Saturday, April 20, 2024

Here Are 8 Of The Most Unhealthy Chain Restaurant Meals Ever Created

As of Monday, chain restaurants are now required to label calories on menus, thanks to a  federal rule stemming from the 2010 Affordable Care Act. And, yowza, it definitely has the potential to destroy a restaurant or two.

If you weren’t already aware, there’s some truly delicious, yet dangerous food being served in our nation’s chain restaurants. That probably is of little surprise to most people, but many would be shocked to learn just how terrible these items are for your health. Flavor is one thing, but a full-on diabetes trigger is quite another.


The Center for Science In the Public Interest was so discouraged by the fat and caloric levels of certain dishes, they made a list of their top offenders.When does food become a weapon? Ask these 8 restaurants.

Ultimate Smokehouse Combo


2,440 calories
41 g saturated fat

Jalapeño-cheddar smoked sausage, hand-battered Chicken Crispers, a half rack of house-smoked baby back ribs with a side of roasted street corn, homestyle fries, chile-garlic toast, and garlic dill pickles. (There’s a fourth option, too: BBQ chicken).

Cheeseburger Omelette and Pancakes


1,990 calories
45 g saturated fat

Eggs, hamburger patty pieces, hash browns, tomatoes, onions, American cheese, ketchup, mustard, and pickles…and that’s just the omelette. Add in the usual side of 3 buttermilk pancakes with butter and syrup, and it’s the equivalent of eating four Sausage Egg McMuffins.

Pasta Napoletana

Cheesecake Factory

2,310 calories
79 g saturated fat

This pasta dish looks innocent enough, but there are 4 types of meat in the sauce (including bacon), not to mention the butter and cream lube on the spaghetti.

Cheese Curd Bacon Burger

Buffalo Wild Wings

1,950 calories
53 g saturated fat

Served with a side of fries, this stuffed burger is equal to eating approximately five Burger King Bacon Double Cheeseburgers.

Carnivore Pizzadilla

Dave & Buster’s

1,970 calories
67 g saturated fat

What’s a pizzadilla, you ask? It’s a super-cheesy 12” quesadilla served pizza-style stuffed with Manchego and cheddar cheeses, pepperoni, and Italian sausage, and topped with more pepperoni and Italian sausage, plus bacon, marinara, and mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. #ThatsDelicious #AndProbablyLethal

Prime Rib Dinner

Texas Roadhouse

2,820 calories
72 g saturated fat

The one-pound prime rib has 1,570 calories. And for an extra buck, you can get the Loaded Sweet Potato (770 calories) that is a meal and a half all by itself. Covered in marshmallows and caramel sauce (!!!) you can go ahead and skip Thanksgiving this year. You won’t be hungry by then anyway.

If you add a Caesar salad as your second side, The Center for Science In the Public Interest says it’s like eating two of the chain’s 12 oz. New York strip steak dinners (with mashed potatoes and vegetables), plus a slice of strawberry cheesecake. How much do they charge to get wheeled out of the restaurant? And does that count as a side?

Flying Gorilla

Cheesecake Factory

950 calories
26 g saturated fat

This boozy chocolate banana milkshake has the added bonus of dark chocolate and banana liqueurs that will come in handy when you want to blame something for your bad decisions.

Ridiculously Awesome, Insanely Large Chocolate Cake

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

1,740 calories
32 g saturated fat

This isn’t a cake, it’s a piece of real estate. The name says everything you need to know to never, ever order this.


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