Eight Worst Belt -Busting Menu Items
Funny how vast portions of carbs and fat pack calories
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2011 6:44 PM CDT
The Cheesecake Factory's Farmhouse Cheeseburger, like this one, has 1,530 calories.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Anyone who has tenuously clung to a diet knows calorie counting can turn into calorie binging at a restaurant, but choose one of these items and you'll really have fallen off the wagon, ABC News reports. The Center for Science in the Public Interest released its list of eight dishes (found on menus of national restaurant chains) that really pack a caloric punch:

  • Applebee's Provolone-stuffed meatballs with fettuccine and garlic bread, 1,520 calories: Pasta, bread, and numerous cheese-stuffed meatballs—what could go possibly go wrong? The real killer with this dish is the 3,700mg sodium.

  • The Great Steak's Extra-large King Fries, 1,500: These fries slathered in cheese, bacon, and sour cream might be a side dish, but they'll make up 75% of the 2,000 calorie daily recommendation.
  • Cheesecake Factory's Farmhouse cheeseburger, 1,530: Famously large portions don't help, but double the calories with a slice of their Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake—it's 1,540 calories all by itself.
  • Cold Stone Creamery's PB&C shake, 2,010: No meat, no actual sustenance, how do so many calories fit into a milkshake? It's 24 oz. of milk, chocolate, and peanut butter—and three days' worth of saturated fat.
  • Morton's 24 oz. Porterhouse steak, 2,570: The steak (which could feed four people) only makes up about half the calories for this meal, but adding mashed potatoes and creamed spinach gives an extra burst of salt and fat.