A guilty pleasure some of us have (and, we hope, some of you do, too) is reading through the entire menu at a restaurant or cafe, looking for odd slips, grammar mistakes, and hilarious Photoshop fails. You know, for r-research purposes of course (that was a lie, we enjoy feeling superior and poking fun at bsaic grremar mstakess and anyone who thinks that Photoshop is an actual store).

Some menus, however, are so incredibly bad, so magnificently funny that people couldn’t help but take a picture and share it online for everyone to shame! Shame! Shame! The Photoshop and grammar-loving team at Bored Panda has collected this list of the most egregious menu fails to raise your mood, so have a scroll through and upvote the best of the worst.

And remember, folks, to paraphrase our glorious culinary leader Gordon Ramsay, if the menu has pictures in it, it’s time to start panicking!

Bored Panda talked about editing, proofreading, and kerning (aka the spacing between letters) issues in restaurant menus with Lisa McLendon, the News and Information Track Chair at the University of Kansas and the Bremner Editing Center Coordinator. Read on for her insights and, if you happen to be working on a menu right now, her advice on how to best present the text so its readable, clear, and doesn't cause embarrassing misunderstandings.

#1

It's On Their Menu

It's On Their Menu

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

Hot Horse C**k

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#2

The Peas Are Upside Down

The Peas Are Upside Down

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Serial pacifist
Community Member
2 months ago

That's art.

Vic
Community Member
2 months ago

This is giving me a headache..

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Gary
Community Member
2 months ago

You wouldn't think you'd notice, but once you see it you can't unsee it.

Bart Schatteman
Community Member
2 months ago

If they fall of the plate there will be more peas on earth, which is nice :)

Spikey Bunny
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2 months ago

XD

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months ago

A menu in honour of M.C. Escher.

Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
2 months ago

The M.C. Escher special

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 months ago

Anti-Gravypea.

Sawdust
Community Member
2 months ago

At first I thought "How can peas be upsidedown?"...

troufaki13
Community Member
2 months ago

They defy gravity

Hannah Edwards
Community Member
2 months ago

Do you want garden, mushy or anti-gravity peas with your pie and chips luv?

Mary Peace
Community Member
2 months ago

A mixture if it's OK with you, please mate.

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TheBookwormPotato
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2 months ago

lol this is confusing my poor brain

Julian Steinmann
Community Member
2 months ago

must have taken the chef ages to arrange them this way XD

R.E.O. Speedwagon
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2 months ago

Must be a really good chef too

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
2 months ago

Seap. Goes perfectly with pie and chips.

Dayton Alder Ernest
Community Member
2 months ago

that's trippy

Moon
Community Member
2 months ago

Modern art.

Doob
Community Member
2 months ago

how dare you! i want to speak to the manager!

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
2 months ago

Pasted peas.

Teresa Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago

Who knew peas could be upside down?

i love...................food
Community Member
2 months ago

i am getting confused

Aayse
Community Member
2 months ago

maybe they reached heaven cuz they re vegetables?

KLo
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh my!

Giovanni Omanand
Community Member
2 months ago

*confused screaming*

MALEC GWITTER🤩
Community Member
2 months ago

How......

Damon Tripodi
Community Member
2 months ago

That is really weird

Signe Manat Hansen
Community Member
2 months ago

HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE

Laura Watts
Community Member
2 months ago

That breaks my brain

Mi Shield
Community Member
2 months ago

This is making my brain hurt. Fourth dimensional plate!

Lutz Herting
Community Member
2 months ago

Ouch! That picture literally hurts my head! :D

AnAveragePanda
Community Member
2 months ago

oh wow thats confusing

Carolina Marshall
Community Member
2 months ago

It gave me vertigo!

Anton Kider
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh, nothing to worry about.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
2 months ago

Optical illusion :O

The one and only
Community Member
2 months ago

this was on good mythical morning once!

Livvy
Community Member
2 months ago

"Hi I'd like to order the upside-down peas"

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
2 months ago

That's disturbing to the point of making me go cross-eyed and blink a few times to be certain I am seeing it correctly.

Akash SC
Community Member
2 months ago

The real question is, why do the British think a pie, chips and frickin peas are a great combo?

Lucy Skinner
Community Member
2 months ago

Photoshop

Sam Chen
Community Member
2 months ago

WTF IS GOING ON HERE

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, sure. Regular peas, mushy peas, or upside down peas. It's all very British.

Eric Law
Community Member
2 months ago

They're special zero-g peas, developed by NASA for use in space. ;^)

Phendrena
Community Member
2 months ago

brain.can.not.process.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
2 months ago

They just turned them to fit the plate. They did not plan well.

UncleRussian
Community Member
2 months ago

I have 2 guesses. 1) whoever made this menu does not know how to flip the image. 2) they flipped it and the peas don't fit perfectly into the plate

Matt Hollis
Community Member
2 months ago

those peas have been photoshopped in upside down!

Mary Peace
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes. Otherwise they would not stay on the plate. That is the point.

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#3

The Sushi Restaurant, That I Went To, Accidentally Put A Picture Of USB Sushi On Their Menu

The Sushi Restaurant, That I Went To, Accidentally Put A Picture Of USB Sushi On Their Menu

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Kaspar Kristiansen
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2 months ago

U Should B creative....

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"Word placement, typeface, and kerning are crucial for effective, professional-looking logos and layouts," McLendon from the University of Kansas said. "If it’s just a few words, all-caps is fine, but it’s harder for people to read longer blocks of text in all caps. It’s also harder for people to read italic or highly stylized type, or type along a curve instead of a line."

She explained to Bored Panda that if you're working with words that are stacked or circled, you ought to look for all the various ways in which they could be misread or read out of order. "Make sure the starting point for readers is as clear as it can be," she said.

Meanwhile, if the kerning is too tight, the letters could run together and create some incredibly embarrassing misreadings. (Side-note: remember that if you ever write the word 'flickering' in capitals and don't want things to get out of hand fast.)

#4

This Seductive Duck I Found On A Menu In Vietnam, Complete With An Excellent Typo

This Seductive Duck I Found On A Menu In Vietnam, Complete With An Excellent Typo

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

"I'm too sexy for this menu."

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#5

Translated The Menu, Boss

Translated The Menu, Boss

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RavenClaw
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2 months ago (edited)

Up late?..Me too!

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#6

This Menu

This Menu

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

Somewhere out there, there is a kid looking for her magnetic letters

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McLendon said that, in her opinion, we should all give the people working on restaurant menus a break. "Especially if they’re not native speakers because their job is food, not language," she said about those employees who are asked to work on the menus because of budgeting issues.

"That said, a particularly awful or amusing typo can make a business go viral in a negative way—not something any business wants. The easiest thing is obvious, but many people forget to do it: run a spell-check. Spell-check will catch any typo that is a misspelling (most typos on restaurant menus are). But spell-check won’t catch typos that result in a word that is still a word, just not the word you want."

The solution? McLendon suggests having someone else proofread the menu text before sending it off for printing. "Some printing companies provide this service, plus there are freelance editors who do proofreading, and I’ve also heard of small businesses swapping services for work like proofreading."

#7

This “Plane” On My Airline Menu

This “Plane” On My Airline Menu

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RavenClaw
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2 months ago

They had fun with this didn't they?

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#8

My Friend Is In Florence, Italy And This Restaurant He's At Has An Assassins Creed Screenshot As Their Menu Background

My Friend Is In Florence, Italy And This Restaurant He's At Has An Assassins Creed Screenshot As Their Menu Background

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RavenClaw
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2 months ago

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#9

Anyone Want Some Thai Food?

Anyone Want Some Thai Food?

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elia 84631
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2 months ago

Nooooo

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Menus with pictures in them generally indicate that the place you’re eating at is a little bit on the cheap side. (If they’re laminated, get out of there, quick! Gordon Ramsay has a point, after all.)

Now, there’s nothing wrong with eating cheap food once in a while—who doesn’t enjoy a cheeky curry or a guilt-free kebab in the middle of the night when we’re peckish? But there’s something to be said for glancing a bit deeper into unchanging menus with low-quality pictures in them.

#10

Subway Salad Menu

Subway Salad Menu

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

Ctrl + C, Ctrl + V

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#11

This Was The Image Of Choice For An Ice Cream Menu In Austria

This Was The Image Of Choice For An Ice Cream Menu In Austria

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Meike H
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2 months ago

Nooooo!!!!

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#12

This Busy Ice Cream Shop In Seattle Put Their Menu On A Mirror So It’s Impossible To Read

This Busy Ice Cream Shop In Seattle Put Their Menu On A Mirror So It’s Impossible To Read

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Serial pacifist
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2 months ago

They are very transparent about their menu.

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However you might want to slice things (pun not intended), menus with pictures indicate that the owners of your chosen eatery aren’t investing a lot of money into the business, the staff, or the food. While this isn’t an automatic death sentence (plenty of businesses care about their employees, though, then again, plenty also don’t), it does mean that the quality of the food might be low.

Frozen, canned, and processed food is the norm. And if saving’s the main goal, you can bet your bottom dollar that leftovers will be reheated in microwaves and brought to you as though it was all fresh.

#13

This Picture Isn't Blurry, That's How The Menu Looks

This Picture Isn't Blurry, That's How The Menu Looks

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

If you think you're drunk enough, maybe you won't order so much.

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#14

French Restaurant Menu

French Restaurant Menu

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Some menus are just great wingman... they allow you to bring up things you would never do... first you laugh, then you show her, she laughs, now you can ask your next question.... have you ever tried it?

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#15

"You'll Need To Use The Flashlight On Your Phone To Read The Menu" - Waitress

"You'll Need To Use The Flashlight On Your Phone To Read The Menu" - Waitress

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SilverX
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2 months ago

Solution: Install some damn lights!

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Meanwhile, if the staff aren’t paid enough or motivated in some other way to act professionally, hygiene standards can drop. This can mean that the weirdly-photoshopped burger meal you’re laughing your head off at while flipping through the menu is an indication of low standards and nasty things crawling all over the kitchen.

What’s more, even if by some miracle the pics in the menu look terrific, there lies another problem: what you see and what you’re bound to get can be two completely different things. That’s why, personally, we’re in favor of small menus that only have words on them. If in doubt, you can always ask your server about each meal and they’ll be glad to tell you all about them.

#16

Top-Notch Photoshop On This Greek Menu

Top-Notch Photoshop On This Greek Menu

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Sum Guy
Community Member
2 months ago

Stripper Merman?.. what are they trying to sell here

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#17

This Menu

This Menu

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

This is something I would definitely do when out with someone I want to clearly show my intentions

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#18

The Peas On This Menu Photo Are Photoshopped In

The Peas On This Menu Photo Are Photoshopped In

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RavenClaw
Community Member
2 months ago

Damn even food is photoshopped!!

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#19

An Online Menu For A Restaurant I Was Considering Eating At

An Online Menu For A Restaurant I Was Considering Eating At

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

What menu?

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#20

The Motherlode Of The 90s Nightmares

The Motherlode Of The 90s Nightmares

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Truth Monster
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2 months ago

Someone is losing their sticker privileges

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#21

Got Those Drinks On The Menu, Boss

Got Those Drinks On The Menu, Boss

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Wendillon
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2 months ago

What? You guys don't drink entire pitchers of sour cream with your meal?

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Small and clear menus don’t mean simple and boring! If it’s readable, approachable, and user-friendly, your clients are more likely to get to the meat of things (literally, if they’re not vegan) and leave a healthy-sized tip.

#22

This Restaurant Wraps Their Menu Around A Wooden Stick. There Was Absolutely No Explanation Or Purpose To It

This Restaurant Wraps Their Menu Around A Wooden Stick. There Was Absolutely No Explanation Or Purpose To It

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

Everyone is looking for a gimmick

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#23

This Cocktail Menu

This Cocktail Menu

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Kaspar Kristiansen
Community Member
2 months ago

That's a lot of c**k!

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#24

I Honestly Don’t Know What To Look At

I Honestly Don’t Know What To Look At

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Kaspar Kristiansen
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2 months ago

That's just slobby work....

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#25

I'm Impressed That This Thai Menu Has Text Cropping Both Over And Under The Image

I'm Impressed That This Thai Menu Has Text Cropping Both Over And Under The Image

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RavenClaw
Community Member
2 months ago

The sauce looks cool like it's popping out at you.

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#26

This Menu That Seems To Be Upside Down At First Look

This Menu That Seems To Be Upside Down At First Look

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James016
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2 months ago

Don’t see right justified in the wild that often.

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#27

This Restaurant Pirated The Pirate Bay Torrent Site Logo For Their Menu

This Restaurant Pirated The Pirate Bay Torrent Site Logo For Their Menu

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Meike H
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2 months ago

Very meta

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#28

Seen At A Restaurant In A 5-Star Hotel In Los Angeles

Seen At A Restaurant In A 5-Star Hotel In Los Angeles

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Read inspirational quotes whilst you decide or are waiting for your attendant.

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#29

This Is What I Found On The Menu Of A Pizzeria

This Is What I Found On The Menu Of A Pizzeria

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Hans
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2 months ago

After her accident with the chainsaw, Lucy was lucky to find a surgeon who understand the profession. She thus could follow her dream career as a chef.

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#30

This Salad Section On The Menu At The Pub

This Salad Section On The Menu At The Pub

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Sum Guy
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2 months ago

In fairness, anything is a salad if you think hard enough

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Note: this post originally had 113 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

Which menu fail was your favorite and why, dear Pandas? Why do you think so many menus out there have such basic mistakes? Do you think that menus with pictures automatically mean bad food? What’s the worst menu you’ve personally encountered when you could eat in, not just take food to go? We can’t wait to read what you think in the comment section!