Few of us would choose to eat all of our daily calories, fat, and sodium in one sitting. But that’s exactly what you’ll get if you order some of America’s worst restaurant entrées.
Thankfully, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) releases an annual Xtreme Eating Awards report, calling out the unhealthiest chain restaurant entrées out there, so we don’t have to make the mistake of ordering them. This year’s awards feature shockingly bad dishes and desserts that will set you back 1,500 to 2,300 — just for one serving!
Of course we know that dining out isn’t the healthiest choice, and that milkshakes and burgers won’t put you on the fast track to weight loss anytime soon, but there’s a difference here. You can usually sensibly indulge your cravings without eating the equivalent of seven McDonald’s Sausage McMuffins — which is exactly what you’ll get if you order the Cheesecake Factory Breakfast Burrito (2018’s “winner” for worst breakfast).
Without further ado, here are America’s most shameful restaurant dishes for 2019:
Sonic: Oreo Peanut Butter Milkshake
This milkshake monstrosity mixes ice cream with peanut butter and Oreos, then tops it with whipped cream and, of course, a cherry. The 32 oz. size has a whopping 1,720 calories — the equivalent of eating 15 Oreos blended with a half cup of lard. Yummy.
worst breakfast meal
Cracker Barrel: Country Boy Breakfast
If you’re ordering this breakfast, you’re going to need to be working from sun up to sun down, just like a country boy, as the name implies. “Three farm fresh eggs, fried apples, hash brown casserole, and sirloin steak, pork chops, or country ham,” reads the CB’s menu. You’ll get “All The Fixin’s” like biscuits, gravy, butter, and jam. It’s the equivalent of eating 3 McDonald’s Egg McMuffins and 4 hash browns. If you love yourself some Cracker Barrel (or if you’re more of the desk job type), just be sure to order from the tasty “Lighter Meals” menu.
Worst breakfast item
The Cheesecake Factory: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
No stranger to the Xtreme Eating Awards, The Cheesecake Factory takes a spot on this year’s list as well with it’s carb-bomb pancakes. Eat just three of these pancakes and you’ll take down 2,040 calories worth of sugar, white flour, icing, and syrup. It’s like eating 11 Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts.
Dave & Buster’s: Chicken and Waffle Sliders
The arcade and sport bar’s menu is loaded with dietary landmines. Take this chicken and waffle mess, for example. It’s 2,340 calories of fried chicken, bacon, mini Belgian waffles, maple syrup, and tater tots. Surely, if you actually think about what you’re getting for that amount of calories, you’ll choose something else. Eating this meal would be like eating 8 Eggo waffles and 8 Jimmy Dean pork sausages, smothered in 1/2 cup of maple syrup.
Jimmy John’s: 16-inch Giant Gargantuan
Salami, capitol, turkey, roast beef, ham, provolone, onion, lettuce, tomato, mayo, oil, and vinegar. It’s 2,190 and 7,720 sodium mg of heart attach-inducing fun. It would be like eating 3 Subway Cold Cut Combo footlong subs yourself, in one sitting.
Top Golf: Injectable Donut Holes
Golfers aim to keep their score low, so then why aim so high when it comes to appetizers? Top Golf’s injectable donut holes will add 1,970 calories to your daily dietary total. Sharing them, you say? Nearly all of Top Golf’s sharables (1,250 calorie tater tots, 1,450 calories chips and queso, 1,750 calorie cheesy fries) are over the top, so unless you’re ordering just one, skipping the drinks, and sharing it with your entire bay, you’ll probably blow your whole day of eating.
worst idea ever
Chili’s: The Boss Burger
Five meats. One burger, the Chili’s press release boasts of The Boss Burger. Smoked brisket, rib meat, sausage, bacon, and cheddar, top a burger patty. If you’re looking to join the 70 percent of adults who are overweight, here is your answer. This one burger would be like eating 3 McDonald’s Tripe Cheeseburgers plus a large fry.