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9 Things You Should Never Eat at a Chain Restaurant

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Stephanie MialkiGuest Blogger
July 08, 2016 · 9.1k Views

Many people talk about all of the best things to eat when ordering out, but in case you haven’t noticed, there’s not all that much talk going on about what NOT to eat. Well, don’t worry, we did our research and listened to what some chain restaurant employees were saying about which items to avoid ordering off their menus. Take a look…


1. Shakes and Smoothies from McDonald’s

Source: Restaurant Business Online

According to employees, the shake/smoothie machine only gets cleaned once per week and each time it gets taken apart, there’s a build-up of black, slimy mold inside the spout. Yummy, right? So, unless you know for a fact that the shake/smoothie machine was cleaned that day, I’d say it’s definitely a good idea to skip the shake or smoothie… and that includes the frappes!

2. Chicken Strips from Cook Out

While most Cook Out restaurants tend to be clean and sanitary, many employees recommend avoiding the chicken strips. They say that they take so long to cook that many employees take them out of the fryers too soon, leaving them undercooked. Many people even bring them back, complaining that they are not cooked enough.

3. Any meat from Dunkin’ Donuts

Source: Food Beast

According to a Dunkin’ Donuts employee, everybody should stay away from the meat offered at Dunkin’ Donuts. The employee explains that while it is preserved decently, “It’s just utterly disgusting,” and customers should probably just stick to coffee, donuts, and bagels.

4. Mushroom Pizza from Papa John’s

Yes, mushrooms are fungi, but I’m pretty sure you didn’t plan on eating an additional type of fungus on your pizza today -- MOLD. Am I wrong? A Papa John’s employee shared a little secret with the outside world: While employees don’t always check for mold on their mushrooms, they usually end up finding some when they do check.

5. Oriental Chicken Salad Dressing from Applebee’s

Source: Applebee's

While Applebee’s has tons of delicious menu options, the oriental chicken salad is probably not one of the best. Sources say that the oriental chicken salad dressing is pretty much just sugar mixed with chicken fat. If that’s your cup of tea, go for it! If fatty dressing isn’t quite what you’re looking for, I’d order something else.

6. Coolattas from Dunkin’ Donuts

Although we don’t know much about the Coolatta machine at Dunkin’ Donuts, we do know how extremely unhealthy Coolattas are. They are pretty much a combination of a bunch of different types of sugar and cream… that’s it. Not to mention, how many times have you gotten a Coolatta and the consistency has been awful?!

7. Chili from Wendy’s

Source: Reader's Digest

You might not want to hear this, but many times, the meat in the chili at Wendy’s is actually just leftovers. One employee shares that many times, Wendy’s will collect all of the burnt burgers and burger remnants, freeze them, and then boil them and chop them up a week later to put in the chili.

8. Veggie Burgers from anywhere

Sorry vegetarians, but veggie burgers are a no-go pretty much anywhere! First of all, they usually have to be chipped out of the freezer and microwaved before cooking. Second of all, they typically end up getting thrown on the same grill restaurants use to cook the regular meat!

9. Anything made with the Frappe Mix from Dairy Queen

Source: Dairy Queen Twitter

Many of the smoothie/ice cream-type drinks at Dairy Queen are made from the frappe mix. STAY AWAY! Employees say that this mix smells horribly bad and is extremely old in most locations. In addition, the mix rarely gets cleaned out of the machines, making it smell even worse than it did to begin with!


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Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.
GadgetDonJul 26, 2016
Are you kidding? Of all the fast food places, McDonalds still has the best shakes. Smooth, well mixed, proper temperature.