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restaurant calorie counts....doubtful?

Well Last week i went to this fairly new restaurant that opened about a year ago where I live. They have a "living well" menu that claims that every entree/ salad under it is 490 calories or below....which i find strange anyway because 490? really? not 500? Im sure they do that since it sounds less than the big 500?
Anyway, I ordered this salad called the tuna sierra salad. Its salad greens topped with seared ahi tuna pieces, feta cheese, honey roasted pecan pieces, crispy chow mein noodles and lime vinagrette. (sp?) And they claim its only 490 calories. Well the salad tasted AWESOME but i seriously doubt its under 490 calories considering it has both cheese, nuts AND dressing on it. And its a good sized salad, not some wimpy thing.

Has anyone else experienced a similar situation where you ordered a "low cal" entree and you know it definitely was more calories than they claim?
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Re: restaurant calorie counts....doubtful?

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    One of the things I go by is if it seems to good to be true it probably is. But you also have to consider is that per serving? What do they consider a serving? Does that include the dressing or is the dressing seperate?

    You can always try to calculate the calories on your own and see how similar it really is and if it is in fact kind of close?
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    raynesraynes member
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    Did it say anything about serving sizes?  Maybe the salad was 2 servings?

    Then again, that sounds about right to me, calorie wise, for that salad.
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    The serving is just one....So the calorie count would be for the whole thing. Raynes...it sounds right to you? I though feta and pecans would totally blow the cal count out the window of 490 cals.....maybe im wrong?

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    Calorie-wise that sounds right. Fat-gram wise, it might have been a bit heavy. Unless the dressing was oil-free. And even then, the nuts, cheese and noodles probably had quite a bit of fat all together.
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    Julz629Julz629 member
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    I feel that way about the WW menu at Applebee's.  Also, their entrees below 550 calories.  My skepticism is furthered by the fact that they won't release ANY of their nutritionals.  My steamed veggies tasted like they were cooked in butter the last time I ordered a meal there!
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    jholbel...I feel the same with applebees WW menu...I ordered the quesadillas before, and while they tasted great it seemed too good to be true....and ive also ordered a sandwich with veggies and mine tasted reallly buttery too. I usually will request to have them made w/o butter just in case....The thing is....do you really think restaurant chefs in all their busyness take the time to stop and say...."wait....this entree is a low-cal one so lemme but a little less cheese on it....or steam up some butter free veggies..."? I hope they do, but when its the dinner time rush I can see how itd be easy to dish up some already made steamed veggies w/ butter...you know what i Mean?

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    raynesraynes member
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    Well, if it uses "normal" serving sizes then it would be:

    Salad greens - 10 cals
    Ahi Tuna - 140 cals
    Feta cheese - 80 cals
    honey roasted pecan pieces - 40 cals / Tbsp, soo, lets say 80 cals
    crispy chow mein noodles - 130 cals
    lime vinagrette - 100 cals/ Tbsp

    is 540 calories, and I estimated somethings high.

    So, yeah, I'd say it's about right!  Personally, I would have removed the chow mein noodles.  Those are empty calories.  Everything else is pretty nutritional.

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    megilbmegilb member
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    Thanks Raynes!!!!!
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_getting-shape_restaurant-calorie-countsdoubtful?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:238Discussion:126c8b86-bab7-4b98-87ff-00031edc5afbPost:12bd617e-1a46-47ec-9796-aa5542a95709">Re: restaurant calorie counts....doubtful?</a>:
    [QUOTE]jholbel...I feel the same with applebees WW menu...I ordered the quesadillas before, and while they tasted great it seemed too good to be true....and ive also ordered a sandwich with veggies and mine tasted reallly buttery too. I usually will request to have them made w/o butter just in case....The thing is....do you really think restaurant chefs in all their busyness take the time to stop and say...."wait....this entree is a low-cal one so lemme but a little less cheese on it....or steam up some butter free veggies..."? I hope they do, but when its the dinner time rush I can see how itd be easy to dish up some already made steamed veggies w/ butter...you know what i Mean? <strong>p.s....i have imagen photography doing my wedding too! Nathan is awesome!!!</strong>
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    yes!
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