The annual X Games celebrate the most extreme action sports, but the only action the Xtreme Eating Awards sees is moving fork to mouth. Meet the Xtreme Eating Awards: the annual awards by the Center for Science in the Public Interest that recognize the fast food and other chain restaurant dishes with the most calories, and highest sodium and fat content. This year’s group of winners (or losers, depending on if you chase them down with heartburn medicine!), all tipped the scale at over 2,000 calories. The average person’s calorie intake per day is between 2,000 and 2,500 calories.
The competition was tough, and full of layered meat and cheese, but the dish that came out on top was Red Robin’s Monster Meal burger: a 3,540-calorie meal that comes with a 1,670-calorie bacon cheeseburger, a bottomless shake, and bottomless fries, which all in all will cost you three and a half days of saturated fat.
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"When we were screening candidates for the first Xtreme Eating awards in 2007, we were shocked to see 1,500-calorie entrées," reads the CSPI website. "This year, nearly all of our “winners” hit (or just missed) the 2,000-calorie mark. And a few doozies topped 3,000 calories."
Wow. Other big winners included the “Big Hook Up” platter from Joe’s Crab Shack (a fried seafood platter with jalapeño cream cheese balls) at 3,280 calories; bruléed French toast from the Cheesecake Factory at 2,780 calories; and the 2,770-calorie “Big Slab” meal from Famous Dave’s, which resembles the rack of ribs from The Flintstone’s.
Out of the nine calorie bombs on the list, three dishes were awarded to The Cheesecake Factory.
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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi