Considering that two out of three adults and one out of three children are overweight in America, you would think restaurants might limit some extreme menu items in favor of better health. But that’s not the case with these nine dishes picked from popular American restaurants. Based on a recent report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest, these nine extreme dishes are exposed for their delicious malevolence.
Five Guys Hamburgers: Bacon Cheeseburger Lunch
Based in Lorton, VA, Five Guys Burgers has over 550 locations in over thirty-five states. While they don’t use trans fats or frozen ingredients, they certainly know how to create an extreme lunch. (Photo: bittermelon).
Bacon cheeseburger and Large Fries: 2,380 calories, 44 grams saturated fat. Add a large coke and a dollop of mayo for a total of 2,780 calories and 1,643 milligrams sodium.
The Cheesecake Factory: Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake
Nobody expects desserts to be light on the calories, especially at a place known for it’s large delicacies. However, this dish might be better shared with your party of six.
Chocolate Tower Trouble Cake: 1,670 calories, 48 grams saturated fat, and 970 milligrams sodium.
California Pizza Kitchen: Tostada Pizza
Considering this veggie-loaded pizza is meat-free, you would think the calories would be lighter. (Photo: Thom Watson).
Tostada Pizza: 1,440 calories, 27 grams saturated fat, 2630 milligrams sodium.
The Cheesecake Factory: Pasta Carbonara with Chicken
While everyone should know a creamy pasta dish isn’t a recipe for good health, this dish packs a punch. (Photo: Yohei Yamashita).
Pasta Carbonara with Chicken: 2,500 calories, 85 grams saturated fat, 1250 milligrams sodium.
P.F. Chang’s: Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo
Nothing satisfies like a Chinese noodle dish, and with these numbers it’s no surprise. To be fair, this dish was meant to be shared, so spread the love. (Photo: Random Meal of the Day).
Double Pan-Fried Noodles Combo: 1,820 calories, 8 grams saturated fat, 7,690 milligrams sodium.
Outback Steak House: Rack of Tasty New Zealand Lamb
Lamb is often a sensible dish, but somehow this massive plate delivers quite a bit more than most. Served with garlic mashed potatoes and fresh seasonal veggies to complete the platter. (Photo: Jeff Belmonte).
Rack of tasty New Zealand lamb with garlic mashed potatoes and veggies: 1,820 calories, 80 grams of sat fat, 2,600 milligrams sodium.
Chevy’s: Crab & Shrimp Quesadilla
This restaurant is notorious for it’s large portions, but a seafood quesadilla seems innocent enough. Think again. (Photo: beautifulcataya).
Crab & Shrimp Quesadilla: 1,790 calories, 63 grams saturated fat, 3,440 milligrams sodium.
California Pizza Kitchen: Pesto Cream Penne
CPK makes another appearance on the high-calorie hit list. Before adding chicken or complimentary bread, this dish already delivers a whopping punch.
Pesto Cream Penne: 1,350 calories, 49 grams saturated fat, 1,920 milligrams sodium.
Bob Evans: Cream Stacked & Stuffed Hotcakes
There’s a fine line between breakfast and dessert, and Bob Evan’s has successfully crossed it and then added a few yards.
Cinnamon Cream Stacked & Stuffed Hotcakes: 1,380 calories, 27 grams fat, 1911 milligrams sodium.
* Some images are approximated.