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The Cheesecake Factory tops this year’s list of America’s most fattening, gut-busting, artery-clogging restaurant chains. Here’s a look at some heavyweight champions that serve as many as 3,120 calories in a single dish. As IHOP says, “It’s all about flavor. Not about limits.”

The Cheesecake Factory’s Crispy Chicken Costoletta: 2,610 calories, 89 grams of saturated fat, and 2,720 milligrams of sodium

The Cheesecake Factory’s Bistro Shrimp Pasta: 3,120 calories, 89 grams of saturated fat, and 1,090 milligrams of sodium

Maggiano’s Little Italy’s Chocolate Zuccotto Cake: 1,820 calories, 26 teaspoons of added sugar (four days’ allowance!), and 62 grams of saturated fat

Johnny Rockets’ Bacon Cheddar Double: 1,770 calories, 50 grams of saturated fat, and 2,380 milligrams of sodium


IHOP’S Country Fried Steak & Eggs: 1,760 calories, 23 grams of saturated fat, 3,720 milligrams of sodium, and 11 teaspoons of sugar

Maggiano’s Little Italy’s 18 oz. Veal Porterhouse With Potatoes: 2,710 calories, 45 grams of sat fat, and 3,700 milligrams of sodium

Chili’s Full Rack Of Baby Back Ribs With Shiner Bock BBQ Sauce, Fries, And Apples: 2,330 calories, 45 grams of saturated fat, and 6,490 milligrams of sodium

Uno Chicago Grill’s Deep Dish Macaroni & 3-Cheese: 1,980 calories, 71 grams of saturated fat, and 3,110 milligrams of sodium


The list was compiled by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, using nutritional information provided by restaurant chains around the country. The nonprofit compiles this list each year to let people know which restaurants offer the most extreme levels of calories, saturated fat, sugar, and sodium.

“You’d think that the size of their profits depended on their increasing the size of your pants,” CSPI executive director Michael F. Jacobson said.


1 thought on “America’s Most Gut-Busting Restaurants”

  1. Thankfully I have only eaten at one of these establishments. But I am a vegan and it doesn’t make sense for me to try to get a meal at any of these places.

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