Dave and Buster's will sell you a 1,970 calorie appetizer (the "Carnivore Pizzadilla"); Texas Roadhouse adds marshmallows and caramel sauce to the sweet potato in its "16-oz. Prime Rib with Loaded Sweet Potato" to bring a single meal up to 2,820 calories, and The Cheesecake Factory's "Flying Gorilla" cocktail crams 950 calories into a single beverage, making it calorically equal to a Big Mac and fries.
These are just some of the highlights from the Center for Science in the Public Interest annual Xtreme Eating awards, which call out chain restaurants that seek to equate "indulgent dining" with "crazily high calorie counts." Of note: "Once again, the Cheesecake Factory dominates the list, responsible for two of the eight menu items (neither of them cheesecake)."
Worst Cheese in a Leading Role
Buffalo Wild Wings:
Cheese Curd Bacon Burger
• Calories: 1,950
• Saturated Fat: 53g
• Sodium: 4,700mg
How do you take a bacon cheeseburger, which will range from around 400 calories to 800 or so calories at your typical fast food chain, and convert it into nearly 2,000 calories?
Top it with battered, deep-fried cheese curds and whatever “cool heat sauce” is.
If you eat that burger and the side of fries, CSPI says that’s the same as roughly five Burger King Bacon Double Cheeseburgers.
You could also eat an entire large order of hot wings at BWW and still have a couple hundred calories left over before reaching the calories of this sandwich and fries.
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