Sink your teeth into a bacon cheeseburger at Five Guys Burgers & Fries and you've got yourself an award-winning dish.
At 920 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat, that belt-busting burger just received a 2010 Xtreme Eating Award from the Washington D.C.-based Center for Science in the Public Interest, the group that coined the phrase "heart attack on a plate." Six other chains with dishes as bad or worse also made the roster of "honorees."
Besides Five Guys, here's the beef on chains on Long Island with multiple locations:
-- California Pizza Kitchen's tostada pizza with grilled steak rings up 1,680 calories and 32 grams of saturated fat. Its pesto cream penne has 1,350 calories and 49 grams of saturated fat.
-- Outback Steakhouse's New Zealand rack of lamb weighs in at 1,300 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat.
-- P.F. Chang's China Bistro's double pan-fried noodles combo was cited for its 7,690 milligrams of sodium.
-- Cheesecake Factory may be the baddest of the bad, according to CSPI senior nutritionist Jayne Hurley, who cites pasta carbonara with chicken (2,500 calories and 85 grams saturated fat) and chocolate tower truffle cake, 6 inches high and ¾ pound, weighing in at 1,670 calories and 48 grams of fat.
There's no place on a menu for a twenty-five hundred calorie entree," she said.
Mark Mears, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for The Cheesecake Factory, which made the list for its pasta carbonara with chicken, said there are plenty of alternatives, including a "weight management" roster, on its menus.
And remember, not everything served at the selected chains will clog your arteries and widen your hips. "Of course, we picked the worst things," CSPI nutritionist Jayne Hurley said. "That's what this [awards list] was about."