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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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

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

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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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4 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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4 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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Aski Markup
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4 months ago

No way!

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#5

This Is So Outrageous

This Is So Outrageous

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
4 months ago

At least you will get less drunk that way.

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#6

Subway Pizza

Subway Pizza

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Rose the Cook
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4 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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4 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
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4 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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COcO BAMa
Community Member
4 months ago

this alot of pig cause who ever made this is a pig

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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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COcO BAMa
Community Member
4 months ago

they didnt put the heart they dont love you

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#11

A Texas Sized Disappointment

A Texas Sized Disappointment

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Pretty much all the takeaway joints are guilty of doing this.

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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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postboredom
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4 months ago

Its a mud-taco

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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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4 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
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4 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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4 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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4 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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Natalie Bohrteller
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4 months ago

I'd just not eat or pay for that. That's simply fraud.

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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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4 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
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4 months ago

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

Sent From The Slytherin House
Community Member
4 months ago

I literally cannot stop laughing...

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Sardonic Scribe
Community Member
4 months ago

Ever since Timmy's was bought out (and is no longer Canadian) their food & coffee has gotten worse and worse. I wish they'd go the way of the Dodo.

LOttawa
Community Member
4 months ago

Absolutely agree. I've stopped going a while ago. Can't stand their coffee anymore, their breakfast sausage biscuit is missing a spice it used to have (just taste like nothing now) etc etc

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 months ago

They had one job, put froot loops on the donut hole. But nooooo.

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

Instead, they put fruit looP on the donut hole

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Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
4 months ago

I think this is what the British call a "piss-take" on the customer's part- set up?

Pungent Sauce
Community Member
4 months ago

Tim’s is a sad shadow of its former self. Even Dunkin is better these days.

Purezz
Community Member
4 months ago

2 of them don't even have Froot Loops on them!

Hazel Gray
Community Member
4 months ago

There's like--one Froot Loop on the doughnut hole

Jeff Requier
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

The ones Ive had in Alberta werent this shitty and we get ours all the way from Ontario

SisterSophie
Community Member
4 months ago

sad timbits :(

Amber Phillips
Community Member
3 months ago

fruit LOOP

La La Lynch
Community Member
4 months ago

Shame on you Tim Hortons! That's just pathetic. What, were they out of Foot Loops?

mikedtw
Community Member
4 months ago

I've always avoided Tim Horton's and will continue to do so.

Nicholas Williams
Community Member
4 months ago

HAAHHAHAHAHAHAhAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Billy the kid
Community Member
4 months ago

Naw sorry this cant be real. i think this is a sabotage from a rival chain

Flavia Slag
Community Member
4 months ago

Sad

Luuta
Community Member
4 months ago

They did say it was just a dream

Dale Overturf
Community Member
4 months ago

You’ve got to be kidding me!

Lorelei Michael
Community Member
4 months ago

Hey at least yous has a froot loop

CHARLOTTE THAXTON
Community Member
4 months ago

oh my lord. one.

Sylas Lockwood
Community Member
4 months ago

that is not even a doughnut its a doughnut hole

Storm Anne
Community Member
4 months ago

WHAT THE F'ING HELL

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
4 months ago

Forgot the packet of coloured loops I imagine and how to put some on a round donut would be a challenge.. the icing never materialised to help! How can people actually sell food like all these and get away with it?

Queen fhk
Community Member
4 months ago

It's ain't fair

Layla Corman
Community Member
4 months ago

I've had these, many times and they are excellent! Mine have usually been covered in Fruit Loops crumbs.

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

The other two are Homeopathic.

PPPanda
Community Member
4 months ago

That’s a Pinterest fail

Nate Hull
Community Member
4 months ago

The creators: Can't be bothered.

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
4 months ago

-_- bruh -_-

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
4 months ago

They tried?

Louchebert
Community Member
4 months ago

Something something... giant rabbit... something something...

Bubbs Art
Community Member
4 months ago

Not even a donut.. 😂

JessG
Community Member
4 months ago

No, it’s a donut hole

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Tabitha L
Community Member
4 months ago

This one is funny.

Janet Bird
Community Member
4 months ago

Who is supposed to be eating this rubbish anyways? 'Our' children. We should be ashamed of ourselves... :'(

COcO BAMa
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4 months ago

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DIE!!!

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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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4 months ago

eww

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#21

Thanks KFC, Totally What I Expected

Thanks KFC, Totally What I Expected

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BusLady
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4 months ago

The Colonel is spinning in his grave.

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#22

Fungi Toastie From Subway

Fungi Toastie From Subway

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Lyra Fortune
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4 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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4 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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4 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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Anne
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4 months ago

you ordered a beef... you got a chicken sandwich?

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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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4 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)
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4 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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Rose the Cook
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4 months ago

I wouldn't ask a dog to eat that.

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#29

When Reality Doesn’t Meet Expectations

When Reality Doesn’t Meet Expectations

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BusLady
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4 months ago

The caption misspelled Meat.

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#30

The Pico De Gallo Burger At Whataburger

The Pico De Gallo Burger At Whataburger

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BusLady
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4 months ago

That is just nasty.

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