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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,540
6/6/13 1:00 P

I am pretty sure that most restaurants make their mashed potatoes in advance.

There is one steak place that we go too and my dad loves their mashed potatoes because they are made with full fat cream and butter.

If it is a chain steak restaurant you can probably look up the nutrition information and decide if this is a splurge that you really want.

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6/6/13 11:48 A

Some restaurant fries are made of frozen processed potato with additives, flavors, and extra starch/thickeners to hold it all together, while steak fries tend to be (not always the case) cuts of actual potato, with some skin even. Given that scenario I would choose the steak fries, personally. Some restaurants use sliced up real potatoes for their regular fries but it's not that common. There's no shame in asking how the fries are prepared to help you decide.

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6/6/13 11:34 A

I was actually curious about the fry thing too. I ate out last night and got to choose between thin cut french fries, or seasoned wedge fries. I picked the seasoned wedge fries just because they sounded better. I just looked up the values, and the wedge fries were 432 calories for one serving, whereas the french fries were 530. I think it kinda makes sense... thinner fries have more fried "outside" than a larger wedge or steak fry would. Also, steak fries are larger so less of them fill up the plate, as opposed to thin ones, they have to put more on to make the plate look full. I mean, neither of them are a great choice though....but if you want fries, I'd go for the steak fries.

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6/5/13 9:06 P

If they make mashed potatoes like I do, there is A LOT of butter in them (thus why I don't make them or eat them often)

I don't see anything wrong with having mashed potatoes if that is what you want. It isn't like you are eating them every day. Personally, I don't like baked potatoes, so I won't get one. I opt for the baked sweet potato if I am in a "potato" mood.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,297
6/5/13 5:57 P

The last time I was at chili's I got the fried shrimp with mashed potatoes and broccoli. It was actually one of the better choices on the menu. If I recall correctly the potatoes had less fat than the broccoli. So I think it really depends on where you go.

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6/5/13 5:53 P

Mashed potatoes made at a restaurant are usually made using butter and milk. When you ask them to "hold the butter" to them that means you do not want butter to top of your mashed potatoes.

Instead order a baked potato. No butter added there. You can add whatever you want to a baked potato or just eat is plain.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/5/13 5:08 P

Steak fries are probably WORSE. They start off frozen and pre-coated with a layer of... i don't even know what! Something to make the seasonings stick!

Best bet is baked potato - so much more control over what you're eating. And they taste good, too!

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6/5/13 5:02 P

I doubt there is much difference at all in steak fries and 'french' fries. If you are at home, you can bake them rather than frying. We do this all the time on a pizza stone and they are great!

for eating out - what about a sweet potato? I can eat those plain. Actually, I keep a bag of sweet potatoes for a quick snack. Throw one in the microwave for that 3:00 'I'm starving & I don't want to eat too much because I'm going to the gym after work' feeling.

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6/5/13 4:58 P

Thanks for the information everyone. Better idea would probably be a baked potato if I wanted a carby side. Thanks. I'm more ok with fat than most people on this site, but I was just wondering about having the classic steak and mashed potatoes, instead of my steak and steamed veggies I always go for now. Since I've got the big steak there, no need to add any butter and more calories you know? Trying to lose those last 5 pounds again since they came back.

Another question, what about steak fries? are those any better than french fries? or just marginally?

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6/5/13 4:53 P

That's also assuming the mashed potatoes aren't coming out of a box either. That's why if I really want a potato, it will be a baked potato

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6/5/13 4:17 P

At most restaurants (chain restaurants especially) menu items mostly arrive at the restaurant pre-prepared and full of preservatives, sodium, and whatever flavorings they will need. This is mostly done so that product quality is the same from restaurant to restaurant and visit to visit. You will probably only be having them 'hold' the little pat of butter they put on top for presentation. You could ask the server how the mashed potatoes are prepared, but if you want to be extra safe, you could order a baked potato and mash it up yourself with your fork. I do that sometimes and to me they taste better anyway.

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6/5/13 4:16 P

tough question - depends on the restaurant.

Maybe a better option would be a baked potato, with all the add-ons on the side (if available). Mash it up with your fork and add what you want.

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6/5/13 4:12 P

So say I wanted to indulge and felt I earned a treat, would ordering mashed potatoes at a restaurant and asking for no butter mean it actually is decently low fat? Or are the potatoes already pre-prepared with a bunch of melted butter and all asking to hold the butter do remove the extra pat on top?

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