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
Community Member
3 months ago

look like someone took a sh*t on it

Susan Trevaskis-Owen
Community Member
3 months ago

And that is why one should never, ever use a smooth tip to pipe chocolate frosting.

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Hilary Mol
Community Member
3 months ago

"Mom, check it out - they have Poo Grilled Cheese on the menu!"

BusLady
Community Member
3 months ago

They actually expect someone to eat that?

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like a cat has taken a s**t on top.

pebs
Community Member
3 months ago

They did on purpose.

Pasion Jones
Community Member
3 months ago

i refuse to beileve this is real!!! lmbo

A B C
Community Member
3 months ago

What the eff is that turd on top?

im normal
Community Member
3 months ago

oh... a-a turd... heh thanks

Emilingo
Community Member
3 months ago

The first one looks so good

Jovita A
Community Member
3 months ago

I had this at Ihop, it does look close to the one in the first picture, so I don't believe in the second...

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

is it just me or is that poo

Norah Pattison
Community Member
3 months ago

toast couvert de merde...mmmm 🤢

MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
3 months ago

Not EVEN close, folks

glowworm2
Community Member
3 months ago

This French toast contains neither cookies nor cream. Just the bitter taste of disappointment.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 months ago

And a bit extra.

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Valerio Denicolo'
Community Member
3 months ago

..maybe the restaurant name is "I hope"..

Levity Camilleri
Community Member
1 month ago

Yum yum, a pile of poo. My favourite. So appetising. Yep.

Blue
Community Member
2 months ago

The server knew what they were doing when they made this look like dog s**t. I would have sent it back and complained.

Bill Wallner
Community Member
2 months ago

NOT from my experience.

Teddy Eka Putra
Community Member
2 months ago

and different plate too

Sylas Lockwood
Community Member
2 months ago

where did you get my dogs sh*t?

Deniz Vitvitskiji
Community Member
2 months ago

Hell ill eat it

Isabel Rocha
Community Member
2 months ago

Cooking!

Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
2 months ago

The last time I was in an IHOP (Canada) it was disgusting.. The pancakes were undercooked, my eggs were raw (despite me asking for them overhard), and my bacon was so under cook, it was still oinking.

William Quach
Community Member
3 months ago

There's a toast on your s**t! Take it back to the kitchen! No one should mess with your s**t!

Nataly Valencia
Community Member
3 months ago

Eww

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
3 months ago

This warrants a walk out and follow up with corporate.

HufflepuffPanda
Community Member
3 months ago

That sounds so good! 😊

Sarina Greenhaven
Community Member
3 months ago

Ew

Jjjane20
Community Member
3 months ago

It seems they hired a cat to make the decoration.

Infinite Dragon
Community Member
3 months ago

What's even on it, it's definitely not whipped cream

Tachtunes bd
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Nice post tachtunesbd.blogspot.com

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

That second photo is extremely unappetizing.

Roger Haywood
Community Member
3 months ago

IHop. They DO give a s**t. Literally.

Louchebert
Community Member
3 months ago

Well, they've either got a cat or a small dog on the loose... :-s

salmon chipmunk
Community Member
3 months ago

PLEASE tell the workers to use the bathroom, no matter how good the toast looks

Ms.M.
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh sh*t, I just puked in my mouth a little

Bubbs Art
Community Member
3 months ago

Turd?

Tabitha L
Community Member
3 months ago

The original doesn't look very appealing to me either.

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
3 months ago

I could not eat that. It looks like dog sh*t

COcO BAMa
Community Member
3 months ago

Is that a slug wow i see how they save money now

Anna2010
Community Member
3 weeks ago

looks like sombody took a crap on it

serge
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone at IHOP has a scatological sense of humor....or is sending a message to a Karen, who knows...

Viv Hart
Community Member
2 months ago

What is that gross object?

Fieke Engelen
Community Member
2 months ago

So! Is this a fake comparison? How did it get through?

Anna Feldman
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a turd

Bradly Briggs
Community Member
2 months ago

Horrible why we never eat there

Bradly Briggs
Community Member
2 months ago

Horrid

Wendy C
Community Member
2 months ago

Ewwww! Did you eat it?

Kathy Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

ICK!!!

Barbara Stewart
Community Member
2 months ago

Ewwwww

Mumof1
Community Member
2 months ago

who let the dogs in!

Jaybird3939
Community Member
2 months ago

Do they have a dog helping out in the kitchen?

Nicholas Williams
Community Member
2 months ago

Exactly

Carole Strawn
Community Member
2 months ago

That is disgusting. It looks like someone took a dump on it.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I seriously would have sent that back & ordered something else. No way I could get the image of Minnie's "Eat My S**t pie" from the movie "The Help" out of my mind.

Nicholas Williams
Community Member
2 months ago

Exactly

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like dog poop!! Eewwww!!!

Billy the kid
Community Member
2 months ago

the french do s**t food. they love their small dogs out there

Pippa Runs
Community Member
2 months ago

Gross!

JD Lee
Community Member
2 months ago

This is what you get when your frazzled fake-smiled server wants to passive aggressively convey “Eat s*it sweetie”.

Rich Cleal
Community Member
2 months ago

And you thought rate my plate was bad

John McIlveen
Community Member
2 months ago

The S**t Sandwich ©

Ann Collingwood
Community Member
2 months ago

Doggy doo on toast....

CARMEN FLORES
Community Member
2 months ago

How could they serve that knowing what it looked like??? I would have had a fit!

Latoya Graham
Community Member
2 months ago

Ha that’s messed up lol

Brenda Johnson
Community Member
2 months ago

Gross!

Bill Wallner
Community Member
2 months ago

As you look at all of these: remember these are franchises and not all franchisees are the same.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks like a s**t sandwich to me

Frogladysharon
Community Member
2 months ago

Yaky!

Quazmodic
Community Member
2 months ago

Lucky I brought my doggy poop bags along.

Lorelei Michael
Community Member
2 months ago

Did someone poop on it like really ihop really?

Daniel Callaway
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG!!!

Carolyn Legg
Community Member
2 months ago

Thught it was a snake!

NWB
Community Member
2 months ago

yeah....ewwww!

BoredDragon
Community Member
2 months ago

U poor soul

Jude Bennett
Community Member
2 months ago

WTF

CrazyPlantLady
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't even want to know what that brown stuff is . . .

Beigewood
Community Member
2 months ago

ha ha lololol OMGGGGGG. This is amazing.

Kim Conroy
Community Member
2 months ago

that's just lazy

Lu
Community Member
2 months ago

Not far off and yet soooo far off

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
2 months ago

with only a little "zig-zag", cream don't seem a s**t, and the time to make it is the same. for me, it was done on purpose for some reason

German Rottweiler#16
Community Member
2 months ago

true

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

YUK!

Logically Reasonable
Community Member
2 months ago

Is this a dogs plate of food? I don't know any other animal on this planet that eats sh*t.

Matthew Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Eww, dogshit!

Magda Kočičková
Community Member
2 months ago

Not only is it misleading-it's downright repulsive..like hatred embodied in the poor serving..

Latka Knows Better
Community Member
2 months ago

Is the chef a cat? Looks like what I leave in my litter box

Silver Frost
Community Member
2 months ago

Ihop always does that 😡

Cupcakezzz
Community Member
2 months ago

It doesn’t even look the same lol

Linda Mountain
Community Member
2 months ago

that's just nasty

BTS WORLD
Community Member
2 months ago

Eww

Stefaan De Clerck
Community Member
3 months ago

There is something good about social media when things like this get exposed. They should really be ashamed to serve food like this.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
3 months ago

what a sh*tty meal.

Asi Bassey
Community Member
3 months ago

I know what this is, it’s a special called Turd on Toast.

Pavlina G
Community Member
3 months ago

Are you sure that's chocolate?

Demi Falsetta
Community Member
3 months ago

My dog would want to eat that. He eats poo.

Tea4Turtles
Community Member
3 months ago

How is that even close? The first one shows cookies and cream. The second one literally looks like sh!t.

Denki/Shinkami
Community Member
3 months ago

Dude that looks like dog poop

Denki/Shinkami
Community Member
2 months ago

I didnt say anything bad tho

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Stille20
Community Member
3 months ago

I never send food back... I would send that back.

Kolina E.
Community Member
3 months ago

YUCK!

Night Owl
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks crappy/shitty

justagirl
Community Member
3 months ago

What a sh*tty design!

CatWoman312
Community Member
3 months ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

To be fair did you really expect the top picture at an ihop?

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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)
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

its a taco which shows you its future

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#13

Dreams Were Dashed At The Airport

Dreams Were Dashed At The Airport

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
3 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
3 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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3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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)
Community Member
3 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
3 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
Community Member
3 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
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 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
Community Member
3 months ago

Well... what a bugger.

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