Chains like Chili’s and Buffalo Wild Wings are failing because customers are changing their attitude toward healthy …

Buffalo Wild Wings’ Cheese
Curd Bacon Burger contains 1,620 calories.


Casual dining chains like Chili’s and Buffalo Wild Wings are
serving up dishes loaded with calories, and that’s a huge reason
they are struggling
to survive

On Monday, the Center for Science in the Public Interest
(CSPI) released its
annual list identifying the unhealthiest restaurant meals in
Chains leading the way include Texas Roadhouse,
Chili’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings.

While fast food has received plenty of flack from nutrition-savvy
critics, the biggest culprits when it comes to calories, salt,
and fat are often sit-down, casual dining joints.

A Big Mac contains 540 calories. Buffalo Wild Wings’ Cheese Curd
Bacon Burger contains 1,620 — before you add fries or sides.

Buffalo Wild Wings
Wild Wings’ Cheese Curd Bacon Burger

Wild Wings Strongsville

If you compare the items on CSPI’s list to what up-and-coming
chains are serving, the differences between the menus are
clear. Health-centric
chains like Cava Grill and Dig Inn
 have won over
customers and investors with lower-calorie options highlighting
fresh ingredients. The fast-casual market is on the rise and is
expected to reach $66.9 billion by 2020, according to the
market-research company Technavio.

“They have more of a healthy perception, there’s quicker service
times,” Wedbush analyst Colin Radke
told Business Insider in March.
“The healthiness and the
speed of service — that’s been taking market share from casual

Many of the brands on CSPI’s list — such as Chili’s and Buffalo
Wild Wings — have faced sales slumps and dozens of
restaurant closures in recent months. The high-calorie,
high-sodium foods simply aren’t drawing in customers like
they once were. 

That isn’t to say that casual-dining chains don’t have healthy
options. Most of them — Chili’s included — have a “lighter fare”
menu, which tends to include somewhat uninspired takes on salads
or grilled chicken and fish dishes. But, these dishes often
seem to simply be watered-down version of their calorie-packed
menu partners. 

Also notable is the fact that some chains
are still convincing customers to purchase
less-than-healthy items.

Texas Roadhouse
Roadhouse’s 16-ounce prime rib, loaded sweet potato and Caesar
salad contains 2,820 calories.


While Chili’s and Buffalo Wild Wings have struggled recently,
Texas Roadhouse — ranking No. 1 on CSPI’s list for
its 2,820-calorie prime rib, loaded sweet potato, and Caesar
salad — has been thriving. On Monday, the company reported
same-store sales had grown 4% at company-owned
restaurants in the last quarter. 

The issue isn’t simply a matter of calories. It’s having a menu
that feels fresh and appeals to customers.

Calorie bombs like Cheese Curd Bacon Burgers and huge plates
of smoked meat aren’t making the cut. 

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