Cathy Erway, the blogger behind Not Eating Out in New York, lists one of the best reasons for abstaining from restaurants (in one of the world’s most exciting food cities): To put it simply, eating at home tends to be healthier.
Of course, this isn’t earth-shattering news, but since the New York City Health Department now requires restaurants with more than 15 locations to post the calorie counts of all the items on their menus, the unhealthiness of some unlikely foods has been revealed. Erway made the not-so-surprising discovery that a slice from New York City chain Ray’s Pizza contains 25 grams of fat and 613 calories, which is slightly healthier than the Wendy’s Classic Double with everything and cheese, which promises 40 grams of fat and 710 calories.
But the popular lunch item that outweighs both the pizza and the burger in fat and surpasses the slice in calorie count is—wait for it—the Cosi Signature Salad with Shallot Sherry Vinaigrette (described on the Cosi website as “Mixed greens tossed with red grapes, pears, pistachios, dried cranberries and gorgonzola”), which packs a whopping 52 grams of fat and 683 calories (and that doesn’t even include the free bread that comes with it).
The moral to this story? If you’re going out to lunch, just treat yourself to something you consider delicious—whether your belly bomb of choice is a salad, a slice, or a double cheeseburger. But if fat and calories are a concern, you’re better off brown-bagging it.