Would You Like Fries With That?

While we were on the ill-fated Three Hour Tour™ of Houston on the city bus, we stopped at Papadeaux Seafood Kitchen.  I had a salad and green beans.  One of my colleagues had a plate of something fried on a bed of something else fried.

There was a time in my life when I complained to a manager at Bennigan’s because I didn’t get enough fries.  He explained to me that the fries on my plate were a single 5 oz. serving.  He happily provided me more fries at no cost, and I proceeded to happily eat my way to the weight at which I started this program.  That time is now in the past.  When I looked over at the plate next to me after my fellow conference-goer had eaten his fill, I was disgusted by what I saw.

Curious to know what the nutrition information for that plate was, I checked out the Papadeaux website.

Q:  Do you have nutritional information for your food?

A: At this time, we do not publish nutritional information. However, we do strive to offer our guests outstanding service, including accommodating dietary requirements. Please share your restrictions or special requests with your server or a manager, and they will help you determine which items meet your needs. We will do our best to accommodate you.

It’s hard out here for a healthy eater!  Is it unreasonable to expect restaurants to disclose nutrition information about their products?  Isn’t there a law that’s soon to take effect requiring chain restaurants to publish calorie counts on menus?


3 thoughts on “Would You Like Fries With That?

  1. Kristen Rowe says:

    I completely agree with you that restaurants should have to disclose their nutrition information. And you are right that a law has been passed that requires chain restaurants to provide nutrition information. Here is a link that has some more details on this law: http://www.fda.gov/food/labelingnutrition/ucm217762.htm
    At least they are making progress!

    • I did a lot of searching while writing this, but I never found a final version of the FDA rules. There are several drafts that I found, and I saw that they extended the review period, but I wonder when this will actually take effect.

  2. Kristen Rowe says:

    Your guess is as good as mine. Even though the law has already passed it doesn’t seem like they have been too concerned with enforcing it. I could not find anything that gave an exact date to which this will take effect either. I assume that it will be a process since it will take time for restaurants to perform a nutrient analysis. I also assume/hope that after performing the nutrition analysis that many of the restaurants will decide to make some healthy modifications to their menu. A girl can dream, right?

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