9 Mega-Calorie Meals To Avoid At The Restaurant

I’m usually pretty good at watching what I eat. My wife calls me a “freak”. Oatmeal, yogurt, fruit, etc. But when I really want to eat something that’s fattening I choose to be in denial. I put my calorie count “blinders” on. If I don’t see how many calories and fat grams are in it, it won’t hurt me. If you’re like me in that matter, you might not want to read on.

The Center for Science In the Public Interest is out with its latest Xtreme Eating Awards list. It’s where they warn us of the restaurant foods that max out on fat and calories. The CSPI says as you read these numbers “keep in mind that the average American should consume about 2,000 calories per day, and consume no more than 20 grams of saturated fat.” If you’re still with me, here we go, in no particular order.

  • The Cheesecake Factory Pasta Carbonara with Chicken. 2,500 calories/85 grams saturated fat.
  • P.F. Chang’s Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo. 1,820 calories/7,690 milligrams of sodium.
  • California Pizza Kitchen Tostada Pizza with Grilled Steak. 1,680 calories/32 grams saturated fat.
  • Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger. 920 calories/30 grams of saturated fat. A large order of French fries at Five Guys has 1,460 calories.
  • The Cheesecake Factory Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake. 1,670 calories/48 grams saturated fat.
  • Outback’s New Zealand Lamb. 1,820 calories/80 grams of saturated fat.
  • Chevys’ Crab & Shrimp Quesadilla. 1,790 calories/63 grams of saturated fat.
  • California Pizza Kitchen’s Pesto Cream Penne. 1,350 calories/49 grams of saturated fat.
  • Bob Evans’ Cinnamon Cream Stacked & Stuffed Hotcakes. 1,380 calories/27 grams of saturated fat.

Now, that’s out of the way, let’s eat!

CSPI’s Xtreme Eating Awards list

3 Comments on “9 Mega-Calorie Meals To Avoid At The Restaurant

  1. Hi Mark,

    Eating organic foods makes it almost impossible for me to eat out. I don’t eat anything that dreams. But I’m waffling from the sound of Cinnamon Cream Pancakes… next time I visit the USA I’m certain my subconscious will flash back to this temptation.

    Cheers from,
    Nicole

    • It sure is tempting to eat that stuff isn’t it? When (if) I do, I usually regret it later, as I’m trying to run it off.

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