It’s not very often a 1,500 calorie slice of peanut butter chocolate cheese cake looks healthy.
But that’s exactly what happened in The Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Xtreme Eating awards of 2014. Why? Because it has the least amount of calories in their list of the nine worst meals you could order at a restaurant (if you’re worried about your health, at least!).
This year’s candidates hit a new high (or should we say low) with some meals surpassing 3,000 calories. Three spots on the list belong to The Cheesecake Factory, making it the 2014 top “winner.”
So when you’re eating out, here’s what not to order, ever, listed in order of calories per meal:
3,540 Calories: Red Robin’s Monster Meal
The A.1 Peppercorn burger topped with “hardwood-smoked bacon, melted Pepper-Jack, A.1. Peppercorn Spread, tomatoes and crispy onion straws. ” Added to the meal are the Bottomless Steak Fries and the Monster Salted Caramel Milkshake and you get a total of 3,540 calories, 69 grams of saturated fat, 6,280 milligrams of sodium, and 38 teaspoons worth of sugar.
3,280 Calories: The Big Hook Up Platter from Joe’s Crab Shack
The platter has “seafood and crab balls full of jalapeños and cream cheese coated in panko breadcrumbs…served with ranch, flaky white fish hand dipped in a classic Samuel Adams beer batter…served with fries, jumbo shrimp hand dipped in shredded coconut with pineapple plum sauce for dipping, plump shrimp hand stuffed with crab.” It’s served with Hushpuppies and Coleslaw. The total of this meal is 3,280 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, 7,610 milligrams of sodium.
2,780 Calories: Bruléed French Toast from The Cheesecake Factory
Extra thick slices of rustic French bread topped with powdered sugar served with maple –butter syrup with bacon or grilled ham. The custard-like filling in the bread adds to a total of 2,780 calories, 93 grams of saturated fat, 2,230 milligrams of sodium, and 24 teaspoons of sugar in your toast.
2,770 Calories: St. Louis-Style Spareribs from Famous Dave’s
Each slab is “slathered with sauce over an open flame,” and has nearly ½ pounds of meat. Add Corn Bread Muffin, Famous Fries, Wilbur Beans, and the total of your meal is 2,770 worth of calories, 54 grams of saturated fats, 4,320 milligrams of sodium, and 14 teaspoons of sugar.
2,420 Calories: Prime New York Steak Contadina Style from Maggiano’s Little Italy
This steak is served with “two Italian Sausage links, Crispy Red Vesuvio-Style Potatoes, Roasted Red & Yellow Peppers, Roasted Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Steak Jus, and Garlic Butter.” It has 2,420 calories, 66 grams of saturated fat, and 5,620 milligrams of sodium.
2,410 Calories: Farfalle Pasta with Chicken and Roasted Garlic from The Cheesecake Factory.
Bow-Tie Pasta topped with “Chicken, Mushrooms, Tomato, Pancetta, Peas and Caramelized Onions in a Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Cream Sauce.” It has 2,410 calories, 63 grams of saturated fats, and 1,370 milligrams of sodium.
2,160 Calories: BJ’s Deep Dish Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
Pizza topped with “Grilled garlic chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, jack and cheddar cheese, red onions, diced tomatoes and a drizzle of ranch.” It comes down to 2,160 calories, 30 grams of saturated fats, and 4,680 milligrams of sodium.
1,920 Calories: Super Cinco Combo from Chevys
The combo includes “Two enchiladas: one beef, one chicken, a Crispy or Soft Beef Taco, a hand-rolled Pork Tamale and a handcrafted Chile Relleno.” Just in case is not enough for you they serve them with “Fresh Mex rice, our signature sweet corn tamalito and choice of homemade Beans a la Charra or Refried Beans made with bacon or Vegetarian Black Beans.” The complete combo has 1,920 calories, 36 grams of saturated fats, and 3,950 milligrams of sodium.
1,500 Calories: Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory
This cheesecake has “Layers of Delicious Fudge Cake and Caramel,” 1,500 calories, 43 grams of saturated fats, and 21 teaspoons worth of sugar.