A plate of crispy battered shrimp, mushrooms, tomato and arugula tossed with spaghettini and a cream sauce took the cake as the most calorie-rich chain restaurant dish in America.
Packing a whopping 3,120 calories, the Cheesecake Factory's Bistro Shrimp Pasta, which sells in Washington for $17.95, loomed large over other gut-busting menu items on this year's Xtreme Eating Awards list.
The countdown of high-calorie entrees and desserts was put out Wednesday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group focusing on health, nutrition and food safety.
Among other dishes under the Xtreme Eating spotlight are the 1,980-calorie Deep Dish Macaroni and 3-Cheese at Uno Chicago Grill and a 1,820-calorie Chocolate Zuccotto Cake at Maggiano's Little Italy.
By way of comparison, the average adult requires 2,000 calories a day.
"It's as if ... major restaurant chains are scientifically engineering these extreme meals with the express purpose of promoting obesity, diabetes, and heart disease," said the center's executive director, Michael Jacobson.