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When you eat out, the calories flood in — usually, many more than you need.

This is especially true at chain restaurants.

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National chains like Mimi’s Café and McDonald’s gain loyal patrons for offering cheap, tasty meals. More precisely, customers like the caloric bang for the buck, convenience and fat content. Some even argue that the levels of fat, sodium and additives makes this food highly addictive. Many popular menu items have over half the amount of calories recommended in an entire day — approximately 2,000 according to the USDA — and dangerously high levels of fat.


For example, the item that made No. 1 on this list has 2,300 calories and 164 grams of fat. That’s 15 percent more than the daily recommended caloric intake and over 200 percent the daily recommended fat intake in one meal alone.

Using data from the ESHA nutrition database, the experts at HealthGrove looked at 40 chain restaurants and found the most caloric dish at each. All of these items are available in the United States and are on the menus as of this writing.

Note: In the case of ties, the dish with the most fat ranks highest. Additionally, we ruled out dessert items as well as family-sized items.

40. Panda Express: Spicy Beijing Beef

Calories: 470
Fat: 26 g

39. Tim Hortons: Bacon Tomato & Cheese Panini Sandwich (with multigrain)

Calories: 600
Fat: 30 g

38. A&W Restaurant: Original Bacon Double Cheeseburger

Calories: 647
Fat: 41 g

37. In-N-Out Burger: Double Double Cheeseburger (with spread)

Calories: 670
Fat: 41 g

36. Chick-fil-A: Sausage Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich (with biscuit)

Calories: 670
Fat: 44 g

35. Bruegger’s: Bacon Classic Breakfast Wrap (with whole wheat tortilla)

Calories: 760
Fat: 50 g

34. KFC: Chicken Pot Pie

Calories: 790
Fat: 46 g

33. Arby’s: Turkey Bacon Cheddar & Ranch Market Fresh Sandwich

Calories: 800
Fat: 34 g

32. Au Bon Pain: Mediterranean Power Pack Meal

Calories: 800
Fat: 64 g

31. Subway: Sausage Pizza (8″)

Calories: 820
Fat: 34 g

30: Taco Bell: Grilled Beef Stuft XXL Burrito

Calories: 860
Fat: 41 g

29. Domino’s: Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwich

Calories: 870
Fat: 45 g

28. Sbarro: Pepperoni Stromboli

Calories: 900
Fat: 50 g

27. Five Guys Burger and Fries: Bacon Cheeseburger

Calories: 920
Fat: 62 g

26. Checkers: Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings (10-piece)

Calories: 1,010
Fat: 79 g

25. Jack in the Box: Sirloin Bacon Cheeseburger

Calories: 1,030
Fat: 71 g

24. Panera Bread: Steak & White Cheddar Panini Sandwich (with baguette)

Calories: 1,060
Fat: 46 g

23. Wendy’s: Dave’s Hot ‘n Juicy ¾ Lb. Triple Cheeseburger

Calories: 1,070
Fat: 72 g

22. Whataburger: Triple Meat Whataburger Cheeseburger

Calories: 1,080
Fat: 63 g

21. Papa John’s: Original Crust John’s Favorite Pizza (individual)

Calories: 1,120
Fat: 60 g

20. Jimmy John’s: The JJ Gargantuan Sandwich (with French bread)

Calories: 1,134
Fat: 55.3 g

19. McDonald’s: Hotcakes & Large Biscuit Big Breakfast Meal

Calories: 1,150
Fat: 60 g

18. Del Taco: Chicken Chipotle Ranch Epic Burrito

Calories: 1,160
Fat: 66 g

17. Burger King: Ultimate Breakfast Platter BK Meal

Calories: 1,190
Fat: 66 g

16. Blimpie: Chicken Cheddar Bacon Ranch Submarine Sandwich (12″, on white)

Calories: 1,200
Fat: 59 g

15. Sonic: SuperSonic Bacon Double Cheeseburger (with mayonnaise)

Calories: 1,240
Fat: 87 g

14. Dairy Queen: Chicken Strip Basket (with gravy toast & fries, 6-piece)

Calories: 1,250
Fat: 61 g

13. Carl’s Jr.: ½-lb. Thickburger El Diablo

Calories: 1,290
Fat: 85 g

12. Hardee’s: 2/3-lb. Monster Thickburger Cheeseburger

Calories: 1,340
Fat: 96 g

11. Red Robin: Whiskey River BBQ Cheeseburger (with sesame bun)

Calories: 1,392
Fat: 89 g

10. P.F. Chang’s: Walnut Shrimp with Melon

Calories: 1,420
Fat: 113 g

9. Baja Fresh: Steak Quesadilla

Calories: 1,430
Fat: 87 g

8. Pizza Hut: Meat Lover’s PANormous Pizza (personal)

Calories: 1,470
Fat: 80 g

7. Denny’s: Peanut Butter Cup Pancake Meal

Calories: 1,510
Fat: 90 g

6. Mimi’s Cafe: Chicken Tillamook Cheddar Mac

Calories: 1,560
Fat: 113 g

5. Culver’s: North Atlantic Cod (with coleslaw, fries & roll, 3-piece)

Calories: 1,680
Fat: 112 g

4. White Castle: Chicken Rings (20-count)

Calories: 1,760
Fat: 158 g

3. Jersey Mike’s: Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak Submarine Sandwich (giant, on wheat)

Calories: 1,770
Fat: 79.5 g

2. Johnny Rockets: Bacon & Cheddar Double Cheeseburger

Calories: 1,770
Fat: 125 g

1. Uno Chicago Grill: Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza (personal)

Calories: 2,300
Fat: 164 g

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