhealthiest slices of pizza. Clocking in at a near 1,000 calories for just one 12-inch slice of deep-dish pizza is the Chicago Fire. What could possibly make this slice of pizza so dense in calories? Well, it's topped with chicken tenders and generously sprinkled with gorgonzola, cheddar, and mozzarella, and then heavily drizzled in bleu cheese dressing. That just about explains it, don't you think?
You won't believe the nutritionals of these carb-heavy behemoths.
Cheesecake Factory Fettuccini Alfredo with Chicken
Um, excuse me Cheesecake Factory? Why does this plate of fettuccini Alfredo contain a whopping 154 grams of total fat? For comparison, a stick of butter contains 92 grams of total fat, which isn't much greater than this meal.
Red Lobster Cajun Chicken Linguini Alfredo
This Cajun chicken pasta is towering in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. If you're adamant about ordering it, get the half portion or split it with a friend.
Cheesecake Factory Louisiana Chicken Pasta
This bowl of pasta has southern soul food written all over it. Unfortunately, this fried, creamy plate of heaven is not something to be praised. Just one serving contains 4 grams of trans fat, which is known to raise bad cholesterol levels known as LDL, according to the American Heart Association.
Romano Macaroni Grill's Mama's Trio
Don't let this photo fool you. While the portion sizes of this decadent chicken parmesan, lasagna bolognese, and fettuccine Alfredo appear to be modest, all three amount to more calories than you need in an entire day. If eaten in one sitting, the meal exceeds your entire day's worth of calories by about 100 calories—assuming you eat 2,000 calories a day—as well as your daily allowance of fat by just over 50 grams. Yikes!
Cheesecake Factory Bistro Shrimp Pasta
Who doesn't love a carb-laden bowl of creamy pasta? Unfortunately, like many dishes from the Cheesecake Factory, this one is chock-full of the bad stuff such as excess saturated fat, sodium, and even too much protein. All of which put extra stress on the heart. Do yourself a favor and skip the crispy beer battered shrimp pasta and opt for a more sensible menu item that costs you a quarter of the energy and nutrients! Even the Margherita Flatbread pizza at 740 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat, and 1,770 milligrams of sodium is a much better option.
Cheesecake Factory Pasta Carbonara with Chicken
The Cheesecake Factory strikes out yet again with another fat-laden meal. The restaurant's pasta carbonara with chicken houses nearly 70 grams of saturated fat, well above the recommended 13 grams the American Heart Association says is safe for heart health.
Carrabba's Fettuccine Weesie with Whole Grain Spaghetti
When you first glance at the list of ingredients in this dish, it's hard to imagine how it totals to be such a nutritional nightmare, with fresh ingredients like chopped scallions and mushrooms topped onto a bed of noodles. However, it's the lemon butter sauce and the portion size that pushes this dish's calorie, saturated fat, sodium, and carb contents over the edge. For perspective, this one dish packs 1,200 milligrams more than the recommended daily allotment.
Olive Garden's Chicken & Shrimp Carbonara
Not only does this plate of pasta pack nearly a day's worth of sodium, but it also contains 3 grams of trans fat, an artificial fat that's been linked to heart disease. All of this is before you tack on the breadsticks and salad.
Carrabba's Pasta Georgio with Whole Grain Spaghetti
With a staggering 3,610 milligrams of sodium, Carrabba's Pasta Georgio is one of the saltiest pasta dishes you get at a restaurant. Between the sauce, meatballs, and a generous serving of mozzarella, this dish calls for several glasses of water if you decided to eat it all in one sitting.
TGI Friday's Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Um, how is this dish so caloric and astronomically high in sodium? We'll tell you how. This pasta dish is doused in both marinara and alfredo sauces and sprinkled with a generous serving of shredded cheese and parmesan cheese. If you factor in the crispy breaded chicken and buttery, garlic breadstick, you can only imagine the amount of water you will have to guzzle after tackling this sodium-filled meal in one sitting.
The humble sandwich becomes a monster meal when you order these picks.
Cheesecake Factory Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
Just when you thought the cheesecake was the fattiest food item on the menu at the Cheesecake Factory, they offer a meal such as this. The sandwich packs 144 grams of total fat, 65 grams of which is pure saturated fat.
Perkins' Patty Melt Pile On Sandwich
Perkins dishes up an old-fashioned patty melt, but not one you should eat often. Why? There are over 1,400 calories in this sandwich, and may we remind you that's without any sides. If you must satisfy your hankering for this classic burger, split with a loved one rather than eating the whole thing yourself.
Popeyes Catfish Po' Boy Sandwich
This classic southern sandwich contains two grams of trans fat nestled inside a bed of fried shrimp. In addition to that, you'll also consume about a half day's worth of sodium.
Jersey Mike's #43: Chipotle Cheese Steak with mayonnaise
The #43 Chipotle Cheese Steak sandwich can be found under Jersey Mike's hot subs list. Here's how the company's site markets the grub: "Bring on the heat! Our Chipotle Cheese Steak is sure to put a pep in your step." By pep in your step, do they mean a step closer to developing hypertension? This sandwich packs more than 2,600 milligrams of sodium, which is more than 300 milligrams past the recommended daily allotment. For those who already have high blood pressure, the AHA suggests consuming no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day. Eating this sandwich in one sitting would cause one with high blood pressure to ingest 1.75 times more sodium than what's recommended for the day.
Jimmy John's Italian Nightclub
Jimmy John's has a knack for naming their sandwiches after different clubs, and for making them all high in sodium. Several slices of salami, capicola, ham, and provolone drizzled with vinegar sit between the sub bun, all of which hike up the sodium content and fat content. For a healthier option, order this sandwich without the bun and have it with a lettuce wrap instead. Not only does this cut the number of calories in half, but it also cuts the sodium count down to 2,110 milligrams, which is still very high but nonetheless an improvement.
Arby's Half Pound French Dip & Swiss with Au Jus
The AHA estimates that the average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium every single day—well over the suggested allotment of 2,300 milligrams. This sandwich—served with au jus—amounts to that extraordinarily high number on its own. The au jus is a French culinary term for a reduction sauce made from the juices that collect from roasting red meat and either stock or broth. One cup of Swanson's Beef Broth contains a whopping 833 milligrams of sodium alone, and that's all for only 15 calories.
Jersey Mike's #44: Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak
The worst sodium offender of them all? Jersey Mike's Buffalo Chicken Cheese Steak. At 3,625 milligrams of sodium, this sandwich packs over 1.5 times the amount of sodium you're supposed to consume in one day. Between the chicken, blue cheese dressing, and Frank's Red hot sauce, this sandwich takes the cake as the most sodium-ridden. There must be a lot of hot sauce on here, with just one tablespoon consisting of 460 milligrams of the stuff.
Potbelly's Wrecking Ball, Originals
This sandwich came into Potbelly's secret underground menu like a wrecking ball. (Cue Miley Cyrus.) Perhaps only devout Potbelly customers know about the sandwich shop's underground menu, on which this behemoth sandwich can be found. This sandwich is just like the "A Wreck" sandwich on the menu, which consists of ham, turkey, Angus roast beef, and salami, except this one stacks on a few meatballs with marinara sauce and provolone cheese, and is then topped with tomato, lettuce, and mayo. Honestly, with that lineup of both processed meat and red meat, it's hard to believe this sandwich doesn't contain 3,000 milligrams of sodium. Still, at a staggering 2,210 milligrams of sodium, this sandwich falls 90 milligrams short of wiping out an entire day's worth of sodium. You'd be better off ordering the "A Wreck" sandwich, which amounts to 1,520 milligrams of sodium.
Firehouse Subs' Steak & Cheese
This cheesesteak from Firehouse Subs is loaded in sodium. Crumbles of sautéed steak, slices of melted provolone, and a swath of mayonnaise and mustard all contribute to this extraordinarily high sodium content. For context, one teaspoon of salt is equivalent to 2,300 milligrams of sodium—imagine how thirsty you would be after that. Well, eating this sandwich will yield a similar experience.
You'll see just how high the toppings (and calories) can go with these burgers!
Uno Pizzeria & Grill Bacon Cheddar Burger
Say hello to this artery-clogging burger. But seriously, there are 245 milligrams of cholesterol in the juicy burger, which is almost your entire's day worth at 300 milligrams. Those with a high risk of heart disease should especially steer clear because this meal surpasses their daily recommended allotment of just 200 milligrams.
The Cheesecake Factory Mushroom Burger
This burger from The Cheesecake Factory may not look like it's huge, but trust us when we say it's loaded in calories, fat, and sodium. Or, better yet, just refer to the numbers above. For an equivalent amount of total fat, you could eat nearly eight Dove Milk Chocolate Bars.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill Bacon Me Happy Burger
OK, but is this burger really going to make you happy? We would argue that's not likely going to happen after eating this much meat in one sitting. This bacon-stacked burger contains an off-the-charts number of calories, fat, sodium, carbs, and protein. To put into perspective just how much 82 grams of protein is, the typical woman (who does not exercise) should consume about 45 grams a day—that's nearly double her daily necessary intake! Men who lead sedentary lifestyles should only consume 56 grams, which also falls well below the protein this burger offers.
Chili's Queso Beef Burger
Crunchy tortilla strips coat this queso-dressed burger, which contribute to this meal's nearly day's worth of sodium.
Red Robin's Red-Eye Rambler
Red Robin's Red-Eye Rambler packs 21 grams of saturated fat, which is in line with the recommended daily allowance of about 20-22 grams. Ideally, you should limit your saturated fat intake to just 13 grams a day to prevent heart disease and stroke, according to the American Heart Association. With this burger, you'd be getting a whole day's worth in just one burger!
Uno Pizzeria & Grill Breakfast All Day Burger
This isn't your ordinary breakfast sandwich. A sandwich of this caliber is absurdly unhealthy, clocking in at 147 grams fat, 4,220 milligrams sodium, and 92 grams protein. That's right, it actually makes McDonald's bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich at 550 calories and 25 grams of fat look healthy.
The Cheesecake Factory's Americana Cheeseburger
We all know The Cheesecake Factory offers some of the most caloric pasta dishes and cheesecake slices on the planet, so is it really any surprise that their burgers are just as calorie-heavy? This burger alone comprises just over two-thirds of your daily calories.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill Double Grilled Cheese Burger
Talk about double trouble. As if one generous helping of cheese wasn't loaded in fat on its own, Uno Pizzeria & Grill decided to amp up the fat content with this double grilled cheeseburger.
Chili's The Boss Beef Burger
The picture does all of the talking for us. This burger is truly an artery-clogging monster with 44 grams of saturated fat and more than 3,000 milligrams of sodium. Not to mention, it packs nearly 100 grams of protein, which is far too much for your body to metabolize all at once. In fact, different experts say that the body can only utilize between 15-35 grams of protein at a time for muscle-building.
Buffalo Wild Wings Cheese Curd Bacon Burger without French Fries
Buffalo Wild Wings may be known for its, well, expansive list of chicken wings, but it also offers calorie-packed burgers such as the one above. The cheese curd and bacon-filled burger packs a whopping 116 grams of total fat, which is comparable to eating about 77 Lay's potato chips.
Uno Pizzeria & Grill's Whole Hog Burger
It's time to talk about the Whole Hog Burger from Uno Pizzeria & Grill. Not only is this the most unhealthy burger you can order from major restaurant chains, but it's also one of the fattiest meals on the planet, clocking in at 212 grams of total fat and 77 grams of saturated fat. Oh, and that's without the French fries and onion rings that come with the over one-pound-of-meat burger, which would hike that total calories figure up to a whopping 3,510 calories. This burger is so alarming high in calories, fat, and sodium that it was featured in The Center for Science in the Public Interest's Xtreme Eating 2016 roundup.
These meals are over-the-top in more ways than one.
Chili's Bacon Ranch Steak Quesadilla
Clocking in at 137 grams of fat is Chili's bacon ranch and beef quesadilla. For context, 137 grams is nearly double the amount of fat in an entire pint of Häagen-Dazs chocolate ice cream, which amounts to 68 grams of fat. This quesadilla is also chock-full of saturated fat, coming in at a whopping 46 grams. And for reference, only a mere 10 percent of the calories you eat per day should be saturated fat.
Red Lobster Ultimate Feast
This dish is called the ultimate feast for a reason—this dish is complete with lobster tail, crab legs, and two different kinds of shrimp.
O'Charley's Nashville Hot Baby Back Ribs (With Fries and Broccoli)
Is it just us or do these ribs appear to be glistening in this photo? Not so fast though! Before sinking into a slab of these bad boys, you should be warned—the fat content is sky-high at 142 grams, as is the sodium content at 5,510 milligrams. That's more than double the daily recommendation of just 2,300 milligrams of sodium!
Red Lobster Seaside Shrimp Trio
High in calories, high in fat, and seriously high in saturated fat (it's at 80 percent of daily intake recommendations), you'll want to refrain from chowing down on this meal for dinner.
Cheesecake Factory Chicken Katsu
Even though this behemoth dish is reserved for Cheesecake Factory goers in Hawaii, we're still shocked the chain would even offer something like this. It's packed with fat, sodium, and protein. Beware though, this seemingly harmless chicken and rice dish is not something you want to indulge in, especially all at once!
Chili's Ultimate Smokehouse Combo: Jalapeno-Cheddar Smoked Sausage, Ribs (Dry Rub), Crispers Honey Chipotle w/ Ranch
That nutritional information also includes the side of chile-garlic toast, garlic dill pickles, homestyle fries, and roasted street corn—as if three different types of meat wasn't enough. Meat-lovers surely appreciate this heart-stopping platter for one. This heart attack on a tray costs you nearly three times your daily amount of sodium, not to mention double the amount of total fat.
Cheesecake Factory Fish & Chips
Fish is without question one of the healthiest foods you can eat. However, this dish covers everything that was healthy with batter and oil. Not only is the fat content of 121 grams a day and a half's worth of your recommended daily allowance of 78 grams, but it also packs a gargantuan amount of sodium. For context, you should consume a max of 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day, and this meal exceeds that value by over 600 milligrams.
Buffalo Wild Wings Boneless Large Thai Curry Wings
This dish doesn't exactly embody the heartiness of a bowl of Thai chicken curry. In fact, it couldn't be more different in terms of health benefits. At a staggering 2,790 calories and 172 grams of fat, this is one of the fattiest dishes you can order from a restaurant chain in the United States.
Texas Roadhouse's 12-ounce Ribeye with Ribs
This meal has as much fat as 10 tablespoons of butter. Even more disturbing is the trans fat content at a whopping 6 grams. Considering you shouldn't consume trans fat in your diet, this makes us very concerned that one meal packs so much artery-clogging fat. Steer clear of this menu item, friends.
Outback Steakhouse 24-ounce Slow-Roasted Prime Rib
It's not surprising that consuming 1.5 pounds of fatty red meat would cost you over a day's worth of calories and more than three day's worth of saturated fat. However, what truly takes the cake here is that alarming 10 grams of trans fat. For perspective, you shouldn't be consuming any trans fat in a given day, so the fact that this meal provides 10 grams is enough reason to steer clear.
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Friendly's Southern Chicken & Waffles
This meal packs in five honey-maple-sauce-covered crispy chicken tenders on a Belgian waffle. Wolfing down this breakfast means you'll set yourself back more sugar than if you had two and a half Cinnabon Classic Cinnamon Rolls. To get the mix of sweet n' salty you crave—for a fraction of the calories and fat—order pancakes with two slices of bacon instead. Or better yet, stay home and whip up one of these best healthy pancake recipes.
Cheesecake Factory Bruléed French Toast with Bacon
It's utterly shocking to see a plate of French toast with a side of bacon accumulate 131 grams of fat. You could satisfy your day's worth (plus some) of fat and carbs with this meal order.
IHOP Chicken and Waffles
Chicken and waffles at any restaurant are high in calories and fat. At IHOP, you can choose to add buttermilk ranch, honey mustard, or IHOP sauce to the already caloric plate of chicken & waffles, and you'll tack on anywhere between 220 and 260 additional calories to the meal.
Bob Evans Meat Farmer's Choice Breakfast
With more than a day's worth of fat, saturated fat, and about two full days' worth of sodium, this Bob Evans breakfast plate is a real doozy for your arteries. Switch to the Rise and Shine platter for a tasty mix of cooked-to-order eggs, homefries, and breakfast meats. Order the freshly cracked eggs, sausage links, and hash browns to save a whopping 3,430 milligrams of sodium and about 1,520 calories.
Perkins Hearty Man's Combo
This meal packs in two eggs, smoked sausage, two Applewood smoked bacon strips, two sausage links, breakfast potatoes, and the signature Banana Nut Mammoth Muffin. This amount of processed meat equates to over 1 and a half more times the daily value of fat as well as over a day's worth of sodium, added sugars, and saturated fat. You'd think that a muffin is a safe bet, but it actually has more sugar than Perkins' three buttermilk pancakes with pancake syrup. If you're looking for a protein-rich meal without the processed meat, opt for the Pork Chop dish for double the protein but 600 fewer calories, as well as half the fat and saturated fat.
IHOP Fried Steak and Eggs
This meal packs in eight ounces of fried beef steak, sausage gravy, two fried eggs, hash browns, and two buttermilk pancakes (pancake syrup not included). When you see the words "fried" and "steak" next to each other on your breakfast menu, just keep scanning for something else. No matter what the chefs serve it with, and no matter where you place the order, it's a bad idea for your body—especially with as much sodium as 150 Rold Gold Pretzels.
Cheesecake Factory's Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
OK, we get the appeal here, this dish marries two iconic breakfast meals into one. A sugary, buttery cinnamon roll is molded into three large, fluffy pancakes. With over 200 grams of carbs and 137 grams of sugar, this is one of the worst meals you can start your day with. In fact, you wipe out your entire day's worth of each nutritional except for fiber and protein.
Denny's The Grand Slamich with Hash Browns
This is the ultimate breakfast sandwich, with sausage, scrambled eggs, bacon, ham, and American cheese smushed between two thick slices of grilled potato bread slathered with maple spice spread. The meal is complete with hashbrowns, which is without question what contributes to the extremely high sodium content.
McDonald's Big Breakfast with Hotcakes
For a fast food restaurant, this is a very high-calorie meal. However, when you see what's all included, you'll notice that this meal is comparable to the one you would find in a restaurant with several foods on one giant plate: hotcakes, scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage patty, and a biscuit. Syrup and butter are factored into this mix, too.
Friendly's Cinnamon Bun Pancakes
While not as caloric as Cheesecake Factory's take on cinnamon roll/bun pancakes, we still thought Friendly's version was just as unhealthy and deserved to be recognized as one of the worst breakfast items. Keep in mind, this is without the breakfast meat choice of either bacon or sausage, so anticipate a few extra hundred calories if you decide to tack on either meat option (or both) onto this already hefty meal.
Liquid calories can do some serious damage that you wouldn't expect—just take a look at these nutritionals.
Smoothie King 'The Hulk' Strawberry Smoothie
This 40-ounce cup boasts bananas, strawberries, turbinado sugar, weight gain blend, a super grains blend, and butter pecan ice cream. You'll see that there are 230 grams of sugar, and 154 of those grams are "added sugar." The USDA recommends that we eat no more than 50 grams of added sugar a day, so this smoothie breaks through that barrier over three times! Plus, liquid calories are absorbed more quickly than solid calories, because the digestion process is quicker. That's a sugar rush that will send you flying for a short period of time, and then, of course, will follow a crash.
Jamba Juice Peanut Butter Moo'd Smoothie
Yes, we could have chosen to show the medium-size beverage that has a similar volume to all our other picks, but we chose to showcase the absurdity of this large. We're shocked that Jamba Juice even allows people to buy a smoothie that has nearly 1,000 calories and 120 grams of sugar. If you wouldn't pound three-and-a-half cans of soda in one sitting, you should be skipping out on this waist-expanding smoothie.
TGI Friday's Frozen Blue Hawaiian
This frozen, almost slushie-like drink may look adorable, but beware—this blue drink is loaded in calories and added sugar. A Blue Hawaiian is typically made of rum, pineapple juice, blue curaçao liqueur, and coconut cream. The cream explains why this cocktail costs you 2 grams of saturated fat. If you need a rum fix, opt for a Captain Morgan & Coke at TGI Friday's—it costs you a fraction of the calories and sugar (120 calories, 15 grams of sugar).
Red Lobster's Raspberry Lobsterita
Sorry, but frozen margaritas will cause some damage to the waistline if consumed regularly. Red Lobster's raspberry-flavored margarita also packs the most sugar out of all of the margarita flavors the seafood place has to offer—you've been warned!
TGI Friday's Ultimate Mudslide
TGI Friday's Mudslide cocktail might as well be called a milkshake with Bailey's Irish Cream, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup all swirled into the mix. In addition to Bailey's, Kahlúa and vodka give this drink a boozy boost. Trust us, there are other ways you can get a buzz and not sacrifice 86 grams of sugar.
Red Robin's Blue Moon Beer Shake
In this drink, the Blue Moon Beer Shake from Red Robin mixes Belgian White Blue Moon with Cointreau and orange juice, as well as soft-serve ice cream to concoct the unhealthiest cocktail that you can order from a popular chain restaurant. Not only does this drink amount to more than 800 calories, but it also costs you four more grams of saturated fat and 17 grams more carbs than Red Robin's The Southern Charm Burger. Why not just drink a Blue Moon?
TGI Friday's Flaming Frozen Lava Flow
TGI Friday's strikes again with the creamy and sugar-filled cocktails. How exactly can a cocktail be flaming and frozen all at once you might ask? The top of the cocktail is literally set on fire. Now that's what we call a hot garnish!
Texas Roadhouse Frozen Raspberry Margarita
After you've noshed on a few of Texas Roadhouse's complimentary buttery rolls and ordered your meal, you may feel inclined to top the night off with one of the restaurant's signature frozen margaritas. The team at Eat This, Not That! advises strongly against that, seeing as the raspberry flavor of the classic drink costs you nearly 500 calories and 83 grams of sugar. Instead, order the original margarita on the rocks for just 170 calories and 14 grams of sugar.
Outback Steakhouse's Watermelon Hunch Punch
Outback Steakhouse snags a spot in this unhealthiest restaurant cocktails section. The Hunch Punch also includes Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine, this time mixed with lemonade and fresh watermelon. As a result, you get a cocktail that houses nearly 130 grams of sugar. That's like eating 80 Sour Patch Kids gummies!
Red Lobster's Alotta Colada
For 580 calories, you could either swig on Red Lobster's Alotta Colada boozy beverage, or you could feast on a half portion of the shrimp linguini alfredo dish. With the pasta dish, you save 53 grams of carbs and 96 grams of sugar. So, which will it be?
When those sugar cravings hit, make sure you avoid these caloric desserts.
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The Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Tuxedo Cream Cheesecake
This decadent dessert may combine delicious fudge cake, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate, and vanilla mascarpone mousse, but it's high in carbs, and the sugar content is hard to ignore when you're watching your waistline.
IHOP Banana Crepe With Nutella
Besides having a solid 5 grams of fiber, there is just not much here to keep you sustained until your next meal. The excessive sugar and carb level inside this dish will likely cause you to crash.
The Cheesecake Factory Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake
When a dessert amounts to more than 1,000 calories, that should be a clear indication that it's not good for you. In addition, this cheesecake packs as much sugar as a pint of Ben & Jerry's Chubby Hubby ice cream.
IHOP Stuffed French Toast without Fruit Topping
There's a reason why we're considering this a dessert—would anyone actually eat something this sweet for breakfast? The stuffed version isn't going to do your waistline any favors. Although there is an option to add fresh fruit, this dessert is low in protein and high in calories, fat, and sodium.
Red Lobster Chocolate Wave
As decadent and delicious as this dessert sounds, it's just an extremely unhealthy option. At 1,110 calories, this dessert will take up the majority of your calorie budget for the whole day. Not to mention you'll likely be indulging on this after dinner, which was high in calories too if you ate at this establishment!
The Cheesecake Factory Peppermint Bark Cheesecake
The combination of white chocolate, chocolate peppermint bark, white chocolate mousse, and more peppermint candy creates a truly unhealthy dessert. And with 1,500 calories, 110 grams of fat, and 111 grams of sugar per slice, a slice of this cheesecake is basically a whole day's worth of everything—and more. Yikes. This cheesecake is no doubt one of the unhealthiest desserts on the planet.
PF Chang's The Great Wall of Chocolate
This may just be the most caloric and sugar-filled piece of cake you will ever order from a chain restaurant.
Uno Chicago Grill Ridiculously Awesome, Insanely Large Chocolate Cake
OK we lied, this cake is slightly more caloric. The question is, will the stomach ache that will follow after eating this piece of cake be ridiculously awesome? We think not. Either skip it or share among a table full of friends.
Friendly's Hunka Chunka Peanut Butter Fudge Sundae
Did anyone else look at this menu item and immediately think of the verse "Just a hunk, a hunk of burning love" in Elvis Presley's song Burning Love? Speaking of love, we can absolutely identify why someone may have a burning desire to spoon into this sundae, with drizzles of creamy peanut butter and hot fudge topping serpentining through scoops of peanut butter and fudge ice cream. However, is it worth sacrificing nearly your entire day's worth of calories? Consider downsizing to a small to slash 1,100 calories and about 70 grams of sugar.
Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake
Just when you thought the cheesecake this beloved chain restaurant was the most deadly thing on the menu, guess again. Aside from their inordinately high-calorie pasta dishes, their chocolate tower truffle cake is not too far behind at a near 1,800 calories. One slice of this layered cake has more sugar than an entire pint of Ben & Jerry's Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.