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The unhealthiest restaurant chain in America

isadorasmama May 28, 2010 10:17 AM

This company's most extreme dish has 2,500 calories and 85 grams of fat -- and it's not who you think it is...


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    jujuthomas RE: isadorasmama May 28, 2010 11:41 AM

    You were right, it wasn't who I thought it was... I guessed Macaroni Grill.

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      KaimukiMan RE: jujuthomas May 28, 2010 01:47 PM

      I didn't guess it, but really... is it a surprise? A chain that is based on incredibly caloric, fatty, sugar laden desserts? How could they possibly not have healthy entree's. (sorry meant to reply to original post) not a comment on juju's posting.

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        queencru RE: KaimukiMan Jun 1, 2010 04:46 PM

        Not at all- huge portion sizes, fatty sauces, lots of fried items- not surprised at all. That said, with a menu that gigantic, you'd think there would be at least a few healthful options on there.

    2. Davwud RE: isadorasmama May 31, 2010 08:50 AM

      My guess was P.F. Chang's but there's no real surprise at the "Winner."


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        jhopp217 RE: isadorasmama Jun 1, 2010 10:15 AM

        I'm not surprised by the "winner," but not sure if one dish makes it the unhealthiest. Put together a meal at Outback and you well surpass the 2,500cal & 85 grams of fat!

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          ratbuddy RE: isadorasmama Jun 1, 2010 01:48 PM

          They're all pretty much the same. Outback, Cheesecake Factory, Ruby Tuesday, TGI Friday, PF Chang, etc etc.. Super fatty super salty garbage. Better off saving some money and eating McDonalds or Five guys. Tastes better too.

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            roxlet RE: ratbuddy Jun 5, 2010 05:01 AM

            Here in Cairo, there is a TGI Friday's that is considered a big celebration restaurant. It is unbelievably expensive (for here in particular), and as bad as you think it might be. Even a burger was unpalatable.

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              steakman55 RE: roxlet Jun 19, 2010 08:30 AM

              Cairo, Georgia, or Egypt??

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                roro1831 RE: steakman55 Jul 19, 2010 12:52 PM

                Who would have guessed there was 4 TGI Friday's in Cairo Egypt?

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                  ratbuddy RE: roro1831 Jul 19, 2010 03:23 PM

                  Not surprising to me, having seen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofissT... before.

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            Nocturnalbill RE: isadorasmama Jun 1, 2010 02:56 PM

            Horrible, horrible place. God help me, I guessed correctly. Was dragged there once and was truly shocked at the prepackaged, formerly frozen, overpriced items I was served. Not entirely surprisingly, dessert was relatively inoffensive.

            1. Veggo RE: isadorasmama Jun 1, 2010 03:03 PM

              I'm holding off until I can get a buy one, get one free deal on bloomin' onions.

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                howlin RE: Veggo Jun 12, 2010 06:51 PM

                those are tasty but really filling.

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                  Bada Bing RE: Veggo Jun 17, 2010 03:40 PM

                  I was also guessing that some fried onion bloom would garner the award, but I wasn't reckoning with the prospect of collosal proportions of creme-sauced pasta, with bacon, no less.

                  The portions are the biggest culprit. They're scandalously large at so many places.

                2. operagirl RE: isadorasmama Jun 1, 2010 04:51 PM

                  This was actually my first guess. I went to Cheesecake Factory once a few months ago, and ended up eating my entree the next day for lunch and dinner, too. Three whole meals' worth of food. Crazy! Oh and when I was at the restaurant, my parents both picked large amounts of food off of my plate as well.


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                    electric_glare RE: operagirl Jun 5, 2010 06:25 AM

                    The first place that came to mind was McDonald's... But a couple Big Macs and an order of fries wouldn't be much healthier than Cheesecake Factory!

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                      msjess RE: operagirl Jun 17, 2010 03:08 PM

                      me too, I made about 3 servings out of my Cheesecake factory leftovers.

                      I wonder if you parceled it out into sane portion sizes how the food compares to a big mac

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                      mpjmph RE: isadorasmama Jun 17, 2010 04:08 PM

                      Definitely not surprised. Lots of places offer up calorie/fat/sugar bombs, but it most places have at least a few reasonable options. There is absolutely nothing on the menu Cheesecake Factory that can fit into reasonable diet, even as a splurge.

                      1. melpy RE: isadorasmama Jun 17, 2010 05:04 PM

                        Not surprised but wasn't thinking about it either.

                        1. sockii RE: isadorasmama Jun 19, 2010 10:25 AM

                          I'm only surprised that anyone would be surprised that a monstrous cream-and-cheese laden pasta dish at a chain was anything but a calorie bomb.

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                            tatamagouche RE: sockii Jul 18, 2010 07:05 PM

                            That was my feeling. Why does "pesto cream penne" sound "innocuous" unless you don't know what pesto—or for that matter cream—is? Mind you both have their place in perfectly healthy meals...but not at CPK. Duh. Ditto "pan-fried noodles." "Fried" mean anything to you, Salon? Especially in the context of PF Chang?

                            What a straw man.


                          2. monkuboy RE: isadorasmama Jul 18, 2010 08:27 PM

                            I am not defending Cheesecake Factory, but your headline is not correct. The article says they have the unhealthiest dish in America; it does not say that they are the unhealthiest restaurant chain in America.

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                              tatamagouche RE: monkuboy Jul 19, 2010 09:14 AM

                              Fair enough, but CF also earned all kinds of dubious distinctions in The End of Overeating (along with Chili's) for dishes entirely composed of fat, salt, and sugar. Since it's a sitdown place, as others have pointed out, it's no surprise that the portions are even bigger than they are at fast-food joints. I imagine, to the extent that unhealthiness can be measured based purely on the nutritional stats of each and every menu item (of course almost any place can be healthy or unhealthy depending on how one eats), it's one of the worst offenders.

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                                Fibber McGee RE: tatamagouche Jul 19, 2010 09:46 AM

                                The sweet and sour suet is rather delicious there.

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