Generally known for their quick service, cheap cost, and large portions, fast-casual restaurant chains continue to draw us in with their delicious and often very fattening dishes, such as Houston's spinach artichoke dip (95 calories per serving), Denny's Grand Slam (862 calories in a dish), and California Pizza Kitchen's BBQ chicken pizza (1,060 calories in a pizza) - all iconic dishes which we love to order.
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The top 10 fast-casual chains - Applebee's, Chili's Grill & Bar, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Buffalo Wild Wings, Outback Steakhouse, TGI Friday's, The Cheesecake Factory, Texas Roadhouse, and Ruby Tuesday - with the highest sales earned more than $25 billion in sales in 2012.
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Obviously, we migrate to these restaurant chains for the good food. But many of their most popular menu items are 1,000-calorie, high-fat dishes. Some of these include Texas Roadhouse's fried catfish at about 1,734 calories, Outback Steakhouse's Bloomin' Onion at about 1,959 calories, and Chili's Texas Cheese Fries at about 2,150 calories.
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Since we love to order these dishes, it's important to know how they could be affecting our health. So we've rounded up the top fast-casual chains and some of their most popular dishes' calorie and fat counts.
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The Cheesecake Factory's Fried Macaroni and Cheese
Fat: 63 grams
Ruby Tuesday's Bacon Cheese Pretzel Burger
Fat: 101 grams
Texas Roadhouse's Fried Catfish
Fat: 127 grams
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Outback Steakhouse's Bloomin' Onion
Fat: 160 grams
Chili's Texas Cheese Fries (pictured above)
Fat: 117 grams
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-Haley Willard, The Daily Meal