When you don’t have any expectations, you can’t get disappointed. But when there’s an advertisement for a delicious meal shoved right up in your face but you get served a big pile of cheap-looking cooking, you can’t help but get angry.

Nobody expects picture-perfect food at restaurants. However, some of these meals are so incomparable to their ads, Bored Panda just had to show you side-by-side examples. Check them out below, upvote the most egregious cuisine lies, and let us know about the times when a restaurant has made you swear like a souped-up version of Gordon Ramsay.

We’re not talking just about fast food here. Restaurants in seemingly good standing are also known to violate the most basic tenet of human relations ever: don’t mess with someone’s food. (Though, come to think of it, can you really expect anything good from places that have pictures of food on their menus? Kidding! Haha! Just kidding! Please don’t hurt me, Picture Menu Restaurant Mafia.)

#1

My "Cookies And Cream Stuffed French Toast" From Ihop

My "Cookies And Cream Stuffed French Toast" From Ihop

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Leroy Fong
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2 months ago

look like someone took a sh*t on it

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#2

I Ordered Bruschetta From My Local Pizza Shop

I Ordered Bruschetta From My Local Pizza Shop

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Foxxy (The Original)
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2 months ago

That monstrosity doesn’t even deserve the name bruschetta.

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#3

Cheese Fries From Buffalo Wild Wings

Cheese Fries From Buffalo Wild Wings

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Rose the Cook
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2 months ago

Is the cheese colour natural?

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As I see it, there are two main problems when it comes to sloppy reality being far from the picture-perfect gourmet meals you expect to receive. And they have a lot to do with our expectations. The problems are all about the actual cooking standards and the way food adverts can raise our expectations too high.

The first issue is very human: sometimes, the people making your food don’t 'five a guck' about what you’ll get served or they mess up and decide to put the meals out anyway. They might be overworked and burned out. Or they might be lazy and inattentive.

The solution here is simple (and incredibly hard at the same time)—the kitchen staff need to find the inner motivation to take pride in their work. Meanwhile, management needs to maintain acceptable standards. If you wouldn’t eat something you make, why would you expect your customer to? It’s better for the food to be late but presentable instead of rushed and disappointing.

#4

This Steak Salad That Looks Nothing Like It's Advertised

This Steak Salad That Looks Nothing Like It's Advertised

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Samantha Lomb
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2 months ago

The second looks like when you throw all the leftovers in the fridge together at 2 am because you have the munchies

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#5

This Is So Outrageous

This Is So Outrageous

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Erin Presley-Froemke
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2 months ago

Jameson and Ginger had been online dating for a while, when the day came where they would finally meet.....

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#6

Subway Pizza

Subway Pizza

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Rose the Cook
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2 months ago

Is the base uncooked?

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The second problem, however, is directly related to how things are advertised. What you see on the menus are the ‘perfect’ versions of meals that restaurants want you to see. While some restaurants go for amateur snaps, others go all out and hire professional food stylists to turn grub into glamor shots.

Food styling is an art. Pros can end up using a whole array of tools, from tweezers and tape to blowtorches and paint. So when you take so much time and effort to create a work of art, can somebody in the kitchen who is under pressure really deliver something that’s comparable? Sometimes? Yes! Always? Dear Lord, no.

#7

Menu vs. What They Served Me. No, Millennials Didn’t Kill Appleby’s, They Committed Suicide

Menu vs. What They Served Me. No, Millennials Didn’t Kill Appleby’s, They Committed Suicide

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Lyra Fortune
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2 months ago

The title though! 😂

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#8

Taco Bell’s Grande Stacker Box

Taco Bell’s Grande Stacker Box

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
2 months ago

They forgot the filling.

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#9

Burger King Grill Dog Cheddar And Bacon

Burger King Grill Dog Cheddar And Bacon

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Adam C
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2 months ago (edited)

for one second I thought the sausage was missing.

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#10

Part Of A $3.50 School Lunch. Picture On The Menu And What Was Served

Part Of A $3.50 School Lunch. Picture On The Menu And What Was Served

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postboredom
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2 months ago

School lunch?!?!? Seriously? Those poor kids..

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#11

A Texas Sized Disappointment

A Texas Sized Disappointment

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BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

Apparently, they don't know the meaning of the word BIG.

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#12

The 3 Pieces Of Lettuce Was A Nice Touch I Guess

The 3 Pieces Of Lettuce Was A Nice Touch I Guess

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Truth Monster
Community Member
2 months ago

its a taco which shows you its future

Valentin Celac
Community Member
2 months ago

so hilarious 😂 😆

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Sarah Fry
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh my god. That's horrible! AND IT LOOKS DISGUSTING

Lyra Fortune
Community Member
2 months ago

Okay, now thats just lazy.

andate him
Community Member
2 months ago

That's why they're 99 cents

Charlie
Community Member
2 months ago

This is why they’re 99c

Isabel Rocha
Community Member
2 months ago

I want to cry

Jessica Cifelli
Community Member
2 months ago

Did they s**t in the taco too?

Pumbaa
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a diaper..

MikeMaxis
Community Member
2 months ago

would need one after that meal.

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kjorn
Community Member
2 months ago

for 99c what you expect?

TheWitchNaru
Community Member
2 months ago

Used to work at Jack In The Crack. Really gross food.

Bradly Briggs
Community Member
2 months ago

yuck

May Be
Community Member
2 months ago

Not worth a penny more than 98 cents.

Doris Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

Disgusting!

Madeline Rose
Community Member
2 months ago

I love their burgers.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
2 months ago

That looks like a dog's breakfast!! I know my dog would just walk away for this....

Billy the kid
Community Member
2 months ago

LOL. s**t pie

JD Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

Origin of the term “Sh*t Taco”. It’s what they serve in an election year at a MAGA event.

Madison Wilson
Community Member
2 months ago

lol

Luuta
Community Member
2 months ago

Pre-nibbled.

Laura Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

what were they on an economy drive?

Latoya Graham
Community Member
2 months ago

I could have said don’t waste your time

Lorelei Michael
Community Member
2 months ago

Ewww look at the shell tho bleck

Genevieve Warner
Community Member
2 months ago

Welp... This is what you get for 99 cents

Pansexual-Pancake
Community Member
2 months ago

is this taco bell? this is what i got last time i went to taco bell FRICK my school does better tacos

Sylas Lockwood
Community Member
2 months ago

who does that

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
2 months ago

no way... no.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh this is gross, totally inedible

WildBerry
Community Member
2 months ago

Bogus pic. Someone doesn't like Taco Bell and is trying a little smear campaign here.

Dreamwolf
Community Member
2 months ago

That is what you get for buying it. If it's 99 cents mine as well just make it yourself.

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
2 months ago

I love their fried tacos...........they are usually just meat and cheese though.

Denis Gomes Franco
Community Member
2 months ago

What can you expect for a 99c taco?

Riween
Community Member
2 months ago

Meh, to me all tacos look like the second one, (I hate tacos)

Gerry Higgins
Community Member
2 months ago

As bad as it looks..... they are really good! can't help it. I love'em

Alex K
Community Member
2 months ago

hey what did u expect for 99c

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

You gotta get the fried tacos. Just make sure you have large amounts of alcohol in your stomach to dilute the grease

Marta Dyrgała
Community Member
2 months ago

It doesn't matter it's 99 cents, they should look at least a little like the picture. The second picture just makes me mad, it's ridiculous. Lettuce is freaking cheap and they give you a few very very tiny pieces? Just like McDonald's and 1 f***ing thin slice of a pickle for a whole cheeseburger. I can't even...

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 months ago

Poundland Incarnate.

Purezz
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow...There are at least 5 on that taco!

Jeff Lefavor
Community Member
2 months ago

OH My hell

J. Kasilo
Community Member
2 months ago

I am usually very happy with the looks of Taco Bell's food!

Deb Johnston
Community Member
2 months ago

I get tacos from Jack in the Box (Texas) all the time, and mine aren't as pretty as the picture, but I always get more meat & cheese than that, and there is always a ton of lettuce, they are a little skimpy on the tacos, but there are always tomatoes.

Brett Layton
Community Member
2 months ago

also A) its Jack in the box and B) its 99 cents you get what you pay for.

Susan Reid Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

I think they are up to $1.29 here.

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Bruh.
Community Member
2 months ago

Bruh

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
2 months ago

Tacos from a fast food BURGER joint?? What could go wrong there?

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
2 months ago

bruh

Sarina Greenhaven
Community Member
2 months ago

pitiful

Tea4Turtles
Community Member
2 months ago

Those tacos hardly contain meat. It is close to a meat flavoured hummus. It is a very sad excuse for a taco.

Naomi Cline
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like cat food that even my cat wouldn’t eat!

Molly Block
Community Member
2 months ago

If you want decent tacos, go to Taco Bell. If you want good tacos, go to a Mexican restaurant. If you want great tacos, make them yourself.

Ms.GB
Community Member
2 months ago

That's not how they normally look, you just got a cook that didn't give a s**t, or rather did give a s**t...right in the middle of your taco.

Infinite Dragon
Community Member
2 months ago

Now this is heartbreaking!

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
2 months ago

God, I miss Jack-the-Box and those Midnight runs!

Johanna Mueller
Community Member
2 months ago

back and worse than ever

Ace Cole
Community Member
2 months ago

99¢? It isn't 1¢.

JessG
Community Member
2 months ago

Get the mini tacos, those are really good.

Torchicachu
Community Member
2 months ago

ive never been served a taco this depressing

A B C
Community Member
2 months ago

What you pay is what you get, I guess...

Louchebert
Community Member
2 months ago

I guess they tried to keep it as crunchy as possible... in which case sacrifices had to be made... :'-(

Andrew Gibb
Community Member
2 months ago

looks like a used diaper

postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

Its a mud-taco

Philippa Davies
Community Member
2 months ago

I wouldn't feed my cat this...

WildBerry
Community Member
2 months ago

That isn't saying that you feed your cat well. No one feeds their cat tacos.

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2 months ago

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well what do you expect in a 99ct taco. pay proper money for your food and you'll get quality instead of this shite

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#13

Dreams Were Dashed At The Airport

Dreams Were Dashed At The Airport

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Rose the Cook
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2 months ago

Weight watchers version.

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#14

Grilled Salmon At The Mall Food Court

Grilled Salmon At The Mall Food Court

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks dried out.

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#15

Expectation vs. 2020

Expectation vs. 2020

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BusLady
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2 months ago

Sums up 2020?

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#16

Taco Bell, I Try To Love You, So Why Do You Treat Me This Way??

Taco Bell, I Try To Love You, So Why Do You Treat Me This Way??

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

Shred Chicken BLur (I hardly see it!!)

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#17

Restaurant’s Charcuterie Board As Advertised vs. What I Got

Restaurant’s Charcuterie Board As Advertised vs. What I Got

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Call Me Mars
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2 months ago

Now you know they have a sponser from Babybel!

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#18

Damn, I Am So Looking Forward To Eating This Delicious Burger With Copious Amounts Of Guacamole, Just As Advertised, And Then- Oh Wait..

Damn, I Am So Looking Forward To Eating This Delicious Burger With Copious Amounts Of Guacamole, Just As Advertised, And Then- Oh Wait..

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
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2 months ago

You don't remember the great avocado shortage of 2017?

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#19

Tim Hortons New Fruit Loop Donuts

Tim Hortons New Fruit Loop Donuts

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BusLady
Community Member
2 months ago

All the other Froot Loops left, because they were ashamed.

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#20

Jack In The Box Tacos

Jack In The Box Tacos

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Samantha Lomb
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2 months ago

eww

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#21

Thanks KFC, Totally What I Expected

Thanks KFC, Totally What I Expected

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Lyra Fortune
Community Member
2 months ago

Okay but the first pciture is photoshopped af.

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#22

Fungi Toastie From Subway

Fungi Toastie From Subway

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Lyra Fortune
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2 months ago

Thats not even the same item!

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#23

Arby's Bacon Beef 'N Cheddar

Arby's Bacon Beef 'N Cheddar

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Phoebe Bean
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2 months ago

So... they don´t "have the meats" after all... (as opposed to the Arby´s tv commercials declaring "We have the meats")

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#24

The Tempura Green Beans Looked Delicious On The Menu. I Think They Fell A Smidge Short

The Tempura Green Beans Looked Delicious On The Menu. I Think They Fell A Smidge Short

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Lyra Fortune
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2 months ago

Looks like the grass my dog pooped out

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#25

The Burger I Ordered Tonight

The Burger I Ordered Tonight

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Jeff Requier
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2 months ago

They really messed up because the second one isnt even Beef

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#26

I Know It's Airline Food, But Sweet Baby Jesus United Airlines, Why Would You Let Someone Pay $10 For This?...

I Know It's Airline Food, But Sweet Baby Jesus United Airlines, Why Would You Let Someone Pay $10 For This?...

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BusLady
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2 months ago

Even the one in the ad doesn't look that great.

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#27

This Is Why You Check Your Food Before You Leave The Restaurant...

This Is Why You Check Your Food Before You Leave The Restaurant...

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

You want pizza with that sauce.

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#28

So I Bought This New Burger From Burger K!ng...

So I Bought This New Burger From Burger K!ng...

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Olivia Agave
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2 months ago

They threatened it with the cheese.

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#29

When Reality Doesn’t Meet Expectations

When Reality Doesn’t Meet Expectations

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RaroaRaroa
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2 months ago

Eww. These must all be franchisee run businesses skimping for the biggest profit. I can only assume they live in highly populated areas where they can still survive, even if no one ever goes twice.

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#30

The Pico De Gallo Burger At Whataburger

The Pico De Gallo Burger At Whataburger

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Lyra Fortune
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2 months ago

Well... what a bugger.

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