Dear bars and restaurants, we do genuinely appreciate how hard you try to impress us. After the pandemic hit, it has been a continuous struggle to save your business and attract both workers and clients. So it's only normal to put that extra bit of effort into everything, from the thoughtful playlist to premium Marseille soap in the bathroom.

Some restaurant owners and chefs take the dining experience up to the next level and come up with very ingenious ways to serve their food. Think of starters served straight on the table, croquettes served in an iron mask and no, I am not kidding.

Thanks to the internet's beloved We Want Plates project founded by Ross McGinnes back in 2015, we now have a crazy collection of absurd food servings to scroll through. “It’s the global crusade against serving food on bits of wood and roof slates, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars,” says its description and hey, thanks for the public service, you guys.

Psst! More hilarious food servings from We Want Plates can be found in our previous posts here, here and here.

More info: wewantplates.com | Reddit | Facebook | Instagram |Twitter

#1

Quality Postmodernism

Quality Postmodernism

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Yuki Li
Community Member
7 months ago

What the hell hahaha

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#2

The Juices Dripped Onto My Legs Through That Nice Crack In The Board

The Juices Dripped Onto My Legs Through That Nice Crack In The Board

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KJ
Community Member
7 months ago

So unhygienic.

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#3

This Rose Flavored Chocolate Dessert That You Have To Lick Off Your Hands! (Miami)

This Rose Flavored Chocolate Dessert That You Have To Lick Off Your Hands! (Miami)

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Diana Eriksson
Community Member
7 months ago

Eww

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Previously Bored Panda spoke with Ross McGinnes, the founder of the ‘We Want Plates’ community. Ross started the campaign in 2015 after a friend posted a picture of an average-sized steak on Facebook, which had been served to him on a large chopping board.

“It was captioned, unironically, 'That is a big meal!' It wasn't a big meal—he'd fallen for all this style-over-content hipster gastropub nonsense,” he recounted. Then, Ross searched Twitter for an account which would allow him to vent his spleen with like-minded people, but he found nothing. That’s how We Want Plates was created. Today, the project has 900,000 followers across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Reddit.

#4

Reject Modernity, Embrace Tradition

Reject Modernity, Embrace Tradition

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Yuki Li
Community Member
7 months ago

Agreed lol based off the above posts

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#5

Multi-Flavor Pizza Served In A Tire

Multi-Flavor Pizza Served In A Tire

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Francis
Community Member
7 months ago

"pizza"

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#6

You Could Order Barbie Meat At A Chinese Hot Pot Restaurant My Sis-In-Law Went To Last Night

You Could Order Barbie Meat At A Chinese Hot Pot Restaurant My Sis-In-Law Went To Last Night

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
7 months ago

Lady Gaga, is that you?

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McGinnes also noted that some restaurants put food on strange things because they want to try to impress their customers. Sometimes, that turns against them. “My local pub used to do a great Sunday roast: twelve quid, piled high, tasted great and yes, it came on a plate. One weekend they added a quirky offering to the menu: little sandwiches, pies, dainty cakes and mini milkshakes served on a miniature picnic bench. The benches, painted bright pink and yellow, sat on top of tables seating actual grown adults. And what was the first thing these infantilized diners did? It wasn't to try the food—it was to whip out their phones and take a picture.”

#7

So I Went To Alinea This Weekend

So I Went To Alinea This Weekend

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Yuki Li
Community Member
7 months ago

That's just pretentious. Am I supposed to lean over the table and risk getting my arms all dirty just for more blueberries lol.

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#8

Pasta, Sauce, Bread. In A Wire Cone

Pasta, Sauce, Bread. In A Wire Cone

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Abhinc
Community Member
7 months ago

has the chef pre-eaten this before throwing it up in those bread cones ??

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#9

Breakfast In A Egg Carton

Breakfast In A Egg Carton

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Yuki Li
Community Member
7 months ago

That's proper disgusting haha. Egg cartons smell gross.

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“Over the following months the picnic benches became increasingly popular, coinciding with the specials board becoming progressively smaller, before it eventually disappeared altogether,” Ross told us. He remembered sitting there one Sunday, watching bench after garish bench emerge from the kitchen like a technicolor carnival of idiocy, before his usual roast arrived.

#10

Dinner With A Side Of Tetanus Anyone?

Dinner With A Side Of Tetanus Anyone?

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
7 months ago

what is with all the barbed comments?

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#11

A Friend Ordered Tiramisu In Scotland. Why Sugar The Lid?

A Friend Ordered Tiramisu In Scotland. Why Sugar The Lid?

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
7 months ago

Is this what's called sweetening the pot?

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#12

Friend Of Mine Went To A Restaurant And Their Starter Came In A Book

Friend Of Mine Went To A Restaurant And Their Starter Came In A Book

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Yuki Li
Community Member
7 months ago

No!

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“The meat was cold and the potatoes were burnt. It was once their main Sunday trade, but the traditional roast had died an unpalatable death. But that’s OK because they were doing a roaring trade with the benches, right? Sure, until the pub down the road started doing them too. Then the one around the corner.”

Ross recounted that before you know it, everyone’s doing the same ‘quirky’ thing. “Except it’s not ‘quirky’ anymore because you can’t move for mini picnic benches and now all their roast dinners are rubbish to boot,” he told us.

#13

Plates Shouldn’t Fall Over When You Stab Them With A Fork

Plates Shouldn’t Fall Over When You Stab Them With A Fork

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yeciye
Community Member
7 months ago

When asked for food served in a stable way, this restaurant would bring straw and horses instead of plates.

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#14

Uhm.. How Do I Drink It..?

Uhm.. How Do I Drink It..?

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like a frozen desert served upside down.

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#15

Our Corn Chips Came In A Rusty Bucket

Our Corn Chips Came In A Rusty Bucket

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
7 months ago

Where was the health inspector?

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#16

The Croquette In The Iron Mask

The Croquette In The Iron Mask

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Abhinc
Community Member
7 months ago

how much for this one bite pretentious nonsense ??

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#17

Lunch Served On A Heavy Stone? I Felt Bad For My Server Who Had To Carry It

Lunch Served On A Heavy Stone? I Felt Bad For My Server Who Had To Carry It

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
7 months ago

Hopefully it was at least warmed.

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#18

Crepes Served As Babushka Barbe

Crepes Served As Babushka Barbe

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
7 months ago

Seriously Barbie, where’s your f*****g hairnet?

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#19

My Meal Was Served In A Folded License Plate. I Mean I Guess It Is A Plate In A Way

My Meal Was Served In A Folded License Plate. I Mean I Guess It Is A Plate In A Way

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
7 months ago

With fries you get oil change!

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#20

Friend's Mother Went To A Restaurant And Got A Glass Of Pasta! Upside Down!

Friend's Mother Went To A Restaurant And Got A Glass Of Pasta! Upside Down!

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Psychopathic Shark
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like a worm farm

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#21

A Bottle Of Fish

A Bottle Of Fish

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
7 months ago

to be honest it looks pretty cool

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#22

On A Cleaver...

On A Cleaver...

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
7 months ago

Suppose they think that's clever!

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#23

My Boyfriends Ice-Cream Came In A Little Metal Tub, But Mine Came In A Little Plastic Wheelbarrow

My Boyfriends Ice-Cream Came In A Little Metal Tub, But Mine Came In A Little Plastic Wheelbarrow

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Cold Contagious
Community Member
7 months ago

That's some sad ice cream in the wheelbarrow...

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#24

Twigs And Moss

Twigs And Moss

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River Webb
Community Member
7 months ago

what part of that is edible?

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#25

I’d Send This Back. This Replaced An Amazing Restaurant In My Town That Was Killed By Covid

I’d Send This Back. This Replaced An Amazing Restaurant In My Town That Was Killed By Covid

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
7 months ago

Even the lettuce receptacle is disappointed.

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#26

Spaghetti-No

Spaghetti-No

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Hannah Edwards
Community Member
7 months ago

No no no. The spaghetti, sauce, meatball ratio is all wrong.

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#27

Pasta Flight, Ended Up Everywhere

Pasta Flight, Ended Up Everywhere

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Gaby Almodovar
Community Member
7 months ago

Ridiculously unnecessary, not practical for guests and too much idiotic work for the kitchen. The chef here is a jerk.

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#28

My “Flying“ Noodles. They Where Cold Within A Minute

My “Flying“ Noodles. They Where Cold Within A Minute

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Theoretical Empiricist
Community Member
7 months ago

There are a reasonable number of things I want from my food. Flying isn't one of them.

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#29

Steak Pie In A Jar…

Steak Pie In A Jar…

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Yuki Li
Community Member
7 months ago

WTF

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#30

Kids Food On Dvd-Case (Photo From Restaurants Own Page)

Kids Food On Dvd-Case (Photo From Restaurants Own Page)

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AzKhaleesi
Community Member
7 months ago

Pretty sure that's a VHS case but still....

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#31

Soup In A Burnt Cabbage

Soup In A Burnt Cabbage

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
7 months ago

Why waste the cabbage?

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#32

Removing Splinters With Greasy Fingers

Removing Splinters With Greasy Fingers

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Shona
Community Member
7 months ago

ow. my finger hurt just looking at this

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#33

We Want Tables?

We Want Tables?

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Marcellus II
Community Member
7 months ago

I actually was planning to do my garden table somewhat like this, with left over 'green roof' materials. I hate mowing and grass, so it would be Sedums; the problem it it's either boring or very uneven.

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#34

I Swear, It's A Chocolate Mousse And Pop-Corn On A Wooden Board....

I Swear, It's A Chocolate Mousse And Pop-Corn On A Wooden Board....

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
7 months ago

Is there a conspiracy against chocolate mousse I haven't heard about?

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#35

Flattened Chips Due To The Weight

Flattened Chips Due To The Weight

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
7 months ago

I need your greasy food, your clothes and your motorcycle

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#36

I Guess We Are Serving Fish On Fish Bones?!

I Guess We Are Serving Fish On Fish Bones?!

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Otter
Community Member
7 months ago

Should I quit my job, and become a professional fish skeleton cleaner?

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#37

Aah Yes, I Finally Experienced The Classic Shovel Plate

Aah Yes, I Finally Experienced The Classic Shovel Plate

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Neil Oersted
Community Member
7 months ago

Let's dig in!

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#38

An Actual Non Stick Pan, Instead Of A Plate

An Actual Non Stick Pan, Instead Of A Plate

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Horatio Jay
Community Member
7 months ago

Well, that's bowel cancer waiting to happen. Never use metal on non-stick cookware, kids.

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#39

This Would Be Embarrassing

This Would Be Embarrassing

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
7 months ago

I just want to watch them carry it out of the kitchen.

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#40

So This Is Supposed To Be The Best Way To Eat Caviar...

So This Is Supposed To Be The Best Way To Eat Caviar...

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
7 months ago

Yep, this is normal. I learned it that way too.

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