Dessert, anyone? While some may be satisfied with a small bite of something sweet or a sorbet to cleanse the palate, Uno Chicago Grill offers up the Mega-Sized Deep Dish Sundae.
This offering consists of a hot cookie, baked in the restaurant's signature deep-dish pizza pan, topped with ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream.
The dessert delivers 2,800 calories and 72 grams of saturated fat.
"Nobody thinks something called a Mega-Sized Deep Dish Sundae is a health food," Wootan said. "But as a nutrition professional, I was pretty shocked to see that it has 2,800 calories."
Ayoob said that whichever way the cookie crumbles, even sharing this dessert might not blunt its impact on your diet.
"This is just ridiculous for one person. It's ridiculous for four people -- still 700 calories for dessert alone," he said.
His advice? Limit yourself to a single bite -- and let your friends take the calorie bullet.
"You'll still have participated, and you'll actually be able to move on because your rear-end won't be as big as that of people who scarfed the dessert," he said.
"Here's a hint: while the rest have their mega-dessert, order a cappuccino with full-fat milk and add sugar if you like," Ayoob added. "It'll only add up to about 150 calories and it'll feel like total indulgence, but with calcium."
If you're in the mood for comfort food, it's hard to top chicken and biscuits. But The Cheesecake Factory's rendition of the home-style favorite packed enough calories to make CSPI's list.
The entrée, described in the menu as "Breast of chicken served over mashed potatoes with shortcake biscuits, mushrooms, peas and carrots. Covered with country gravy," has about 2,500 calories, according to CSPI.
"This is comfort food because it adds extra padding," Ayoob said.
Most likely among the prime culprits of the calorie load of this dish is the gravy, Ayoob said. His advice if you've just got to have it? "Eat half, save half, but also brush off the gravy so you only get a taste of it. You'll cut the calories at least by half.
"Then you can see if you want to get comfortable with the other half of it for dinner the next day," he added.
In previous years, CSPI has railed against certain offerings that have combined the best in taste -- and the worst in nutrition -- of two or more fattening foods. This year, the Quesadilla Burger at Applebee's drew their ire.
The offering combines the beef patty, cheese and bacon of a cheeseburger with the pico de gallo, cheese and tortillas of a quesadilla. Add in a condiment known as Mexi-ranch sauce, and you have your sandwich.
"It used to be enough to just have quesadillas on the menu," Wootan said. "Now they're sticking cheeseburgers in the quesadillas."
With fries, the calorie count tops out at 1,820, with 46 grams of saturated fat and 4,410 mg of sodium to boot. Take away the fries, and the calorie count looks slightly more approachable at 1,380. Further dividing this sandwich into two meals could mitigate some of the impact, Ayoob said.
"Just cut it in half and hold the fries on this one," Ayoob said.
But diet food it is not -- and even without the fries, the meal remains among the most sodium-filled on CSPI's list.