Restaurant Roulette

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How many calories do you get when you eat out? Researchers analyzed main dishes at independent and small-chain restaurants in Boston to find out. The average entrée (with sides) had roughly 1,300 calories, says Susan Roberts, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. "And that's with no drink, appetizer, or dessert."

Greek 

*with pita. **with pita, rice or potatoes, & side salad

  • Greek Salad* 960 calories (pictured)
  • Gyro 990 calories
  • Lamb Kabob** 1,260 calories
  • Pastitsio** 1,470 calories
  • Moussaka** 1,440 calories

 


 

Indian

*with rice & naan

  • Chicken Tikka Masala* 1,430 calories (pictured)
  • Palak Paneer* 1,410 calories
  • Lamb Vindaloo* 1,170 calories
  • Butter Chicken* 1,470 calories

 


Vietnamese

  • Beef Pho 940 calories (pictured)
  • Chicken Chao 530 calories
  • Pork Vermicelli 900 calories
  • Chicken Lo Mein 960 calories
  • Lemongrass Chicken 1,270 calories

 

 


Mexican

  • Chicken Fajitas 1,320 calories (pictured)
  • Beef Tacos 870 calories
  • Bean Burrito 1,190 calories
  • Nachos 2,170 calories
  • Quesadilla 1,070 calories

 


Thai

*with rice.

  • Drunken Noodles with Chicken 1,120 calories (pictured)
  • Chicken Pad Thai 1,480 calories
  • Vegetable Red Curry* 870 calories
  • Chicken Kaprao* 1,050 calories
  • Beef Macadamia* 1,300 calories

 


Japanese

*with rice

  • Vegetable Tempura* 1,180 calories (pictured)
  • Beef Yaki Udon 790 calories
  • Chicken Teriyaki* 1,150 calories

 


Chinese

*with rice

  • General Tso's Chicken* 1,960 calories (pictured)
  • Beef and Broccoli* 830 calories
  • Kung Pao Chicken* 1,150 calories
  • Pork Fried Rice 1,670 calories
  • Peking Duck (1/2 order) 1,750 calories

 


Italian

*with bread. **with bread & a side of pasta

  • Lasagna* 1,530 calories (pictured)
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs* 1,450 calories
  • Veal Marsala** 1,570 calories
  • Eggplant Parmesan** 1,950 calories
  • Fettuccine Alfredo* 2,270 calories