Worst Restaurant Foods in America

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released its 2011 "Xtreme Eating Awards" for the unhealthiest restaurant dishes in America. All photos and information from CSPI via cspinet.org.

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The Cheesecake Factory Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake. Why stop at a slice of red velvet cake when you can top it with a layer of cheesecake, top that with another layer of red velvet cake, and top that with another layer of cheesecake? And then top that with cream cheese frosting, chocolate shavings, and a small silo of whipped cream? Weighing in at three-quarters of a pound, this dessert packs 1,540 calories and 59 grams of saturated fat (three days’ worth). Eating one slice of the Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake is like eating one Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pepperoni Pizza plus two Quarter Pounders with cheese except the cake has an additional days’ worth of saturated fat. (Source: CSPI)
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IHOP Monster Bacon 'n Beef Cheeseburger contains 1,250 calories and two days' worth of saturated fat (42 grams), with 1,590 milligrams of sodium (a day's supply, thanks in part of the bacon). Don't forget the fresh fruit (80 calories), the onion rings (620 calories), and seasoned fries (300 calories).
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Denny’s Fried Cheese Melt is, in the chain’s own words, “four fried mozzarella sticks and melted American cheese grilled between two slices of sourdough bread.” And in the chain’s own numbers, this cheesy collision, with its side of French fries and marinara sauce, has 1,260 calories and 21 grams of saturated fat (a full day’s worth), and 3,010 mg of sodium (two days’ worth).
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The Cheesecake Factory Farmhouse Cheeseburger is “topped with grilled smoked pork belly cheddar cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and a fried egg.” It boasts 1,530 calories and 36 grams of saturated fat topped with 3,210 milligrams of sodium. That’s assuming you just eat the burger: French fries bring an additional 460 calories and 1,460 mg of sodium. Eating this would be the equivalent of eating three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with cheese. Add another Quarter Pounder with cheese if you eat the side order of fries.
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A 24-ounce Cold Stone Creamery PB&C Shake “Gotta Have It” size shake of peanut butter, chocolate ice cream, and milk has a day’s calories (2,010) and three and a half days’ worth of saturated fat (68 grams). Cold Stone’s Web site says, without a whiff of irony, “Your Health – Just as Important as Taste.” One large Cold Stone Creamery PB&C Shake is like drinking two 16-oz. T-bone steaks plus a buttered baked potato.
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Applebee’s Provolone-Stuffed Meatballs With Fettuccine stuffs provolone cheese into these meatballs and simultaneously tops the underlying fettuccine with a marinara sauce and a Parmesan cream sauce. With a piece of garlic bread, the four cups of pasta, two sauces, and cheese-injected meatballs deliver 1,520 calories, 43 grams of saturated fat (two days’ worth), and 3,700 mg of sodium (more than two days’ worth). It’s like eating two of Applebee’s 12-oz. Ribeye Steaks plus a side of Garlic Mashed Potatoes.
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The Great Steak's Great Fries, extra large, weighs roughly 1 1/3 pounds and delivers 930 calories and 2,490 milligrams of sodium. That's without the Philly Cheese, chili, jalapeno peppers, or bacon and sour cream and chives. An extra-large King Fries dispatches 1,500 calories and 4,980 mg of sodium (more than three days' worth). And all that cheese, bacon, and sour cream makes sure that the saturated fat reaches 33 grams. It’s like eating three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with Cheese sprinkled with two-thirds of a teaspoon of salt.
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Morton's Porterhouse Steak has 1,390 calories, 36 grams of saturated fat, and 1,200 milligrams of sodium. Have it with Mashed Potatoes for an extra 850 calories, 34 grams of sat fat, and 1,300 mg of sodium. The Creamed Spinach tosses in 330 calories plus 15 g of sat fat and 460 mg of sodium. Grand total? 2,570 calories, 85 g of sat fat, and 2,980 mg of sodium.
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