5 Dishes at Chain Restaurants to Skip for Something Healthier (and Just as Tasty) at Local Eateries in Greater Phoenix

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Skip Hardee's Monster Thickburger for Joe's Farm Grill's Fontina Burger.

3.) Skip: Monster Thickburger at Hardee's
Eat: Fontina Burger at Joe's Farm Grill

Monster Thickburger at Hardee's: What's in a name? Everything. Including, according to "Eat This, Not That" of Men's Health, four strips of bacon, three slices of processed cheese, and two half-pound patties of greasy ground beef for 1,300 calories and 93 fat grams of gut-busting grossness.

Fontina Burger ($9.49) at Joe's Farm Grill: This retro-futuristic burger stand in east Gilbert serves up a more manageable burger offering made with a 6-ounce patty of local, natural beef topped with roasted red peppers, grilled mushrooms, field greens, fontina, and farm-made pecan pesto. Replace the fries with one of Joe's fresh salads and you're doing yourself one better.

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Skip Steak 'n Shake Chili Cheese Fries (large) for Zulu Caffé's Housemade Chips.

Skip: Chili Cheese Fries (large) at Steak 'n Shake
Eat: Housemade chips at Zulu Caffé

Chili Cheese Fries (large) at Steak 'n Shake: News flash: French fries don't count as "eating your vegetables" -- especially when they're covered in processed cheese and ground beef. And if you're at Steak 'n Shake, according to "Eat This, Not That" of Men's Health, you could eat three Steakburgers with cheese and still take in fewer calories. Yuck.

Warm Salt and Pepper Chips ($5) at Zulu Caffé: Former Quiessence chef Brian Ford kicks out this just-enough plate of tasty homemade chips at his casual bistro situated inside the Scottsdale Airport. Warm, perfectly seasoned with salt and pepper, and delicately crisp, they're lightly sprinkled with a few melted drops of blue cheese, crunchy pieces of bacon, and fresh scallions. Perfect for sharing and even better alongside one of Ford's seasonal salad creations.

Location Info

D'Lish Kitchen and Coffee House

1135 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

D'Lish Kitchen and Coffee House

2613 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Praying Monk - CLOSED

7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Joe's Farm Grill

3000 E. Ray Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Zulu Caffe

15000 N. Airport Dr, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

That's a Wrap!

800 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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