The Worst Restaurant Foods in America

The Center for Science in the Public Interest reveals the “winners” of its 2013 XTreme Eating Awards

January 15, 2013
IHOP country fried steak and eggs
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IHOP - Country Fried Steak and Eggs

The 8 ounces of fried steak would be bad enough on its own, but IHOP makes it even worse by smothering it in country gravy and serving it with two eggs, hash browns, and two buttermilk pancakes.

Calories: 1,760
Saturated Fat: 23 g
Sodium: 3,720 mg (two and a half days' worth)

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Maggiano’s Little Italy – Veal Porterhouse
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Maggiano’s Little Italy – Veal Porterhouse

This 18-ounce portion is drizzled with butter sauce and comes with a half pound of fried red potatoes with garlic butter.

Calories: 2,710 (one and a half days' worth)
Saturated Fat: 45 g
Sodium: 3,700 mg (two and a half times more than a day's portion)

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The Cheesecake Factory – Bistro Shrimp Pasta
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The Cheesecake Factory – Bistro Shrimp Pasta

At first glance, it seems like this dish may be better than the rest--it has arugula and tomatoes in it, after all. But the battered shrimp and cream sauce rack up more calories than any other item on this list.

Calories: 3,120
Saturated Fat: 89 g (five days' worth!)
Sodium: 1,090 mg

Smoothie King
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Smoothie King – Peanut Power Plus Grape Smoothie

To create this frozen concoction, Smoothie King blends peanut butter and bananas with your choice of strawberries or grape juice. Order a 40-ounce cup, and you'll be sipping down nearly a day's worth of calories.

Calories: 1,460
Sugar: 22 teaspoons

Chilis – Baby Back Ribs
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Chilis – Baby Back Ribs

The ribs alone are bad enough. But if you round out the meal with sides of Homestyle Fries and Cinnamon Apples, you'll be adding another 700 calories to the stat below.

Calories: 1,660
Saturated Fat: 39 g
Sodium: 5,025 mg

The Cheesecake Factory – Crispy Chicken Costoletta
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The Cheesecake Factory – Crispy Chicken Costoletta

This dish is deceptively bad. The "lightly breaded" chicken is served with asparagus and mashed potatoes, not fries. But this plate has more calories than any of the beef items on the chain's menu.

Calories: 2,610
Saturated Fat: 89 g
Sodium: 2,720 mg

Uno Chicago Grill Macaroni and three cheese
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Uno Chicago Grill – Deep Dish Macaroni and 3-Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is indulgent enough without the creamy Alfredo sauce, rendered chicken fat, and butter that Uno adds to their version of the comfort food dish.

Calories: 1,980
Saturated Fat: 71 g
Sodium: 3,110 mg

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Maggiano’s Little Italy – Chocolate Zuccotto Cake

This dessert is 5 inches tall, 4 inches wide, and weighs close to a pound. Eat the whole thing, and you've consumed a day's worth of calories, a three-day supply of saturated fat, and four days worth of sugar.

Calories: 1,820
Saturated Fat: 62 g
Sugar: 26 teaspoons