It's officially the 'worst way to start your day'

By Tim Nelson
July 26, 2018
Cheesecake Factory

There are a many bad ways you can start your day. Spilling coffee on your shirt, losing your keys, and going into the office only to realize you’ve just been laid off all come to mind. But of the nearly infinite possibilities, only one thing can officially earn the title of “worst way to start your day.” And for that, we have the Cheesecake Factory to thank.


That’s because the restaurant chain’s breakfast burrito took home that title 2018 edition of the Xtreme Eating Awards. Weighing in at 2,730 calories, 73 grams of saturated fat, and 4.63 grams of sodium, its nutritional profile is roughly on par with stuffing seven sausage McMuffins down your gullet. The Cheesecake Factory describes the dish as a “warm tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, chicken chorizo, cheese, crispy potatoes, avocado, peppers and onions, over spicy ranchero sauce [that’s] served with sour cream, salsa and black beans.” In reality, it’s a gut bomb that’ll make you want to crawl back into bed and stay there for a week.


Put together by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the annual Xtreme Eating Awards spotlights some of the most unhealthy restaurant menu items, many of which contain more than a full day’s worth of recommended calories (2000), sodium (2,300 mg), saturated fat (20g), and/or added sugar (50g). Filled with snark and sarcasm, the list hopes to help correct eating habits at a time when two out of three adults meet the definition for overweight or obese.


Given that they take their name from an incredibly rich, dairy-based dessert, it shouldn’t come as a shock that the Cheesecake Factory is no stranger to these awards. They landed on the list in 2016 for their fried chicken and waffles eggs benedict. The breakfast burrito isn’t the chain’s only item to take home an award this year, either: their chicken parmesan “pizza style” took home the award for “Worst Adapted Pizza.” The truly terrifying circular chicken parm “topped with angel hair pasta in an Alfredo cream sauce” weighs in at a comparatively lighter 1,870 calories and 55 grams of saturated fat.


So let that be a lesson to you: Not only is the Cheesecake Factory probably a pretty depressing place to eat breakfast, at least one of its menu items will pump you full of four day’s worth of saturated fat. Bon appetit!