One of the worst ways to start your day

Brunch has become more than just a meal. It’s practically a cultural phenomenon. The Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill, and TGI Fridays have been cashing in on the trend.

Among the latest entrants: Maggiano’s. And its Meatball Benedict mashup is a doozy.

“How can we enhance traditional brunch dishes by adding our own Maggiano’s Italian-American twist?” asked the news release from Maggiano’s corporate owners. What says Italian-American more than meatballs? And what twist beats The Meatball Benedict: two English muffin halves, each topped with a meatball, tomato, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce, plus a generous side of fried potatoes?

It’s just one of “five decadent benedicts” on Maggiano’s brunch menu. The others: Chicken Francese, Smoked Salmon & Spinach, Crab Cake, and Nueske’s Smoked Ham.

Think of The Meatball Benedict as a foot-long Subway Meatball Marinara sub with cheese, “enhanced” with half a stick of melted butter. M-m-m.

It’s not easy to cram 1,480 calories and 52 grams of saturated fat (a 2½-day supply) into one dish. But the hollandaise—mostly butter and egg yolks—sure helps. (Bonus: thanks to the hollandaise and eggs, The Meatball Benedict also delivers 2½ days’ worth of cholesterol.) And think of its 3,400 milligrams of sodium—enough for today and half of tomorrow—as the chain’s gift that keeps on giving.

“Say hello to brunch!” says Maggiano’s website. And say goodbye to your unscathed arteries!


Want to let Maggiano’s know what you think ? Call them at (972) 980-9917 or send them a tweet @Maggianos.

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7 Replies to “One of the worst ways to start your day”

  1. Instead of just commenting on crappy, chain-restaurant food, why not chime in about other breakfast foods popular at brunch. For example, blueberry pancakes, french toast, waffles…The place that I’ve gone to for brunch has a wait on practically all the time. It’s a diner but makes delicious food. Perhaps people might want to know the best choices for a typical brunch, including all the varieties of eggs benedict. Btw, I’m Italian and Maggiano’s is NOT Italian food. 🙂

    1. Yes, that oily, buttery, salty, sugary diner food is tasty, but it might taste pretty good with lots less grease, butter, salt
      and sugar, and be easier on your body to boot.

  2. I hope that the public will someday wake up to the horrible food choices that are pushed and promoted in the face of an obesity epidemic. The chain restaurants make the fast food outlets look mild in comparison. They are the cousins of the opioid industry.

  3. Thanks for the great work you do in educating the public about making good choices.Moms love to be educated and kids are good learners!Men need more help and I do not know what it takes to educate men.

  4. Thanks so much for your efforts to educate us. So much marketing is done to persuade us to eat in an unhealthy way, food is presented so appealing. But when you add up the sodium, calories, etc. it is no wonder we are all sick with heart problems, obesity and other things. I try one thing and then read about what is in it. I read labels now, and still end up eating some things that are not OK..too much sugar, etc. I try and try and try but the marketing is so overwhelming. And yes, I love cook shows, which then tempt me to try a new recipe. NOT! Can’t do it. Why do they cook the food and then stand there and eat it (no sitting down) and say it is so delicious? Again, marketing.
    SO, thank you for being honest and helping us sort through the bad marketing ploys.

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