Say NO to these nine xtremely high calorie meals!

no to caloriesThe Center for Science in the Public Interest’s Xtreme Eating Awards are the gastronomic equivalent of the Razzies, and Red Lobster’s “Create Your Own Combination” smörgåsbord is the 2015 Adam Sandler of restaurant meals – or rather make that Martin Lawrence in a fat suit. The Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, Walt’s Favorite Shrimp, and Shrimp Linguine Alfredo to go with the Caesar salad, French fries, and one Cheddar Bay Biscuit, accompanied by a 24 oz margarita totals a calorie count of 3,600; almost enough calories for two whole days, plus enough sodium for four days. “This nutritional shipwreck from Red Lobster exemplifies the kind of gargantuan restaurant meal that promotes obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases,” CSPI registered dietitian Paige Einstein (no relation) said. “If this meal were unusual, that would be one thing, but America’s chain restaurants are serving up 2,000-calorie breakfasts, 2,000-calorie lunches, 2,000-calorie dinners, and 2,000-calorie desserts left and right. Abnormal is the new normal.”

2015 Xtreme Eating Award ‘Winners’




Calorie count

·         Create Your Own Combination

Red Lobster

Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut, Walt’s Favorite, and Linguine Alfredo, french fries, Caesar salad, and one Cheddar Bay Biscuit, plus a Traditional Lobsterita


·         Chorizo Fiesta Omelette


“Loaded with spicy chorizo sausage, roasted peppers, onions & pepper jack cheese, then topped with a citrus chili sauce & sour cream and served with a fresh grilled serrano pepper,” plus three buttermilk pancakes.


·         3 Meat Plate

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Polish sausage, pork ribs, and beef brisket, fried onion tanglers and mac & cheese, a Big Yellow Cup of Miss Ollie Dickey’s Famous Southern Sweet Tea, plus all the free ice cream you can take.


·         Herb Roasted Prime Rib

Outback Steakhouse

16 oz. prime, dressed baked potato and the classic blue cheese wedge.


·         Louisiana Chicken Pasta

The Cheesecake Factory

“Parmesan crusted chicken served over pasta with mushrooms, peppers and onions in a spicy New Orleans sauce” topped with four slices of heavily breaded chicken, and New Orleans sauce.


·         Pineapple Upside Down Master Blast


“SONIC’s real, vanilla ice cream perfectly mixed with pineapple, salted caramel & pie crust pieces” in a 32 oz. cup topped with several inches of whipped cream.


·         2 For $12 Pick & Choose

Uno Pizzeria & Grill

Baked Ziti & Sausage Pasta (“ziti and sausage in a tomato cream sauce topped with mozzarella and baked in a deep dish pan”) and Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza (“a small plate version of our famous Chicago Classic Deep Dish with sausage, mozzarella, chunky tomato sauce and romano”)


·         Warm Apple Crisp

The Cheesecake Factory

Apples, “delicious crispy nutty topping,” two scoops of ice cream, small mountain of whipped cream, and caramel sauce.


·         7X7 Steakburger ‘n Fries

Steak ‘n Shake

“It’s 7 Steakburgers and 7 slices of American cheese—a one pounder!” plus a small side of fries and a Chocolate Fudge Brownie Milkshake.



“It’s not enough to have one or two patties on a burger, or one or two slices of cheese; now we’re seeing seven patties and seven slices of cheese on a burger,” Einstein said. “With our burgers getting bigger and bigger, it’s no surprise that many of our waistlines are, too.” To quote Mr. Creosote, “Better get a bucket, I'm gonna throw up.”