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The 99 Restaurant & The Practice of Hiding Nutritional Info in Restaurants

threedogs | Sep 10, 2011 03:41 PM

I just posted some of this on another thread (about Panera), but I think it deserves a thread of it's own. Recently I've become more health-aware, since it was and is either get control of my weight or I won't be around long to enjoy food much longer. So I'm reading the nutritional info that is available on restaurant sites - this is usually only available on chains (and while I love being able to see the fat, calorie, sodium content of my food, I would never expect small restaurants to provide this, as it would be cost prohibitive).

A friend of mine used to work at the 99, a local chain (I believe it's New England based - but I could be wrong), so we looked up the nutritional content of the foods she was serving. It wasn't easy to find it - if you want to see it for yourself, go to the 99 Restaurant website, click on 'menu,' then when you scroll down the left column, you'll see some small print pdf files. "Nutritional/Allergen Info" is what you want.

We were shocked - I thought I'd share this info with fellow Chowhounds, so here's some of the things we found:

Chicken Broccoli & Ziti dinner - 1920 cal, 103 grams of fat and 3140 mg of sodium
Captain's Combo Platter w/Seafood Chowder - 20901 cal, 144 gr of fat, and 4230 mg of sodium!!!
How about something "healthy," such as a salad (or as they call it, "Fresh From the Garden"):
FIre Grilled Southwest Cobb Salad: 920 cal, 57 g fat & 2200 mg sodium

Feel like having a sandwich?:
Grilled Chicken Panini: 1540 cal, 96 g fat & 2760 mg sodium

And then they have what they call the Crowd Pleasers. These serve, according to their website, 6 - 8 people. Let's see...
The Power Lunch Crowd Pleaser:
it has 11580 cal, 643 g fat and 23490 mg sodium
If this serves 6 people, that means everyone gets 1930 cal, 107 g fat and 3882 mg sodium!!
(I'd say order this if you want to knock off your boss...)

My opinion is something along the line of, well, I'd like to tar & feather the people who created this menu - they certainly aren't putting this info out, in an easy to access place (like - on the menu, next to the items, maybe?)

On the other hand, I don't want to make life harder for the small business person - it's tough enough running a small business today, I think.

Anyway, here's the link to where you can read it for yourself, if you'd like:

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