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