Whether you’re headed for fast food or a sit down meal, beware of scary dishes that can rack up your daily dose of calories, fat, and sodium—in one meal. Before leaving home, do your homework and decide what you want to order by perusing the restaurant's (or even fast food chain's) menu online. That way, you can avoid the temptation of impulse ordering a crazy-high-calorie dish or even mistakenly ordering something that seems healthy, but actually isn't. Most restuarants allow you to make substitutions and changes to menu items so consider asking for that salad without the fried wontons, and if they can serve the broccoli without all the butter. But there are some dishes that no amount of substitutions can save—in the spirit of Halloween, we've compiled 10 menu options from popular restaurants that are just plain frightening.
1. Red Lobster
Menu Item: Create Your Own Combination
It’s frightening how many calories rack up when selecting three items to make a meal. The combo of Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, French fries, and Caesar’s salad with blue cheese dressing contains 78% of your daily recommended calories, 171% of fat, 105% of saturated fat, and 102% the daily recommended maximum of sodium.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 1,550; Total Fat: 111 g; Saturated Fat: 21 g; Carbs: 107g; Fiber: 12 g; Protein: 30g; Sodium: 2,460 mg [Via Redlobster.com]
Menu Item: Burrito
When you have carte blanche to fill your burrito, things can get a little wild. One burrito filled with one serving each of steak, brown rice, black beans, tomato salsa, sour cream, cheese, and guac comes out to over 1,000 calories and almost the recommended sodium max for one day.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 1,075; Total Fat: 56.5 g; Saturated Fat: 18.5 g; Carbs: 85g; Fiber: 22 g; Protein: 55g; Sodium: 2,075mg [Via Chipotle.com]
3. Five Guys
Menu Items: Bacon Cheeseburger with Five Guys Style Fries
A burger and fries at this joint is terrifying! Their logo touts Burgers & Fries since 1986, so apparently you’re supposed to order both. The Bacon Cheeseburger weighs in at 920 calories, 62g of total fat, 29.5g of saturated fat, and 1,310mg of sodium. The Five Guys Style Fries add on 953 calories, 41g of fat, 17g of saturated fat, and 962mg of sodium. You may want to sit down before reading the total nutrition information listed below.
Nutrition Information (for burger and fries): Calories: 1,873; Total Fat: 103g; Saturated Fat: 46.5 g; Carbs: 171g; Fiber: 17g; Protein: 66g; Sodium: 2,272mg [Via Fiveguys.com]
4. Bare Burger
Menu Item: Bare Burger Supreme
Bare Burger is an organic burger joint found around the country. The burgers are made from all types of red meat, poultry, and game including elk, beef, bison, duck, elk, wild boar, and turkey. Although the company relies on GMO-free ingredients and pasture-raised animals, the calories on most of the burgers are still frightening. The worst offender is the Bare Burger Supreme which weighs in at 55% the average daily calories, 86% total fat, 70% saturated fat, and 98% sodium.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 1,090; Total Fat: 56g; Saturated Fat: 14g; Carbs: 83g; Fiber: 5g; Protein: 62g; Sodium: 2,350mg [Via bareburger.com]
Menu Item: Bacon & Egg Breakfast with Hash Browns and 2 Pork Chops
Yes, you read it correctly! It’s not enough to order a full breakfast with meat, eggs, and potatoes, but this dish adds 2 pork chops to the mix. The results are one of the highest calorie dishes at IHOP weighing in at 1,420 calories.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 1,420; Total Fat: 82g; Saturated Fat: 24g; Carbs: 93g; Fiber: 7g; Protein: 80g; Sodium: 2,840mg [Via ihop.com]
6. Outback Steakhouse
Menu Item: Herb Roasted Prime Rib & Loaded Mashed Potatoes
The 16-ounce Herb Roasted Prime Rib on its own has close to 1,800 calories and 70% of the recommended daily maximum of sodium. Add on to it their Loaded Mashed Potatoes and the total fat and saturated fat go through the roof!
Nutrition Information (for the meal): Calories: 2,122; Total Fat: 164g; Saturated Fat: 75g; Carbs: 34g; Fiber: 7g; Protein: 128g; Sodium: 2,786mg [Via outback.com]
7. Cheesecake Factory
Menu Item: Pasta Carbonara with Chicken
Cheesecake Factory is known for their oversized portions. Peruse the pasta choices and there’s no dish that has fewer than 850 calories. The Pasta Carbonara with Chicken is the scariest choice providing over the recommended daily calories, quadruple the maximum amount of saturated fat, and 73% of the maximum recommended amount of sodium for one day.
Nutrition Information: Calories 2,290; Saturated Fat 81 g; Sodium 1,690 mg; Carbohydrate 144 g [via cheesecakefactorynutrition.com]
8. PF Chang's
Menu Item: Walnut Shrimp with Melon
Walnuts contain healthy fat, shrimp is very low in calories, and melons have a ton of vitamins. However, when PF Chang’s combines these ingredients, you get one of the highest calorie choices on their menu—and that’s without any appetizers, beverages, rice, or dessert. I’d say that’s pretty frightening!
Nutrition Information: Calories: 1,380; Total Fat: 104g; Saturated Fat: 16g; Carbs: 74g; Fiber: 14g; Protein: 39g; Sodium: 1,830mg [Via pfchangs.com]
9. Pizza Uno
Menu Item: Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza
An individual Chicago Classic deep dish pizza is made with crumbled sausage, chunky tomato sauce, mozzarella and romano cheese. It has 2 ½ times the amount of fat, 2 2/3 times the amount of saturated fat and twice as much sodium as recommended for a day on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 2,300; Total Fat: 164g; Saturated Fat: 53g; Carbs: 119g; Fiber: 5g; Protein: 99g; Sodium: 4,910mg [Via unos.com]
10. TGI Friday's
Menu Item: Smoke Stacked Burger
This new addition to the menu is made with beer-braised sausage and onions, Asiago and cheddar cheese between two fresh hickory-smoked burgers with sweet Memphis seasoning, melted sharp cheddar, Tennessee BBQ sauce, BBQ ranch aioli, applewood-smoked bacon and coleslaw. Sures, sounds delicious, but the sodium comes in at almost twice the maximum recommended daily amount, and that's not the worst of it...
Nutrition Information: Calories: 1,630; Total Fat: 102g; Saturated Fat: 36g; Carbs: 108g; Fiber: 7g; Protein: 66g; Sodium: 4,180mg [Via Tgifridays.com]