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(MSNBC)   Restaurant chains discover what everyone knows: Diners don't order the healthy stuff   ( divider line
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10975 clicks; posted to Main » on 18 Aug 2005 at 7:58 PM (12 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-08-18 02:13:17 PM  
So, um, make everything healthy?
2005-08-18 02:29:15 PM  
When I eat at home I want healthy. When I go out I don't want to know how many calories are in it.
2005-08-18 02:30:01 PM  
ThatDevGuy: So, um, make everything healthy?

Yeah! And there ought to be some sorta law to make them do that!
2005-08-18 02:31:52 PM  
how the fark can people EAT the portions I get in these crap chain restaurants in the US? I can split an entree with a friend and have more than enough, unless I have a perverse need to waddle out as I see most people around here do. thanks, I like my ambulation how it is.
2005-08-18 02:33:42 PM  
If you burn it, it doesn't have any fat on it anymore. Really. I burn the fat on my bacon and it's fat free.

/wonders why he's still getting fat
2005-08-18 02:39:12 PM  
I pretty much stick to Gwendolyn's philosophy. I don't eat out for dinner often, so when I do, I splurge.
2005-08-18 02:41:20 PM  
I'm with Gwendolyn & Nabb1: I can make broccoli at home.
2005-08-18 02:53:24 PM  
Freedom baby! Eat what you want
2005-08-18 03:03:15 PM  
kcm: how the fark can people EAT the portions I get in these crap chain restaurants in the US? I can split an entree with a friend and have more than enough, unless I have a perverse need to waddle out as I see most people around here do. thanks, I like my ambulation how it is.

Are you trolling for fat people, Americans, restaurant owners, or a combination of the three?
2005-08-18 03:34:49 PM  
Ruby Tuesday's has a really good tilapia sandwich. I wonder what the stats are on that? Mmmmm
2005-08-18 04:01:34 PM  
I'm shocked! Shocked!!

(This may be the record "Duh!" article on Fark.)
2005-08-18 04:16:34 PM  
I like to order the deep fried delicacies out because it is too messy and hot to fry at home. This is a Duh! article because humans are hardwired to crave fats and that impulse can overwhelm you at an enticing restaurant. Or even a crappy one.
2005-08-18 05:10:09 PM  
Ant: Ruby Tuesday's has a really good tilapia sandwich

Ruby Tuesday's Tilapia Sandwich???
Is this a restaurant or a brothel?
2005-08-18 07:06:01 PM  
Tilapia sandwich???? Fark that!

THIS is how you serve tilapia:

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2005-08-18 08:04:16 PM  
You guys got me hankering for a "Moons Over My-Hammi" right now. Talk about your 3am comfort food. Yum!
2005-08-18 08:13:01 PM  

how the fark can people EAT the portions I get in these crap chain restaurants in the US? I can split an entree with a friend and have more than enough...

Amen to that. Some of the restaurants serve such ridiculous portions that you just have to ask "Why are people overweight again?" There's an Italian restaurant close to my house that serves a bowl of spaghetti that I swear is meant for small families and not individuals. If you were to form a spaghetti ball with it, my head would be smaller.
2005-08-18 08:13:19 PM  
I'm sure it doesn't help that they always fill the menu with enlarged-for-detail photographs of the unhealthy meals
2005-08-18 08:13:49 PM  
Pam EL

This may be the record "Duh!" article on Fark.

Actually, this is getting play all over the major news outlets. Only farkers seem to see it as "obvious."

I don't always splurge at restaurants. If the "good" stuff sounds interesting, I will try it. On the other hand, I eat in restaurants about four times a year, unless I am traveling.

They could charge me fifty bucks to cook my own food, and they still wouldn't make enough to justify it.
2005-08-18 08:14:05 PM  

/resume farking.
2005-08-18 08:14:05 PM  
This is a healthy plate of broccoli

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And this is a burger with fries at ruby tuesday

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Which choice is right?

/only ate there once
//poor service
///never returned
2005-08-18 08:15:34 PM  
Suupersize, Suupersize, Suupersize!
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2005-08-18 08:17:53 PM  
If it tastes good, its not healthy.

At least, in every instance I've ever had so far.

Maybe the expensive healthy food tastes good, but like hell am I going to pay for it.

The solution is of course, to eat lots of fruits and veggies, and less burgers and fries.

Oh, yeah and exercise. Can't forget that.

//Bacon is going to kill me, I know it.
///Doesn't care.
2005-08-18 08:18:12 PM  
Tilapia are bastards. There are quite a few in central Florida. The problem with them is that they are an invasive species and invade the largemouth bass' home. I would rather have the largemouth bass around for sport...a tilapia isn't much of a fight; I could cast net one if I wanted to because of how slow they are. I've never eaten one, just because it looks like a greasy-bone-pickin adventure to get at a few scraps of filet. Catch a snook or a redfish...and you have yourself an great tasting fish.
2005-08-18 08:19:43 PM  
Fried chicken, a half pund blue-cheese bacon cheese burger, some other horribly bad-for-you food... I won't cook them at home, but do they taste good. Someone else can trash their kitchen and I can eat something bad-for-me once in a while.

The rest of the nights I cook at home, and it tends to be rather healthy.
2005-08-18 08:19:52 PM  
Hm, maybe it's because people who care about what they ingest don't eat at these sorts of places?
2005-08-18 08:20:30 PM  


//...rusume faking...again...!
2005-08-18 08:21:34 PM  

People who are nuts about healthy food don't eat at chain restaurants. When I find myself at Denny's, I stick to the bottomless coffee.
2005-08-18 08:21:43 PM  
The food industry deliberately makes food taste good so that people will eat it more. Its proven, I've seen the movie supersize me and the TRUTH is all laid out in that movie.
2005-08-18 08:21:51 PM  
2005-08-18 08:22:02 PM  
Ugh, I hate restaurant meals so much. They're utterly massive! I feel like a tool leaving behind a dish that looks like I barely picked at it, but in reality I filled myself up. And then people whine at me for wasting food and being a picky eater. Excuuuuuse me? That salad-wrap was as thick as my knee and as long as my forearm. And then there's the mountain of French fries which I couldn't even touch. Then there are the ginormous platters of pasta the put in front of you. And they expect you to eat it with a spoon. Who in their right mind eats fettucini with a spoon? But only two restaurants out of the dozens I've ever eaten fettucini at gave it to me with a fork.

Are there actually people out there who can consume that much food in one sitting? Are there people who will whine about not getting enough food if their plates aren't 20 inches in diameter?

2005-08-18 08:26:01 PM  
Going out these days is a luxury. Soon as I save up enough gas money, I'm gonna splurge on the shiat I don't get at home.

/still saving
2005-08-18 08:26:45 PM  
I'm with absolutelychecken; I don't eat at these places, because I don't trust them. If I order steamed vegetables in one of these restaurants, they come covered in butter and salt (even if I specifically ask them not to). Try ordering some of the "healthy stuff" on the menu - odds are "they're all out". How can people order what's not available? No one that really cares about eating healthy would even consider eating out at these places.
2005-08-18 08:26:59 PM  
fighting the food industry is futile..

lawyers need to go after the soft target like makers of sofas,
pillow manufacturer, blanket cartel, papasan magnate,
bean bag chair conglomerate.

it's sick to see so many people die caused
by these comfy and exploitive products.
2005-08-18 08:27:40 PM  
I agree about the rediculous portions that restraunts server these days. Heck, I ordered a chicken sandwich today at ESPN Zone that was absolutely huge! That chicken definitely needed to be tested for steroids ... Especially working for ESPN.
And the portion of fries was also out of control.
2005-08-18 08:27:59 PM  
And in other news, people still smoke tobacco, drink to excess, shoot up, ride motorcycles and jump out of airplanes...sometimes all in the same day.

Let people do what they want. Think of it as evolution in action.
2005-08-18 08:29:41 PM  
It isn't evolution in action if they mess up all the hospitals and emergency rooms with the way they are killing themselves.
2005-08-18 08:35:22 PM  
Horsecrap. Lazy restauranteurs don't put the effort into the healthy entrees. They figure if they leave the skin off the chicken it's healthy and don't compensate with flavor for loss of fat.

I've been to plenty of places where the healthy stuff was the best stuff on the menu and it was all good.
2005-08-18 08:35:58 PM  

Tilapia are bastards.

I never fished for them -- my cousins do enough fishing for several clans -- but they are about the most worthless fish I have ever put into my mouth. No taste, no texture, and not even enough body to hold breading to soak up yummy oil. They are like miniature sole, only more so.
2005-08-18 08:36:49 PM  
RAID01:And the portion of fries was also out of control.

I don't understand this statement? How can one have too many fries? I don't think that is possible.

2005-08-18 08:36:59 PM  
Center for Science in the Public Interest, come save us from ourselves!
2005-08-18 08:37:30 PM  
I hate when people say they "can't lose weight", and yet they eat fatty food so often.

Occasionally I will splurge on a fattening meal - but not often, and I rarely eat fast food anymore. If I do, I'll either get a kids meal, or a sandwich without fries. We do have burgers at home - 93% lean meat, usually grilled on my indoor grill.

I also had a plate of spagetti a week or so ago that looked like it was in a platter. Normally I'd not mind, but I wasn't close to home and threw about 2/3 of it out (I ate more than I would have if I was able to take it with me).

2005-08-18 08:40:28 PM  
Chinese Buffets are the greatest invention evar !11!1!oneone!11
2005-08-18 08:40:59 PM  
My desire to eat better is why I no longer eat out. At all. Not even the "healthy" places. Eating too much of ANYTHING is bad for you.
2005-08-18 08:41:01 PM  
From what I can tell, even the "healthy" meals at places like that are served in huge portion sizes and are really kinda less than healthy. If you're going to eat at those places, yeah... the tilapia salad is probably a better choice than the burger and fries, but the really smart choice is to not eat at those places at all.

Americans suffer from "portion distortion." Simply put, we want to eat till we're stuffed and if we're served a plate that doesn't fill us up, we'll likely choose another restaurant next time we go out.

So it's more cost-effective for the restaurants to serve large portions of cheap food with additives to make it taste better than it is to serve smaller portions of higher-quality food. *shrug* We can't really blame the restaurants; they just want to make money. Blame the demand that created the supply.
2005-08-18 08:42:00 PM  
That salad-wrap was as thick as my knee and as long as my forearm.

So was the burrito I left in the bowl after eating at Huddle House was week.

RT is nasty, even their healthy stuff was too fatty...damn peeps, you don't have to dump a gallon of butter on veggies, let the consumer do that.
2005-08-18 08:42:22 PM  
If you like hepatitis A.

/I keed
//Still a little scared of chinese buffets
2005-08-18 08:44:33 PM  
Right on m0llusk! People make choices and they live with the results. In our current society they also contribute to our health insurance and medical care woes.
2005-08-18 08:45:33 PM  
The first solid food I had after having my wisdom teeth removed was the Ruby Tuesdays Colossal burger and a chocolate tallcake. God, it was beautiful, especially after a week of living on yogurt and pudding. My then-girlfriend, who I hadn't seen in a week because I couldn't talk, just watched in horror.

Boy, I had to clean out the holes that night.
2005-08-18 08:46:04 PM  
You don't want to eat the healthy food in these joints because NOBODY ELSE IS EATING IT! Do you really want to be the person who finally orders the hunk of tilapia that has been in the cooler for a week? If you must eat at thes places, select the menu item that sells the fastest. You can at least, hopefully, get fresh food.
2005-08-18 08:46:30 PM  
If you don't like being fat, don't eat it. I eat pretty healthy and have hardly ever gained significant weight that wasn't lean muscle, and I can eat crappy delicious junk food once in a while. Go for moderation and stop blaming restaurants instead of taking responsibility.
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