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Reader: Deck was stacked against Red Robin -- Cheesecake Factory without cheesecake?

Colorado may be the healthiest state in the country, but it gained an unwanted honor this week, when the Center for Science in the Public Interest gave its top Xtreme Eating award to a monster meal at Denver-based Red Robin, which clocked in at a whopping 3,540 calories. But one reader calls foul: See also: Congratulations, Colorado! Red Robin boasts the country's "single unhealthiest" meal

Says NoBoBear:

Calling shenanigans! They stacked the deck against RR.

Yeah, not a healthy meal, but with the other food outlets listed, not making it a fair fight. For example, don't recall seeing beverages added to the other restaurant's listed. So, in the case of the Mexican restaurant given, a marg or two will add a large number of calories due to all the sugar in it. Going to Cheesecake Factory and not having cheesecake?

If eating at Red Robin or others listed, I'm not getting a shake. Maybe a beer or two (~300-400 cal for two). Lot less than the 1.5k from the shake.

If you add beverages to the other menu items, you start getting closer numbers. Still probably need to visit a cardiologist afterwords, but not as epically bad.

For the record, Red Robin corporate headquarters offers this: "This study combines some of our most indulgent items into one meal and in fact, less than half of 1 percent of our guests have ordered these menu items together in a meal. However, everything on the Red Robin menu is customizable and can be modified to fit within a guest's dietary needs."

Is a monster burger part of your dietary needs? What's the most unhealthy meal you've eaten in Denver?

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