04/18/2012 12:57 pm ET | Updated Jun 19, 2012

10 Foods That Should Be Banned From Mall Food Courts


In the hierarchy of American cuisine, you have Thomas Keller all the way at the top and fast food on the bottom. There's a sub-category, though, just underneath traditional fast food. It's so vile that it barely registers on the scale at all. Where is this demonic gustatory hell? It's the food court at your local mall.

Crass, nutritionally bankrupt, and offensive to pretty much all discerning eaters, it's perhaps the worst place you could possibly get hungry -- rivaled only by airports and amusement parks. Food courts exist for culinary masochists, those people who seem to relish punishing their bodies with as much salt, fat, and sugar as possible. With those people in mind, we've put together a collection of the worst of the worst mall foods, from orange chicken to virtually everything at Cinnabon. Enjoy!

by Jason Kessler, Bon Appétit

Worst Food Court Items