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.

From Men’s Health:

2,900 calories
182 g fat 240 g carbs

Even if you split this “starter” with three friends, you’ll have downed a dinner’s worth of calories before your entree arrives. Follow this up with a steak, sides, and a dessert and you could easily break the 3,500 calorie barrier.

Dude. Ew. A full pound of Porterhouse steak has just 1492 calories.

The Worst Food In America [Men’s Health via BoingBoing]


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  1. Dick.Blake says:

    Ameeeeerica, Ameeeerica, God shed his grace on theeeee

  2. What about dessert?

  3. Ayo says:

    Wow, if you ate that in one day, you would consume over the avg amount of calories a person SHOULD eat in a single day (2000ish).

  4. The Great Aussie Evil says:

    Eat this, you don’t need to eat again for the day.

  5. theirishscion says:

    Hot damn that looks tasty though….

  6. Buran says:

    @Ayo: Then don’t eat it!

  7. Dilbitz says:

    But they’re soooo gooood. I want some now….

  8. SaveMeJeebus says:

    Here in Texas, we call them ‘Merkun Freedom Fries. Then we wrap them in a tortilla with breakfast sausage and gravy.

  9. darkclawsofchaos says:

    @Ayo: 2300 is recomended, but that figure was made for people who move like a shelf stocker, but if you sit in an office, cubicle or desk all day, its more like 1600-1800 Cal.

  10. Mr. Guy says:

    in other news, Mr. Guy to eat at Outback Steakhouse tonight.

  11. mikemar42 says:


  12. MickeyMoo says:

    but if you eat them every day you won’t need to worry about: health insurance, your subprime mortgage resetting, or your bank VP identity thefting you cause you gonna be dead real soon now.

  13. drallison83 says:

    That might be the worst chain restaurant food item, but a local restaurant, Snuffer’s, actually serves a cheddar cheese fries w/ a side of ranch dressing for 3500 calories according to the waitress.

  14. eabu says:

    There’s this food where they stick a bunch of cheese and meat on top of a big piece of bread and it has a even more calories, its called a pizza, ever heard of it?

  15. CaptainSemantics says:

    (calls to bf) Honey, I know where we’re going to dinner tonight!

  16. parad0x360 says:

    I dont order a meal at the outback, i always get these fries and a bloomin onion and im good for days.

  17. Gorky says:

    Give me 2 orders!!!

  18. DrGirlfriend says:

    I just posted a link to this in the burger thread. It is so vile. The pictures are especially vomitous.

  19. Szin says:

    I’m pretty sure those fries have Bacon in them too. Delicious….mouth watering…bacon…..

  20. stanfrombrooklyn says:

    Don’t blame this on America. This is all Australia’s fault!!! Don’t you ever see the TV commercials?

  21. gniterobot says:

    @drallison83: I would be SHOCKED if a local restaurant actually paid to have that measured.

    I guess a guesstimate might be possible based on what’s in em.

    I have counted Calories in the past and have noticed some places who refuse to list (QUIZNOS). One reason I heard is the high cost of having the food evaluated for nutritional content. Any truth to that?

  22. Whitey Fisk says:


    “That might be the worst chain restaurant food item, but a local restaurant, the aptly named Snuffer’s, actually serves a cheddar cheese fries w/ a side of ranch dressing for 3500 calories according to the waitress.”


  23. Half Beast says:

    Oh god…bacon-cheese-ranch fries…
    Just looking at the picture is artery-clogging.
    That caloric count is twice of those Macaroni Grill pasta monstrosities aren’t they?

  24. Illusio26 says:

    These things are really f-in good. I order them pretty much every time I go to outback. Screw calories. This is taste heaven.

  25. Aphex242 says:

    Yeah those fries from Outback are kick ass. lol… the pic is not of the actual fries, unless that’s some weird to-go container.

    I’m also familiar with the work of Snuffer’s, and their food is waaaaaaaayyyy too salty. lol

  26. MercuryPDX says:

    One plate serves three people. It’s an appetizer and a DELICIOUS Cheesy Bacon-y one at that. I will take that over a Bloomin’ onion any day.

  27. KenB525 says:

    @drallison83: I’ve been eating at Snuffers for years; however, you can only eat those cheese fries about once every three months at the most.

  28. Trai_Dep says:

    Any guy caught eating this slab o’ lard revokes the right forever to the term, “Hey, look at that fat chick.”

    Gods, I pity the women of the South. Except for the lesbian ones, of course.

  29. Illusio26 says:

    I have a theory about food. You can add either bacon or chocolate to make just about any food on the planet better…

  30. Moosehawk says:

    I think someone is taking a trip to BK and getting a triple whopper and cheese with an outback order out of these babies sometime soon. Maybe two orders.

  31. MercuryPDX says:

    @Trai_Dep: Where do I sign….

    P.S. Skip the ranch and dip them in your Au Jus… or even better get Bloomin’ Onion Sauce.

  32. mac-phisto says:

    @darkjedi26: why is that an either or? POUR IT ON, BABY! (seriously, i put chocolate & bacon in my chili & it tastes freakin’ awesome <-completely unbiased opinion).

    oh, & it’s not a chain, but i’m pretty sure i can beat this w/ my occasional friday treat from a local restaurant. i dubbed it the garbage burger w/ heart attack fries:

    hand-formed, 1/2 lb. beef patty w/ cheddar, chili, jalapeños, onions, bacon & ditto on the fries. heaven.

  33. chstwnd says:

    I dunno. I kinda think this is the worst food in america.

  34. MissPinkKate says:

    I want those. Gimme gimme!

  35. XTC46 says:

    @gniterobot: getting it evaluated isnt all that difficult, but for some places portion control is. A place like quiznos should be no big deal, but when serving things like these fries, adding a few ounces too much cheese or ranch causes big shifts (hundreds of calories) so advertising them means it can be a liability.

  36. yesteryear says:


  37. Worst Food In America: anything From Outback Steakhouse. FTFY, Meg.

  38. MikeB says:

    @gniterobot: Actually, Quiznos now has nutritional info on their site. Think you have to go to the menu page, click which Item you want on the right side, scroll to the bottom and click “Show nutritional info”. If you stay away from the sauces you can eat fairly well there (Lower cal/fat)

  39. XianZomby says:

    This is bad for you, but people eat it anyway and make jokes about it. Then they get fat and have heart problems and it jacks up my health insurance. When will there laws that allow insurance companies to base health insurance costs on how fat you are and what you eat and if you smoke?

  40. Youthier says:

    Oh my God, I love those fries. Maybe I’m a Midwest rube but I love Outback… it’s the only place where I always order an appetizer, main course, and dessert.

  41. Youthier says:

    @XianZomby: My company’s insurance makes smokers pay higher premiums. Honestly, it’s the first insurance I’ve had as an adult. Is that not normal?

  42. Ok, I’m officially a fat bastard. But even I had to pull my jaw off the floor when the wife and I went to Outback and saw this on the menu. I mean, what the heck?! Even at my most gluttonous I wouldn’t dream of digging into this.
    Still, I’d rather eat this than poutin. I still have nightmares after my time in Canada about that stuff. How come a Texan didn’t invent that artery clogger?

  43. GTB says:

    holy crap i’m hungry now.

    Im still confused as to why this kind of thing is a big deal. Nobody looks at that and says “boy am I ready to chow down on this low calorie treat!” Its bad for you, we know that. I for one am all for being able to kill myself with food.

  44. XianZomby says:

    @HeyHermano: I actually don’t know the answer to this. But if they can’t charge higher rates for people that willingly lead an unhealthy lifestyle, maybe they can reward people for losing weight, quitting smoking, and lowering their cholestrol. In fact, that’s probably more politically correct then nailing fat people with higher premiums.

  45. It needs some bacon!

  46. ian937262 says:

    I threw these up one time…I broke blood vessels around my eyes. Sad but true story.

  47. drjayphd says:

    @mbouchard: There’s a concept. Maybe because they now list sandwiches that come in under 500 calories in the store?

  48. cryrevolution says:

    @chstwnd: Holy jeebus, thats just NASTY. I thought that crap was all myth until you posted it.

  49. ExtraCelestial says:

    Haha this totally made me crave Outback. I haven’t had cheese fries in over a year!

    My insurance deducts around $200 a year if you take their voluntary “healthy lifestyle” quiz and score above a certain percentage.

  50. valthun says:

    Go to San Diego, pick any hole in the wall Mexican joint, usually ending in “berto’s” though not always. Ask for the Carne Asada Fries. Now that is goodness. 1lb of fries a heaping mass of carne asada cheese, where it can vary (guacamole, sour cream, pico, and beans) the last four items are optional or already included and can be removed or added upon request.

    Or take the same stuff above and place it in a tortilla and you have the very delicious California Burrito.

    However go much further North than Orange county and they become hard to find.

    Also Denny’s has a similar plate to the Outback one, but on a smaller scale, and it is an appetizer as well. Very tasty.

  51. ShariC says:

    America doesn’t have the market cornered on this sort of excess. There are other places in other countries that offer up whopping huge portions. Even in Japan, land of tiny people and tiny portions, you can buy 3-foot-high ice cream parfaits, 2 pound pork cutlets, and curry by the gallon. The main differences are that it’s sufficiently more expensive that people are dissuaded from buying it and few places offer them compared to the U.S.

    These gargantuan monstrosities are linked to low food prices and the need to sell more to get more money per person. If you sell something normal (plain fries) for a reasonable price, people aren’t going to bother with a restaurant. They’ll just cook at home. Restaurant portions will change when food prices go up in the U.S.

  52. Asif5th says:

    I don’t know why people say your daily caloric intake should be no more than 1600-1700. That’s almost impossible, and on the verge of starving yourself. I get around 3000 calories a day, high protein diet (150-175g), and been hovering around 140 for the past 6 months. Height is around 5’7″

  53. BugMeNot2 says:

    @Ayo: really? i didn’t know that

  54. Techguy1138 says:


    The fat smokers have been shown to be cheaper on insurance company rolls than health conscious people.

    Healthy people live to long and that adds up.

    I.e. You are driving up the rates of the obese smokers.

  55. barty says:

    @theirishscion: They are…they are VERY good. Needless to say, I don’t eat that kind of stuff very often. Its more of a one or twice a year indulgence.

  56. Kaix says:

    Outback wouldn’t be so bad if they didn’t pretend to be Australian.

  57. SkyeBlue says:

    If you come here to Mena, Arkansas one of our local drive-in serves “Fried Greenbeans” and during the County Fair you could round your VEGETARIAN “mega fries fried green bean” meal off with a “Deep Fried Milky Way”!

  58. hwyengr says:

    @darkjedi26: My friends and I play a little game called “Butter, Cheese, or Chocolate”. There isn’t a single food that wouldn’t be better without one of those things.

  59. magic8ball says:

    Aw, come on. No love for the turducken? Granted, I’ve never seen it on a restaurant menu, but as long as we’re talking about ridiculous quantities of food …

  60. LionelEHutz says:

    Don’t forget to order the diet coke when you order this gut buster.

  61. youbastid says:

    Wow…this was covered on the news months ago. Is this really a surprise to anyone? The thing is HUGE – you’d have a hard time splitting it between four people. 2900 seems like a low figure to me.

    No, what was surprising to me was that a large tuna melt from Quiznos has the same amount of fat (175g) as this entire thing, and that’s a sandwich aimed at serving one person.

  62. youbastid says:

    @chstwnd: They credited the wrong inventor…That’s called a “Lutherburger” and it should have a lot more bacon and cheese than that.

  63. namram says:

    Clearly, they missed Susie’s Drive Thru.

  64. I love Men’s Health and they may be right, but they’re also wrong because these are also the best food in America. I dare you to try them.. Delicious and HUGE. I think we all know it’s not healthy… Though my friend dude throwup that one night after aussie cheese fries and some drinks.. yeah long story…

  65. MYarms says:

    Those fries are the jam!

  66. Angryrider says:

    Since it is a STEAKHOUSE, I thought it was implied that none of the food there is healthy. It shouldn’t be surprising that the fries are 2,900 calories, since they probably use the fat from the beef to fry them.

  67. pibbsman0 says:

    I saw this a couple months ago. When I looked at the list, number two was the “worst appetizer”, and I figured, it had to be the cheese fries, but alas, my beloved made it to number one. I’ve eaten these as a meal probably about twenty or thirty times, and boy are they good.

  68. shufflemoomin says:

    I like how the health issue of this is overlooked by some and it actually takes on the form of an advertisement for them. I guess the stereotype of the average American being fat, greedy and stupid may not be that far off the mark…

  69. The Porkchop Express says:

    @darkjedi26: don’t forget cheese or cheese food product

  70. Anonymous says:

    All I know is the wait stuff at Outback loves it when the customer pretends to speak with an Australian accent.

  71. Aphex242 says:

    @XianZomby: Actually fat people don’t “jack up” your health insurance. You know who does? According to a recent study, it isn’t smokers or fat people who strain our health system, it’s healthy skinny people.

    Seriously. Article just came out about a week ago. Fat people and smokers die soon enough, but you self-righteous skinny people live forever and develop all kinds of horrid problems that cost a ton of money to treat/manage until your well-trained heart finally quits.

    @shufflemoomin: Ironic, given that several European countries have fatter populations than the U.S. I hope, sir, you don’t happen to be from one of them, although I’m guessing that’s likely, given your snooty, elitist attitude. If you’re from Canada, I have one word for you: Poutine.

  72. I’m going to make this comment again, it’s the same comment every time one of these articles gets posted.

    If you eat out every day and get stuff like this it will make you a big fat fuck.

    Why ruin good tasting foods for those of us who can control their eating? These things look mighty tasty, and they certainly make me wanna go to outback.

  73. She Laughs says:

    @SkyeBlue: Frid Milky Ways are wrong on so many levels.

    I think my arteries are clogging just reading all of the posts.

  74. timsgm1418 says:

    omg, a hamburger on a krispy kreme, yikes I think I gained 10 pounds just looking at the picture@chstwnd:

  75. Peeved Guy says:

    @RamV10: “Why ruin good tasting foods for those of us who can control their eating?” Because there is a huge contingent of folks out there that know what’s good for you and feel compelled to not only tell you all about it, but force you to comply with their recommendations.

    BTW, these thing are, as the kids say, DA BOMB! And if you need a blog to tell you that FRIED potatoes, hidden under a mountain of CHEESE and BACON with a side of RANCH dressing might not be the healthiest of treats, you must have been dropped on your head as a baby.

  76. timsgm1418 says:

    @hwyengr: so true

  77. timsgm1418 says:

    seriously though, I don’t think anybody looks at those and thinks “ah a nice healthy appetizer” If you want to eat them, then eat them. It’s nobodys business what people eat. As long as people buy them, they’ll keep making them, they are in the business to make money, but I don’t think anybody has the right to be another adults calorie/fat police.

  78. gc3160thtuk says you got your humor in my sarcasm and you say you got your sarcasm in my humor says:

    @Trai_Dep: heh thanks,yah the women of the South have it rough in only having redneck men who eat this kinda shit and call women fat chicks to choose from for dating and marriage. However, the lesbian chicks such as myself have to listen to the aforementioned men and their comments and theories about how we just haven’t met the right man or they could do us so good we’ll transformed into straight women. So which is worse: dating men who eat this shit or having to listen to their crap? I’d rather listen to their bullshit any day as long as I don’t have to date them ;)

  79. bnorton says:

    Ok, here is the secret to Ouback you get the blooming onion as an appetizer and then get the cheese fries as a side. Soooo Gooood

  80. frankieman70 says:

    mmmmmmmmm fries with cheese.

  81. zippyzop says:


    Oh god… you got me thinking about Roberto’s. I tried those Carne Asada fries once and Jackson Pollocked my toilet bowl for about a week.

    It was worth it.

  82. Brad2723 says:

    Good thing I’m paid up on my insurance. Those fries are great.

  83. bluewyvern says:

    @aphex242: That study was just MADE for people to chime in these kinds of discussions with comments like “I heard skinny people are the problem, not fat people, so nyah!” Personally, I have serious doubts about that study, not least of all that it failed to compare the net costs incurred for the health care of skinnies vs. fatties — the skinnies are likely to have longer productive years, experiencing the majority of their health problems well after retirement, and pay more into the system, whereas the fatties are more likely to suffer ill health and lost productivity during their prime years.

    Plus, it might cost more, but you have to weigh the relative benefits — if it costs $100 to have a fat citizen who is sickly and obligingly dies at 60, and $120 to have a skinny citizen who lives a long, healthy life and finally dies at 102, isn’t there a chance that the increased utility generated over the course of the long, healthy life was worth more than the extra $20 it cost?

    Seriously, people. If least possible cost is the ONLY factor, then universal infanticide will ensure that no one will ever rack up any healthcare costs at all. If you’re after maximum utility, though, I’d hazard a guess that “healthy and long-lived” is the way to go.

    And as far as cheesy fries go — it’s a shame that so many people are incapable of indulging appropriately, and that restaurants like Outback Steakhouse cater to this tendency, both responding to and accelerating it. But if you are able to consume delicious treats in moderation, I bet these fries are a pretty tasty way to do so. Like hammers and guns, cheesy fries are tools, only as good or bad as the user, and not inherently evil.

  84. XianZomby says:

    For years the Big Mac was No. 1 on the list of “usual suspects” rattled off by health professionals when they talked about foods that are not good for you. “Big Macs, French fries, peanuts, popcorn, potato chips… etc.” But I notice the Big Mac isn’t really on the list of worst foods anymore. It’s not on the list of worst burgers either. The Big Mac, at 540 calories, has fallen well below the new standard for food decadence.

  85. mermaidshoes says:

    there have been way too many stories about puking at outback in this thread. i was once at outback with someone who puked, and i’ve avoided the place ever since. based on these comments, i think that’s been a wise choice.

    i do love cheese fries, though.

  86. pmathews says:

    You could always get a half order of the Outback cheese fries (not always on the menu but always available). So it’d only by about 1500 calories, then split that between three people. Then it would be about as bad as a Big Mac.

    Then you could throw caution to the wind and get them “Layered”. They add cheese all throughout the fries instead of just on top…

    I love Outback cheese fries.