Add this Applebee’s Dish to Your List of What Not to Eat

Leave it to Applebee’s. Why create healthy new menu items when you can toss two old standbys onto one plate and “invent” a new dish? All you need is a zippy name…something like, say, 4-Cheese Mac & Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders.


Tossing in the add-on du jour doesn’t hurt, either. According to Applebee’s menu, the mac & cheese is “loaded with Applewood smoked bacon.” Ah, yes. If bacon can show up in everything from ice cream to doughnuts, why not in mac & cheese and fried chicken? It’s a no-brainer.

And speaking of brains, consider switching yours off when you order the 4-Cheeser. Better not to know that the dish will dispatch 1,830 calories to those tender parts that are padding your midsection. And that the calories come with a nice dose of white flour from the pasta, breadstick, and breading.

Your arteries will be too busy dealing with the 41 grams of saturated fat and 4,300 milligrams of sodium to fuel much brain activity anyway. And do you really want to know that your dish is roughly equal to four McDonald’s Double Cheeseburgers?

Next time, take a look at Applebee’s Have It All menu, which promises “indulgent flavors & satisfying portions all under 550 calories.”

Memo to corporate: If you can turn out entrées like Napa Chicken & Portobellos and Savory Cedar Salmon for less than 550 calories, why sell those other belly-and-brain-overload dishes in the first place?

To let Applebee’s know what you think of this excessive meal, call them at (888) 592-7753.

4-Cheese Mac & Cheese with Honey Pepper Chicken Tenders

Other relevant links:

• These Famous Dave’s spareribs are overloaded with saturated fat and sodium. See: This Famous Dave’s Meal is a Great Example of What Not to Eat

• A Mexican restaurant meal to avoid. See: What Not to Eat: Chevy’s Super Cinco Combo

• Don’t eat this steak from Maggiano’s. See: What Not to Eat at Maggiano’s

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