9 Worst Restaurant Appetizers

What not to order when you're eating out

by Brandi Koskie for DietsInReview.com

Going out to eat at a big chain restaurant is already blurring the lines of managing a healthy diet and fully splurging. No matter what you order, the calories, fat, and sodium are incredibly high. Once you add on appetizers, drinks, and those larger-than-life desserts, you’ve eaten a couple of days’ worth of calories. You know it’s true as you waddle back to your car and pray for the forgiveness of stretchy pants awaiting you at home.

Trim the fat, literally, by skipping the worst appetizers on popular restaurant menus.

If you’re that hungry by the time you get seated, order a small garden salad with a vinaigrette dressing on the side and a glass of water. They’ll fill you up and satisfy you in a healthy way so that 1) you don’t go nuts on these crazy high-calorie appetizers, and 2) can eat a moderate amount of your entrée with plenty to take home.

Here's what to X off your list if you are eating out and choose an appetizer to start off the meal.

 

Outback Wings

1877 Calories 

153g Total Fat 

How can something as low-fat as chicken have something so wrong done to it that it ends up on a “worst of” list? Outback pulls it off with their fried wings that come in just shy of the 2000 calorie-per-day mark.

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Chili’s Texas Cheese Fries with Chili and Ranch

1830 Calories 

120g Fat 

Go ahead and order these with a side of coronary bypass. The calories exceed a day’s worth of calories, and the sodium at more than 5000 milligrams is enough to keep blood pressure medication suppliers in businessf or a long time!

 

Red Lobster Crispy Calamari and Vegetables

760 Calories 

49g of Fat

One serving of this deep-fried squid is 70% of your entire day’s worth of calories! The vegetables, while the best part of this dish, hardly make up for all that’s lost in 88 grams of fat! 

 

Olive Garden Calamari

890 Calories 

54g of Total Fat 

The fried squid takes the calorie-offender cake again. Squid is a decadent seafood dish that can be enjoyed grilled, but once it’s battered and fried any semblance of nutrition is burned up. Stick to the endless bowl of salad, here.

 

Applebees Appetizer Sampler

2300-2460 Calories 

143-160g of Fat 

This platter offers four appetizers in one – and each more gooey, fried, and fattening that the last. Fried cheese sticks, spinach and artichoke dip, cheese and bacon quesadillas, and boneless wings dish up 500 calories more than you should eat for the day. 

Try our Guiltless Spinach & Artichoke Dip instead!

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On The Border's Border Samplers 

2060 Calories 

142g Fat 

New rule of thumb – no samplers or platters when ordering an appetizer. These things wrack up the calories and fat and leave you feeling like you’re at a smorgasbord of fried and fatty food, which in this case includes Chicken Quesadillas, Steak Nachos and Chicken Flautas, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, and original queso. 

 

PF Changs-Chang's Spare Ribs 

1376 Calories 

96g Total Fat 

Sounds more like a meal than an appetizer, so if you really want to try these sauce ribs pair them with a salad, brown rice, and don’t eat the whole plate.

 

TGIF’s Loaded Potatoes 

2040 Calories 

58g Sat. Fat 

Another menu buzzword to avoid – loaded! That means it’s piled high with empty calories and fatty ingredients. In the case of these TGIF potatoes, that’s going to be cheese, bacon, and sour cream.

 

Red Robin Towering Onion Rings 

1837 Calories 

124g Total Fat 

If you really want the onion rings, get some to share with the table and have one or two with your meal (preferably a grilled chicken sandwich). No one needs to down this pile of fried onions in addition to a greasy cheeseburger.

 

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