It’s award season for the restaurant industry, but earning a spot on this particular list of superlatives isn’t necessarily a good thing. We’re referring, of course, to the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) annual list of Xtreme Eating awards. These awards are bestowed on national chain restaurants for culinary creations that, according to the CSPI site, “are designed to add a notch to your belt and a blow to your heart.”
Restaurant chains including Domino’s, Chili’s, Cheesecake Factory, and Buffalo Wild Wings made the list with some over-the-top menu items you have to see to believe.
Here are some of the… winners?
Worst Original Appetizer
Winning the “Worst Original Appetizer” award is the Carnivore Pizzadilla from Dave & Buster’s. The Carnivore Pizzadilla is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a cheese-stuffed quesadilla served as a pizza with more meat and cheese on top. This pre-dinner nosh clocks in at a whopping 1,970 calories and 67 grams of saturated fat.
Worst Adapted Pasta
The “Worst Adapted Pasta” award goes to The Cheesecake Factory for its Pasta Napoletana, another amalgam of a dish that combines a meat lover’s pizza with pasta.
“As it turns out,” says the CSPI site, “the [Pasta Napoletana] is like eating a Pizza Hut Meat Lover’s Personal Pan Pizza…as long as you top the pizza with three cups of pasta and a cup of heavy cream. Check with your waiter for a list of nearby cardiac care units.”
At 2,310 calories and 4,370(!) milligrams of sodium, one plate of this pasta has double the recommended serving of sodium for a full day, and enough calories to fuel most adults for an entire day.
Most Damage From A Supporting Vegetable
Shockingly, the Pasta Napoletana doesn’t have the highest calorie count on the list. That distinction goes to the prime rib meal served up at Texas Roadhouse. The calorie count on this meaty feast? No less than 2,820. “The massive 16 oz. Prime Rib alone has 1,570 calories,” the CSPI reveals, “and one of the possible sides—you get your choice of two—is a real humdinger. For an extra 99¢, the Loaded Sweet Potato (770 calories) buries the tuber under a pile of mini marshmallows and caramel sauce.”
Check out the CSPI’s full list of Xtreme Eating awards here, including “Worst Cocktail Design,” “Least Original Breakfast” and “Worst Visceral Effects.”