Sunday, December 21, 2014

The 9 unhealthiest restaurant meals in America

Cheesecake Factory´s bruleed French toast.
Cheesecake Factory's bruleed French toast. PARADE

The Center for Science in the Public Interest just released its annual Xtreme Eating List, calling out the 9 unhealthiest restaurant dishes across the country.

While many restaurants made the cut, The Cheesecake Factory had the dubious distinction of nabbing three spots.  

 

Signature Deep Dish Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse

When you see "bacon," "ranch," and "pizza" in the name, you know you're in for trouble, and this dish offers 2,160 calories and three days' worth of sodium. (BJ's is a mini-chain in Maryland and Virginia.)

Bruléed French Toast, The Cheesecake Factory

One of The Cheesecake Factory's 3 infamous dishes, this breakfast item contain almost a week's worth of saturated fat.

Chevys Super Cinco Combo, Chevys Fresh Mex

In this platter, you get a beef and a chicken enchilada, a beef taco, a pork tamale, rice, beans and a corn tamalito. It has almost 4,000mg of sodium, and the calorie equivalent of 11 Taco Bell crunchy tacos. (Chevys' closest locations to Philadelphia are in suburban New York and Washington.)

Farfalle with Chicken and Roasted Garlic, The Cheesecake Factory

The second Cheesecake Factory dish on the list has 2,410 calories, or almost a day's worth.

Big "Hook" Up Platter, Joe's Crab Shack

With fried seafood balls, battered fish, coconut shrimp, crab-stuffed shrimp, hush puppies, and coleslaw, you've got your bases covered on fried food. And on sodium for the next five days--with 7,610mg, that's the total daily recommended amount for a full work week, plus 3,280 calories.

Prime New York Steak Contadina-Style, Maggiano's Little Italy

The 16-oz. New York steak is served with 2 Italian sausages, potatoes, peppers, mushrooms, caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic butter, all adding up to 66 grams of saturated fat and 2,420 calories.

A.1. Peppercorn Burger, Red Robin

This patty has cheese, fried onions, bacon and A.1. peppercorn sauce, along with bottomless steak fries and an optional shake. If you opt for all three, the calorie count comes in at 3,540, about two days' worth.

Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake Cheesecake, The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory's final item on the list weighs in at 21 teaspoons of (mostly added) sugar and 1,500 calories, all for one slice of cake.

The "Big Slab" of St. Louis-Style Spareribs, Famous Dave's

Each slab of ribs gives you about 1 1/2 lbs of meat, and if you eat the baked beans, fries and corn muffin that are included, you'll get 2,770 calories and over a quarter-cup of sugar.

 

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Isabelle Raphael
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