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I think most of us have some meal(s) that we like to be made in a special way, whether it’s in some particular restaurant, some special ingredients, made by the family member that nobody can compare to, or even the way we make it by ourselves. However, many of us also come across many foods that may seem simple to make but most of the time lead to disappointment when we order them.

Speaking about that, one Reddit user asked folks online to share meals that the majority of people or restaurants always manage to mess them up. Well, the responses vary from cooking eggs, sauces to simple restaurant cakes. So scroll through this ‘disappointing foods menu’ and share your thoughts!

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#1

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Fries.

So many mediocre fries.

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Austin L
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They generally just need to be cooked twice: once at a lower temperature to cook them soft and then at a higher temperature to brown the outside surface.

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#2

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Onion rings.

A great onion ring is an elusive thing.

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Jeremy James
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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had some good onion rings once: perfect, slightly sweet, crispy batter with a touch of spice just in the background. The batter didn't separate from the rings, so when you bit one, the whole onion didn't slip out and leave you with a hollow shell. I've been chasing that ever since.

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#3

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants I just had to pay $4 dollars extra to ADD mushrooms to stroganoff.... that should not be an additional fee.

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#4

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Fkn bacon. Don’t come at me with that floppy s**t.

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Pedantic Panda
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Don't come at me with your fragile bacon that you can shatter with a fork.

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#5

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Omelets. The cheese goes on the inside people!

And for the love of all things holy, when you're making a grilled cheese, the cheese should actually be melted!

Maybe my problem is the way cheese is prepared? Ok, I'm changing my answer to cheese

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Phred
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omelets take practice! When I go to buffets with an omelet station I ask if I can watch. Most makers of omelets are happy to have an audience--one person even explained what he was doing as he went along. Same with crepes. I've learned a lot and my omelets and crepes are pretty good.

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#6

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants There are too many breakfast places that can't cook eggs properly

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#7

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Hashbrowns. I don't get why I can only get lightly toasted but mostly white potato shavings. Even if I say, "no white" they still come out raw.

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LH25
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I had a friends who would say "cook them until you think they are burnt, then give them another minute". She still got white in them.

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#9

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants caesar salad. it either has barely any dressing, or it's so drenched in dressing that it pools at the bottom of the bowl.

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Nilsen
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And it there are tomatoes, it isn't a true Caesar salad. The salad can still be good though, but something else

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#10

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Gnocchi!! It’s meant to be light and airy, not a lead weight!

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Druklet
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought I didn't like gnocchi, but it was the starter at a wedding I went to recently and it was so good! Guess it's not meant to resemble boiled wads of glue.

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#11

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Mashed potatoes. Stop using instant.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Instant mashed potatoes are 90% as good as the real thing. Sometimes it's worth the time and effort saved to use them.

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#12

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Chicken pot pie. Do they really think I don’t want top AND bottom crust?

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Ace
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Err, in which case why would you order a pot pie? I thought that was the definition thereof.

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#13

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Coffee is rarely good in a restaurant.

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#14

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Macaroni and cheese.

Sometimes the noodles are gummy. Sometimes the sauce is bad, usually not very flavorful. Sometimes it's both.

Macaroni is usually a disappointment.

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Jaguarundi
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is another dish that I will only make at home for myself. There is one frozen brand that is AMAZING!!!! but I just can't force myself to pay that price for a frozen side dish that I can make fresh for a lot less money. It truly is "The World's Best" though.

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#15

Too much truffle. Truffle flavoring is usually made with petroleum byproducts. It’s nasty. Truffles don’t “infuse” into oil. That scent and that taste isn’t natural, it’s all synthetic.

Stop putting truffle flavor on everything! You are eating nasty a*s chemicals *and* paying a premium for it!

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#16

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants So many people seemingly can't cook rice. I don't get it, it's one of the easiest things to cook, just let it be and it practically cooks itself. But so many people can't make it

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#17

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Lo mein. You can’t use regular spaghetti noodles and pass it off as authentic!

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Roan The Demon Kitty
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

honestly, its a minor pet peeve of mine that some americans just call all pastas, spaghetti etc "noodles" xP

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#18

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Chicken breast. Every restaurant cooks it to death. You have to undercook it a bit and let the carry over heat finish it off, but restaurants are too afraid of salmonella so you end up with a dry piece of s**t.

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#19

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Tortillas - so many dry and flavorless industrially produced tortillas out there. Whether it’s tacos, enchiladas, etc, even if the fillings or toppings are great, a bad tortilla brings the whole thing crumbling down (literally) in my opinion.

All my favorite Mexican places near me make their own tortillas and it’s just a different standard. Otherwise, so many times I’m excited to try a popular spot, but then find the tortillas subpar.

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Austin L
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tortillas are one of those foods that are significantly better fresh.

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#20

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Pad Thai. Many places make it way too sweet.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ordering noodles can be hairy, because a lot of them are over cooked and over sauced, resulting in a sloppy mess.

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#21

I can't remember the last time I had decent fried egg rolls at a restaurant. The insides are often just mushy, flavorless cabbage.

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Mary Kelly
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yes...this!....they used to have celery, carrots, onions, and tiny shrimp in addition to the cabbage...and they had that thick bumpy shell

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#22

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Calamari. Often over cooked into rubber. At least here in the Midwest. I think enough people around here don't even know how good Calamari is it is screwed up so much.

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#23

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Crabcakes. Even in MD it's hit or miss, outside of MD places tend to use too much filler and binder.

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#24

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Poutine. It's trendy to stick fries, with cheese and a sauce and call it that, but you can't really substitute any of the ingredients and have it taste anywhere near the original.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This photo is an insult to poutine. There is not enough gravy, and an embarrassingly small amount of shredded cheese.

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#25

I’ve never had good nachos at a restaurant. The ratio of, and distribution, of toppings to chips is always disappointing. And the chips are often rubbery. Even if the flavor is nice, the balance is terrible.

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Ubedhheij
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Try making homemade nachos I like mine since I do whatever ratio I want.

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#26

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Restaurants trying to pass off mayo as garlic aioli.

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Ace
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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Garlic aioli". What, as opposed to "garlic and oil" (the literal meaning of the term) with no garlic in it? What I think you mean is simply that some places use garlic mayonnaise where you would prefer aioli.

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#27

Reuben sandwich… because when it’s good it’s great but when it’s bad it’s terrible.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Right? I love them so much that I rarely order them because I don't want to be disappointed. Very few places make them well. Not too much corned beef which ahs to be low on fat and gristle and not smooth. It needs a little grain to it. Lots of kraut and not too much dressing. Is that so hard?

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#28

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants Not f**k up but steak always tastes better at home.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Especially when cooked on the barbecue grill by someone who knows what they’re doing.

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#30

People Online Share 30 Meals That Lead To Disappointment Even At Restaurants If it's not a bakery, CAKE! Cakes in restaurants always tend to SUUUUUCK. They're not fluffy or delicious or leave a soft warm feeling in your body when you eat it. That's what I look for in my cakes, a good cake should be so soft and delicious that it makes you feel loved like a loving parent. Restaurant cakes are just either too dry, too hipster, or too goopy.

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