The Unhealthiest Restaurant Orders in Every State
When it comes to dining out, sometimes you need to indulge to satisfy that hard-to-hit craving. It's okay to order the occasional extra-large burger, decadent dessert, or plate of French fries. However, some restaurants pack way more calories into their meals than you can even guess. Knowing which restaurants offer up the most unhealthy meals can keep you out of trouble—especially if you find yourself in the area with mega cravings.
By knowing which eatery in your area has a tendency to fill up their meals with salt, fat, carbs, and calories, you can prepare yourself by deliberately studying the menu and choosing their healthier menu items. Then again, while this sounds easy enough to do, identifying the least healthy eatery in every state is a bit tricky, which is why this list points out the unhealthiest restaurant orders we could find in every state based on menu descriptions, calorie counts, local publications, and customer reviews.
Read on to learn which local dish could have the biggest impact on your health if you choose to order it. If you're going the fast-food route, look out for these 8 Worst Fast-Food Burgers to Stay Away From Right Now.
ALABAMA: The Mugshot Burger at Mugshots Grill & Bar (Multiple Locations)
Mugshots has a heavy bar food menu loaded with burgers, like Anthony's Peanut Butter Burger that comes topped with the namesake spread. Also, steer clear of their namesake burger The Mugshot, which features three burger patties, six strips of bacon, and a variety of toppings including french fries and onion rings. On the plus side, if you finish it in 12 minutes it's free. Choose one of their salad or fish options for a healthier choice.
ALASKA: Seward's Folly at West Rib Pub and Grill in Talkeetna
Talkeetna's West Rib Pub and Grill knows what it's about and keeps the burger options plentiful. Their claim to fame, Seward's Folly, comes loaded with 12 strips of bacon, 2 pounds of caribou meat, half a pound of smoked ham, and much more. With items like this, the pub and grill easily take the mantle of the unhealthiest restaurant in Alaska. Try one of their seasonal seafood entrees or salads for a lighter option.
ARIZONA: Fried Chicken Poblano at Macayo's in Mesa
Mexican restaurants have the potential to pack in a ton of calories and fat into each meal, but one Arizona restaurant takes the cake. Phoenix New Times reports that this restaurant ranks as an incredibly terrible eatery thanks to plates that pack in over 3,000 calories and feature a ton of fried food topped off with the chain's cream cheese-like Baja sauce.
ARKANSAS: Frito Chili Pie at Ed Walker's Drive-In in Fort Smith
Arkansas' Ed Walker's Drive-In offers cheat-day meals like their Frito Chili Pie or their Nachos Supreme.
CALIFORNIA: Fudgegazi at Donut Friend in Los Angeles
If you have to watch your fat or carb intake, you most likely have to keep an eye out for donuts. This restaurant offers a variety of sweet takes on donuts, like the Yo La Mango or the Fudgegazi. While these pastries taste delicious, the menu can wreak havoc on anyone trying to watch their caloric intake. Have just one as a sweet treat.
COLORADO: The Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids at Big Daddy's in Tivoli
Big Daddy Burger bar takes pride in their over-the-top burgers. One slogan on their website says, "People have called our burgers totally insane, we'll take that as a compliment" and another reads, "These are the Andre the Giant of salads, don't bring your mini-me appetite." The Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids lives up to its name with over-the-top cheesy and bacony toppings. Needless to say, it's not on the lighter side.
CONNECTICUT: Two-Foot-Long Hotdogs at Doogie's in Newington
Hot dog restaurants typically pack in a ton of salt and fat into their signature items, but Connecticut's Doogie's takes it to the next level, serving up two-foot-long hotdogs alongside fried fare like fish and chips and fried crab cakes. There's not a lot that isn't fried at this spot, so choose it for a cheat day.
DELAWARE: The Tortilla Chips at La Tolteca in Wilmington
Delaware Online reported that La Tolteca has faced a few health code violations, like inspectors finding mouse droppings in the kitchen and on tortilla chip containers. Also, Tripadvisor reviews consistently take notice of how the restaurant constantly looks dirty, the food tastes bland or unpleasant, and the restaurant has the potential to make you literally ill.
FLORIDA: The Fat Sandwiches at Muchies 420 Cafe in Sarasota
When it comes to eating unhealthy in Florida, you have your work cut out for you, but one locale rises above. Sarasota's Munchies 420 Cafe serves up a menu for anyone who got hit with strong cravings for unhealthy combos of fried chicken sandwiches loaded with melted cheese sauce or incredibly huge burgers. With a menu aimed at anyone facing late-night munchies, you know this restaurant won't pull any punches loading up their meals with carbs, salt, fat, and sugar. They do have salads if you want something fresh on the side.
GEORGIA: Bypass Burgers at The Vortex in Atlanta
In a state filled with barbecue and fried food, one restaurant easily barges ahead with a menu that can make any dieter wince. Atlanta's The Vortex prides itself on serving up some incredibly dense burgers, with an entire category devoted to specialty Bypass Burgers that easily exceed 3,000 calories. Wow!
HAWAII: The Five-Pound Pancake Meal at M.A.C. 24/7 in Honolulu
IDAHO: The Bacon Sampler at Bacon in Boise
If you find yourself in Boise and really want to wreck your nutrition for the day, take a trip to Bacon, a restaurant that specializes in its namesake ingredient. Most of their food comes loaded with strips of bacon and you can even trays of the premium product to munch on by itself.
ILLINOIS: Chicago Meat Market Pizza at Pizzeria Uno in Multiple Locations
Illinois features some very dense food, but few local restaurants can compete with the calories found inside the pies at Pizzeria Uno. The chain has a personal pizza with more salt than 27 bags of potato chips and one slice of the large Chicago Meat Market pizza has 680 calories! making it the unhealthiest option if you need a wholesome slice of pizza.
INDIANA: The All In at Best Bet Breakfast and Lunch in Noblesville
With an unassuming name, few travelers passing through Indiana would ever guess what lurks behind the doors of Best Bet Breakfast and Lunch. This eatery features loaded plates filled with multiple burritos, stacked biscuits, and gravy, and an entree called The All In that features almost every breakfast item on the menu. You can even order the DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU ALL IN CHALLENGE for an even bigger portion, and can top that off with gravy for another $2.
IOWA: Loaded Potato at Fong's Pizza (Multiple Locations)
This fusion Asian-Pizza restaurant has a menu of over-topped pizzas like the Loaded Potato, with garlic butter, ground beef, bacon, red potatoes, cheddar, and mozzarella, served with a side of sour cream. It also has pizzas you won't find anywhere else, so make this a cheat day experience!
KANSAS: The Beast Steakburger at Spangles (Multiple Locations)
When you need to eat healthy in Kansas, you might want to rethink your trip to Spangles. Tripadvisor reviews state that the restaurant's food comes coated in grease. According to the restaurant's nutritional information, many of the eatery's offerings come packed with sodium and some items easily exceed half a day's worth of calories… or more. The Beast Steakburger is a 2,430-calorie behemoth with six patties and twelve slices of cheese.
KENTUCKY: Que'rito at 502 Café in Louisville
502 Café takes burritos to another level with their Que'rito. This behemoth is filled with mac n' cheese and topped with smoked brisket chili and sour cream.
LOUISIANA: Guinness Dog at Dat Dog in New Orleans
Louisiana has become synonymous with great food, but not all of it should get eaten every day. Dat Dog features a sodium-laden menu of specialty hot dogs, like the Guinness Dog or their Duck Sausage. Limit yourself to one and wash it down with a lot of water.
MAINE: Blue Plate Combos at Governor's Restaurant in Old Town
Maine has plenty of eateries featuring calorie-laden burgers and salty fried fish, but no one can compete with Governor's Restaurant's legendary Blue Plate Combos. These items feature meals like multiple burgers and multiple hot dogs and can easily push any eater over the brink. The restaurant has plenty of other healthier options to choose from.
MARYLAND: Spaghetti Pizza at Pasta Mista in Baltimore
Pizza joints can easily find ways to overload their pies, but Pasta Mista takes it to a whole new level with signature creations, like their Spaghetti Pizza. This creation loads up a double crust with spaghetti and pasta sauce.
MASSACHUSETTS: Salted Egg Yolk French Toast at Double Chin in Boston
On the outside, this eatery seems innocuous, but one glance at the menu can change everything. They have some intense sweet offerings like a Salted Egg Yolk French Toast and multiple Donut Bombs with huge scoops of ice cream over massive donuts complete with syrup-filled syringes. They get major points for creativity, though!
MICHIGAN: Brisket Sandwiches at Slows Bar B Q in Detroit
MINNESOTA: Juicy Lucy at Tin Cup's in Saint Paul
Many restaurants across Minnesota feature a burger menu, but no one can match Tin Cup's Juicy Lucy menu, featuring cheese-stuffed patties loaded with tons of toppings. They also have a side that is essentially a mashed potato sundae topped with cheese sour cream, and gravy. Skip the eating challenge, which requires the diner to eat two Lucifer Lucy's and two pounds of french fries in under 45 minutes.
MISSISSIPPI: Donut Bacon Burger at Memphis Barbecue Company in Horn Lake
Barbecue joints don't often pull punches when it comes to loading up your plate with food, but Memphis Barbecue Company takes it to the next level with meals like the Donut Bacon Burger which uses donuts as buns. They also have a sandwich called the Memphis Pacemaker. We suggest you skip that one.
MISSOURI: Stuffed French Loaf at Mama's On The Hill in Saint Louis
Missouri boasts a ton of comfort food joints like Mama's on the Hill. Watch what you order at this Italian joint because lots of the offerings are filled with cheese. This restaurant features hefty appetizers like the Stuffed French Loaf, which is an entire loaf of French bread stuffed with spinach-artichoke dip and topped with more cheese. Also, skip Mama's Pasta Challenge which features an insanely large meatball over marinara-topped pasta.
MONTANA: Strombolis at Trimbo's Pizza in Butte
Trumbo's Pizza makes this list because of the sheer size of their strombolis. With their largest topping in at 5 pounds, these items won't let you go home hungry, but you will definitely have to plan to hit the gym afterward.
NEBRASKA: Irish Nachos at Starsky's Grill in Omaha
Omaha's Starsky's Grill hit a particular niche when they started offering their signature Irish Nachos. These items come packed with ground beef, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole over fried potatoes instead of chips. Try one of their grille chicken sandwiches instead.
NEVADA: Bypass Burgers at Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas
Few restaurants advertise how bad they are for you, but not every restaurant is like Nevada's Heart Attack Grill. The business has set Guinness world records by offering a burger that comes in with over 9,000 calories and has a burger menu that proudly boasts of how many thousands of calories are found in each item.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Feedbag Shovel at KC's Rib Shack in Manchester
New Hampshire might not be synonymous with barbecue, but Manchester's KC's Rib Shack hopes that will change. While the menu boasts the typical unhealthy fare of burgers and massive portions of barbecue, the rib shack takes it to the next level with The Feedbag Shovel, a mix of pork and chicken that gets served to your table with a shovel.
NEW JERSEY: Taco, Taco, Taco Pizz at Tony Baloney's in Hoboken
When you want to load up on fat and carbs, Tony Baloney's can't be beat. Tread lightly around their signature pizzas, like the Taco, Taco, Taco, which is topped with actual tacos, or the Casino Carnival, which has ten types of meat.
NEW MEXICO: The Massive Burrito at Grandma Warner's K & I's Diner in Albuquerque
NEW YORK: The Garbage Plate at Nick Tahou Hots in Rochester
Anyone in Rochester may have already come face to face with the item that takes Nick Tahou Hots to the notorious unhealthiest restaurant level. The restaurant's Garbage Plate features a massive platter of macaroni salad, baked beans, french fries, and the choice of hot dogs or burgers loaded up onto a single plate.
NORTH CAROLINA: Trailer Park Burger at Wilmington's Best Burgers in Wilmington
Wilmington's Best Burgers claims to have the ideal version of this popular sandwich but they also have massive portions and several deep-fried items. Their Trailer Park Burger comes loaded with fried green tomatoes, bacon, and a slew of other toppings. You can get it with an Impossible Burger, though!
NORTH DAKOTA: Pig Out Omelet at Mr. and Mrs. J's Restaurant in Cranford
This unassuming diner in North Dakota offers several calorie-packed skillets as well as the Pig Out Omelet, which features a dozen eggs, hashbrowns, and toast. Eggs are generally good for you, if you don't eat a dozen at a time, that is.
OHIO: Poutine at Senate in Cincinnati
At Senate, you can start your meal off with poutine and follow it up with a slew of over-packed hot dogs, or pretzel beignets. If that didn't give you your fill of fat, you can even order roasted marrow bone. There are healthier items at Senate like the Tuna Tartar and My Wife's Salad.
OKLAHOMA: Fried Pies at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies in Oklahoma City
Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies features fried pies loaded with peanut butter and chocolate, sausage, egg, and cheese, and classic fillings like cherry or peach. Have one as a treat!
OREGON: The Homer at Voodoo Donuts (Multiple Locations)
You expect any restaurant specializing in donuts to be on the higher calorie scale, and this iconic sweet spot takes sugar-packed pastries to the next level. Their signature desserts, like the Mango Tango or The Homer, should be a once-in-a-while treat.
PENNSYLVANIA: Big Ben Hot Dog at D's Six Pax and Dogz in Pittsburgh
When you want to load up on salt, you can't beat a hot dog. D's Six Pax and Dogz raises the bar on delivering extra sodium straight to diners with menu items like their Big Ben dog that comes loaded with fries, cheese sauce, and coleslaw. If you like coleslaw, though, we've got an easy, healthy recipe to try.
RHODE ISLAND: Mac-n'-Cheese Grilled Cheese at Umelt in Providence
When cravings strike, it can be tempting to make your way to a restaurant known for its mac n' cheese or grilled melts. Rhode Island's Umelt features mac-n'-cheese grilled cheese sandwiches and massive bowls of cheesy pasta.
SOUTH CAROLINA: 'I Wanna Lei Ya' Burger at Big Billy's Burger Joint in North Charleston
Big Billy's Burger Joint prides itself on burgers featuring three patties, or items like the 'I Wanna Lei Ya' Burger that comes topped with Black Forest ham and pineapple. They have lighter items like salads and wraps for the more health-conscious.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Loaded Tater Tots at Overtime Sports Bar and Grill in Sioux Falls
This restaurants' loaded tater tots can put even the greasiest chain to shame, while their cheese-heavy appetizer lineup can slow down anyone coming in to watch the game. Pick from their new Broasted Menu for chicken that is cooked with less fat and fewer calories.
TENNESSEE: Pimento Mac n' Cheese Grilled Cheese at The Grilled Cheeserie in Nashville
Nashville's The Grilled Cheeserie loads up their signature grilled cheeses with anything your heart desires, including fillings like pimento mac n' cheese, all the way to pulled chicken and blue cheese aioli. Split a grilled cheese with a friend and share one of their fresh salads.
TEXAS: 56-Ounce Ribeye Steak at The Big Texan in Amarillo
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the portion sizes and calorie counts. The Big Texan outdoes itself by serving up slabs of ribs, full orders of fried mountain oysters, 56-ounce bone-in ribeye steak, and loads of grilled meat.
UTAH: Crown Burger at Crown Burgers in Salt Lake City
Utah's Crown Burgers features a burger-centric menu that almost guarantees you grab one of their massive sandwiches, like the pastrami-topped Crown Burger, or a signature item like the Smothered Burrito.
VERMONT: Chuck Norris at Handy's Lunch in Burlington
The eatery's signature Chuck Norris comes loaded with five layers of meat and cheese alongside a $16.75 price tag. If that can't get you planning your next gym trip, the lineup of sandwiches and burgers can easily do the trick.
VIRGINIA: The Pork Belly Sub at Something Different in Urbanna
Virginia's Something Different fry almost all of their food in beef tallow. The eatery touts their "fine Neanderthal cuisine" and proudly only serves a single small green salad that comes in three sizes. The Pork Belly Sub sounds especially decadent.
WASHINGTON: Maple Cinnamon Toasts at HardWok Cafe in Seattle
This quaint cafe in the heart of Seattle serves up massive Maple Cinnamon Toasts and Nutty Banana Toasts loaded with toppings, while also dishing out Creme Brulee and a White Chocolate Mousse.
WEST VIRGINIA: Hillbilly Dog at Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Lesage
Hillbilly Hot Dogs is all about hot dogs. It features items like the signature Hillbilly Dog, which comes with a deep-fried hot dog, chili sauce, mustard, onions, and the Taco Dog, which gets drenched in cheese sauce and topped with tortilla chips, salsa, sour cream, and more cheese.
WISCONSIN: All-American BBQ Feast at Famous Dave's in Westbury
Famous Dave's earned its mantle thanks to its massive, portions of signature items like their All-American BBQ Feast or The Manhandler Sandwich that comes loaded with a ton of smoked meat.
WYOMING: The Fatty at Pinky G's Pizzeria in Gallatin Gateway
Pinky G's Pizzeria doesn't mince words with pizzas like The Fatty. It comes loaded with pulled pork, bacon, and spicy sausage. Their massive $14 calzones are delicious but cut one in half and save some for a future meal.