Hungry Girl Goes... In Search of Good & Bad New Restaurant Finds!

With new menu items popping up every day, it's hard to keep up on what's safe and what's a big fat disaster. Here are a few items to look out for!
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Good stuff

Romano's Macaroni Grill Aged Beef Tenderloin Spiedini

It doesn't seem like so long ago that the Mac Grill was Public Enemy #1 for crimes against calories. The new, lighter menu items make the HG crew so very happy, especially these skewers. The chicken and shrimp ones have been around for a bit and are great choices, but this new beef offering ain't too shabby either... especially since these numbers include the roasted veggies!

Each meal has 410 calories, 12g fat, 7g fiber, and a PointsPlus™ value of 10.

Ruby Tuesday Barbecue Grilled Chicken

If you're heading to RT's out of love for BBQ items, ignore the ribs! This chicken dish is the best way to get your saucy fix. But heads up — don’t get the heavy succotash and cheesy mashies (they're bad news!). Swap 'em out for the steamed broccoli and sautéed portabellas, and the stats will be as follows...

Each meal has 472 calories, 14g fat, 3g fiber, and a PointsPlus value of 10.

Bad stuff

Applebee's Philly Burger

Don't think for a second that just because this burger doesn't have bacon or deep-fried onions on top that it's a "good" option. It's not. The burger is large, served on a big ol' hoagie roll, and it has two types of cheese. Eeeks. What's scarier? These stats don't even include the fries that usually come on the side. No good...

Each burger has 1,090 calories, 63g fat, 5g fiber, and a PointsPlus value of 29.

Wendy's Baja Salad

Oh good, another entry into the "salads with crazy amounts of fat" category. This overdressed bowl o' greens has almost as many calories and more fat than the Wendy's 1/2 lb. Double with Cheese. When the salad is topped with two cheeses, guacamole, chili, tortilla strips, and a creamy dressing... the question isn't "Where did they go wrong?" — it's "What were they thinking?!"

Each salad has 730 calories, 47.5g fat, 13g fiber, and a PointsPlus value of 20.

Panera Bread Spinach & Artichoke Baked Egg Soufflé

A little something for the breakfast & lunch crowd... If you see this soufflé, do not eat it! Sure, the spinach and artichokes get top billing, but the cheeses, eggs, and croissant-dough base do all the damage. Not nearly as light as it sounds.

Each soufflé has 540 calories, 34g fat, 2g fiber, and a PointsPlus value of 14.

Where will Hungry Girl go next week? Check back Monday to find out!

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