Charley's fries - oh my!

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WingLover
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Charley's fries - oh my! - Thu, 12/29/05 1:58 PM
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For quick BG info, Charley's Grilled Subs (http://www.charleys.com/index_M.htm) started at Ohio State University in the 1980s and has since branched out to more than 200+ restaurants in 30+ states.

Their web site proudly proclaims, "...with a national trend toward more healthful eating, grilled foods are rapidly gaining popularity over fried foods. Charley's menu specialties feature nutritionally beneficial foods, including made-to-order grilled steak or chicken sandwichs and fresh-cut gormet fries...offering today's health-conscious and yet taste-loving consumers a better alternative to the higher-calorie and fat-laden menu offerings of most competitors."

It is true that some of their fare *is* healthy if you order the low-fat sandwich options. But what really caught me off-guard was their french fries.

Called "gormet fries," the fries come in one standard size (not very large) and can be dressed with cheddar cheese, cheddar & bacon, ranch & bacon, or plain.

...I don't think you want to know the fat/calorie content of these fries. The numbers are shocking. For the regular, plain fries, one serving is a whopping 53 grams of fat and 690 calories! Cheddar/bacon fries has an insane 91 grams of fat (91!!!) and over 1,000 calories. Ranch & Bacon top 100 grams of fat.

I simply couldn't believe it when I read it. For a sub shop - now a chain, yes, but I digress - to proclaim that they have such 'healthy' food and yet have a ridiculous amount of fat and calories in their french fries alone seems incredibly deceiving.

Most of their 'regular' sandwiches are between 20-30g of fat and have at least 600 calories.

But the fries...simply astounding! Granted, I do think their fries are quite good (I have tried the cheddar & bacon and the ranch & bacon within the past month), but at this rate, you're better off with a medium fries at any fast food joint - they have less calories and fat than Charley's plain!

~Jessica

Michael Hoffman
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RE: Charley's fries - oh my! - Thu, 12/29/05 3:33 PM
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There's a Charley's not far from where I live, and I remember seeing a sign in the window recently (it's in the same building as my cell-phone service provider) advertising some sort of salmon sub. I might just try the place one of these days.

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RE: Charley's fries - oh my! - Thu, 12/29/05 3:34 PM
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Wow! Wish their site listed ingredients so we knew what the magic fat element was.

Picture looks like battered fries. That would probably explain it. Usually much higher in fat than plain.

But maybe they could do that ranch sauce on a fried twinkie?

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RE: Charley's fries - oh my! - Thu, 12/29/05 3:48 PM
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Isn't this a chain?

Michael Hoffman
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RE: Charley's fries - oh my! - Thu, 12/29/05 4:20 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Isn't this a chain?

Not only is it a chain, but it is a fast-food franchised chain.

And I'm looking forward to trying it.

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RE: Charley's fries - oh my! - Fri, 12/30/05 3:41 AM
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Hello All,
T.J., keep on keeping it honest about the dreaded fast-food bias.
I've eaten at Charley's once and found it wonderful. It was
late, after an Arlo Gunthrie(not sure of the spelling of his last
name) concert. I ate light, a delicious side salad and fries, with
a coke (after having a few White Russians, which they made perfect.)
My brother, who was on a low-carb diet, was able to find dishes to
his liking, and my nephew just pigged out on good-filling food.
The fries were great, and the atmosphere made me feel alive and like
I was a part of a good, non-rowdy, party.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle

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RE: Charley's fries - oh my! - Fri, 12/30/05 9:56 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Isn't this a chain?

Yes, it is a chain (I mentioned this in my post.) :-)

quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hoffman

Not only is it a chain, but it is a fast-food franchised chain.

And I'm looking forward to trying it.


If you go, I recommend their chicken teriyaki sub. It's very good!

~Jessica

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RE: Charley's fries - oh my! - Fri, 12/30/05 10:18 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Fieldthistle

Hello All,
T.J., keep on keeping it honest about the dreaded fast-food bias.
I've eaten at Charley's once and found it wonderful. It was
late, after an Arlo Gunthrie(not sure of the spelling of his last
name) concert. I ate light, a delicious side salad and fries, with
a coke (after having a few White Russians, which they made perfect.)
My brother, who was on a low-carb diet, was able to find dishes to
his liking, and my nephew just pigged out on good-filling food.
The fries were great, and the atmosphere made me feel alive and like
I was a part of a good, non-rowdy, party.
Take Care,
Fieldthistle

Are you sure you're not thinking of O'Charley's? Charley's is a chain of sub shops, and it doesn't have liquor.