(Jackie Alpers)

“Healthy” Restaurant Meals Can Be Even Worse For You Than Hitting The Drive-Through

It’s no secret that dining out can be a poor choice for your health. A chain-restaurant entrée can be shockingly full not only of flavor but also of fats, calories, and sodium. [More]

(Morton Fox)

Olive Garden Pursues Millennial Foodies With Tuscan Tapas

Traditionally, people have gone to Olive Garden when they feel like consuming theoretically infinite salad and breadsticks and miles of pasta. Portions are large enough to form at least two meals. Aren’t they? The chain is trying something new in some markets, and taking it nationwide: small plates for groups to share, instead of giant carb platters. [More]

(whatatravisty)

13 TGI Fridays Restaurants Among Those Busted In NJ For Selling Cheap Booze As Premium Pours

You might not be surprised to find that a sketchy dive bar is refilling its empty bottles of liquor with cheaper booze, but many consumers probably don’t expect a chain restaurant to get involved in such underhanded hanky-panky. And yet, 15 of the 29 places caught in yesterday’s sting by New Jersey liquor regulators are outlets of national chain eateries — and almost all of those were TGI Fridays. [More]

Behold An Olive Garden And A Red Lobster Under One Roof

Behold An Olive Garden And A Red Lobster Under One Roof

Darden, parent company of ubiquitous chain restaurants such as Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and LongHorn Steakhouse, likes to cluster its restaurants near each other. So it makes sense that in smaller markets, they would pair a Red Lobster and an Olive Garden in one building, with a shared kitchen, bar, waiting area, and rest rooms. This seemed like totally amazing news until we learned that customers will not be able to order off both menus. Then what’s the point? [More]

Hooters, Hard Rock, Friendly’s Score Low Marks On Chain Restaurant Survey

Hooters, Hard Rock, Friendly’s Score Low Marks On Chain Restaurant Survey

The idea behind chain restaurants is — or at least it should be — to provide customers with dependable, consistent food and service at multiple locations. And many chains succeed in at least trying to fulfill these goals. But according to a recent survey of nearly 48,000 Consumer Reports readers, some chains are struggling to maintain a mediocre level of service and quality. [More]

Chili's Says Club Members' Personal Data Was Leaked

Chili's Says Club Members' Personal Data Was Leaked

In a mass message sent out to its “e-mail club” subscribers, Chili’s revealed its service provider sprung a leak in user data, letting loyalists know first and last names, email addresses and birthdates went up for grabs. [More]

Uno Chicago Grill Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Uno Chicago Grill Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Uno Chicago Grill, the Boston-based chain of Chicago-esque deep dish pizzerias, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after closing 16 restaurants last week. [More]

Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine Meals Have More Calories Than Advertised

Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine Meals Have More Calories Than Advertised

If you’re a fan of using frozen Weight Watchers, Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and South Beach Living meals to control your caloric intake — you might be interested to know that a news study says the dinners have eight per cent more calories than the labels said. [More]

Three TGIFridays Mysteriously Close, No One Knows Why

Three TGIFridays Mysteriously Close, No One Knows Why

Three TGIFridays in California have mysteriously closed, says the SF Chronicle. Employees are stunned.

Applebee's Food Comes With Delicious "Use By" Sticker

Applebee's Food Comes With Delicious "Use By" Sticker

Reader Jamie’s Applebee’s dinner came with an interesting ingredient: an expiration date sticker. Understandably grossed out, Jamie asked Applebee’s for some new food. They agreed, fished out the sticker and brought the old food back. Ick.

Will Uno Chicago Grill Be The Next Restaurant Chain To File For Bankruptcy?

Will Uno Chicago Grill Be The Next Restaurant Chain To File For Bankruptcy?

At the risk of inviting another pointless “this pizza is better than that pizza” debate in the comments, we feel it is necessary to inform you that Uno has run into some nasty looking debt problems and some people are speculating that they may be the next restaurant chain to go under.

Rival Restaurants Say They Will Accept Bennigan's Gift Cards

Rival Restaurants Say They Will Accept Bennigan's Gift Cards

Texas Roadhouse says that it will accept now-defunct Bennigan’s gift cards, even though the chain’s parent company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. We’re not sure if this offer applies to all Texas Roadhouse locations, so you’ll want to call first and confirm. The offer ends August 30th.

Bennigan's Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Closes Restaurants Nationwide

Bennigan's Files For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Closes Restaurants Nationwide

Bennigan’s all around the nation have abruptly closed today, after the chain’s parent company filed for bankruptcy. The Chicago Tribune

Consumerist's Ultimate Fast Food Nutrition Guide: 2008

Consumerist's Ultimate Fast Food Nutrition Guide: 2008

Back in January of 2007, we took a look at fast food and chain restaurant websites to see who was hiding their nutritional information and who was making it easy for consumers to find out what was in their favorite menu items. We found that some chains were offering a veritable buffet of information, while others either ignored the subject altogether or hid links to PDFs in the depths of their fine print. Because of this, inside, we’ve got a nutritional info report card of about 50 top fast food joints. We tell you whether they have the info online at all, provide nutritional info for all items, if it’s easy to locate, and whether they have allergen info. We also give an overall rating to the overall quality of the nutritional info, and provide direct links to the nutrition page or PDF.

Does That Chain Restaurant Or Fast Food Match The Nutritional Information? Apparently Not.

Does That Chain Restaurant Or Fast Food Match The Nutritional Information? Apparently Not.

http://consumerist.com/2008/03/07/some-deep-thoughts-about-the/

Some deep thoughts about the existence of Lobsterfest and “the dreaded “market price,” which is so astronomical it can’t even be listed, and is at the manager’s cruel whim.” [Because I Told You So]

Worst Food In America: 2,900 Calorie French Fries From Outback Steakhouse

Worst Food In America: 2,900 Calorie French Fries From Outback Steakhouse

Men’s Health says they’ve found the Worst Food in America: 2,900 calorie cheese-covered ranch dressing french fries from Outback Steakhouse.

How Many Quarter Pounders From McDonald's Could You Eat Instead Of That Pasta?

The results: