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TGI Friday's

TGI Friday's is also tight-lipped about their nutritional stats -- for good reason. Eating can be an extreme sport here. And while they do post a "Right Portion, Right Price" menu, it's intended to help the wallet, not the waistline. We could only find two items that were 500 calories or under.

Calorie Bombs Jack Daniel's Ribs & Shrimp

1,910 calories

A "full rack" of baby back pork ribs -- flinch-inducing on its own -- is basted in the chain's Jack Daniel's glaze, accompanied by "battered and fried shrimp" and fries. There are so many kinds of wrong here, someone oughta write a country-Western song about it.

Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad

1,360 calories

Sure, there are good ingredients in here: pecans, chicken breast, dried cranberries. And the choice in dressing (balsamic vinaigrette) is wise. But watch out for the word "glazed," which just means the nuts are covered in sugar. And adding blue cheese to an already-dressed salad is yet another example of the "conditioned hyper-eating" referred to by Dr. Kessler.

Loaded Potato Skins Appetizer

1,430 calories

Potato skins are nothing but "fat on fat on fat on fat, much of it loaded with salt," as Dr. Kessler puts it -- and nowhere is this more evident than at Friday's. The hollowed-out skins are fried, giving the surface area extra "fat pickup" -- which is then loaded up with bacon, cheese, and sour cream.

Healthier Alternatives Shrimp Key West

370 calories

Two skewers of grilled shrimp with lime and Cajun spices, served with steamed broccoli florets. According to the menu, net carbs are just 12. Give TGIF points for evoking the vacation resort with this healthy option -- that's the kind of conditioning we all need.

Dragonfire Chicken

500 calories

They couldn't help themselves with the glaze (Chinese Kung Pao sauce), but at least this is served over brown rice with pineapple pico de gallo, Mandarin oranges, and broccoli. Compared to white rice, brown rice has more riboflavin, folate, iron, and magnesium. Moreover, it has triple the amount of fiber, which helps you feel fuller longer -- and able to resist second helpings.

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3/19/2014 06:04:50 AM Report Abuse
enjolicook55523 wrote:

Great story! I rarely eat out and decided to splurge when my inlaws were in town by getting some delicious 4-Cheese Mac & Cheese w/ Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders The lunch size portion was a whopping 810 calories with 35 grams of fat and 1720 mg of sodium! Applebees does publish their nutrional information at if anyone is curious or wants to be completely repulsed. Even the "healthy" option are laden with sodium. Yikes!

9/5/2013 10:24:53 AM Report Abuse
dvsnowden wrote:

Inseatd of olive garden, what about Sweet Tomatoes. Is it healthy or not. I found some info online, a good site was, but if olive garden is unhealthy, what about Sweet Tomatoes?

5/19/2011 11:30:05 AM Report Abuse
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8/10/2010 06:52:02 AM Report Abuse
limam11 wrote:

what about the Ninety-Nine? there crispy fish tacos are about 1200 calories, I believe. I usually go for the red pepper hummus appetizer at an estimated 500 calories!

8/9/2010 02:31:19 PM Report Abuse

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