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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1 month 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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1 month 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
1 month ago

Is the cheese colour natural?

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 month ago

The US dye the cheese using annatto, which is made from the seeds of an achiote tree. So yes it is natural but the cheese isn’t naturally orange.

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Stephen Lyford
Community Member
1 month ago

These are actually IKEA cheese fries, some assembly required.

Ms.M.
Community Member
1 month ago

Seriously? This has to be a joke.

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow - whoever made the actual result was so lazy.

Zophra
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just hurtful...

Cactuar Jon
Community Member
1 month ago

so, uh... do it yourself, then, eh?

Anne
Community Member
1 month ago

Did you ask for cheese separate? Because that's what this looks like..

Sarina Greenhaven
Community Member
1 month ago

What the frick is this?? How rude!

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 month ago

It's the self assembly IKEA version.

Midget
Community Member
1 month ago

-w- looks like some crappy chucky-cheese food.

Jayda Estrella
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Didn’t Even TRY to at least Melt the f*****g cheese

Sylas Lockwood
Community Member
4 weeks ago (edited)

that is like the burger with cheese on the side all over again

im normal
Community Member
1 month ago

yeah u dip ur fries in the still solid cheese

Levi
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s DIY

OrangeChicken
Community Member
1 month ago

That looks like some sort of sick joke

Laila Hernandez
Community Member
1 month ago

hmm, REALLY?!?

Stille20
Community Member
1 month ago

seriously?

Infinite Dragon
Community Member
1 month ago

This actually made me laugh

Josephina Minutolo
Community Member
1 month ago

stop... no way..

MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
1 month ago

Are you kidding me?

Janet Bird
Community Member
1 month ago

:O

Jacey Lynn
Community Member
1 week ago

Lol

The Coated Dev
Community Member
1 week ago

rlly? that's what they actually served you? No way

Bradly Briggs
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Looks like plastic cheese

Bethany Schaefer
Community Member
2 weeks ago

I’d just make my own

CincyReds
Community Member
2 weeks ago

What the hell....

Jenny Li
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That looks really sad

Kathy Brown
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That is laughable.

Mumof1
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Processsed cheese is crap anyway..

Dave Emilio
Community Member
3 weeks ago

No

Carole Strawn
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That is a DIY kit. What were they thinking.

VINCENT TACOS
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Are they expecting you to heat it yourself..

mikedtw
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This is SO bad its funny. I bet those fries arrived cold too.

Bunny
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Seriously? Wow, I hope someone went this one back! Lol.

Meami
Community Member
3 weeks ago

That's not "cheese", it's "cheez"!

Madeline Rose
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Dum dums they are supposed to melt the cheese on the fries. DUHHHHHHHH!!!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
3 weeks ago

What the hell!?!?!?

Kathy Stern
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Oh that's just wrong!

Billy the kid
Community Member
3 weeks ago (edited)

crapdonald chips. DIY put your own cheese on it as there is a virus

Vicki Perizzolo
Community Member
3 weeks ago

another reason I don't eat there

JD Lee
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Eeewwww David!

Zakiya Grant
Community Member
3 weeks ago

NO! Just no!

Donna Gettings Apperson
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This can't possibly be real. I have had BWW's cheese fries and they looked more like the stock photo on top.

Dawn K
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I don't believe this one.

Flavia Slag
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Do it yourself fries.

Luuta
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Even the fries rejected the radioactive plastic

Laura Jones
Community Member
3 weeks ago

what is it? a diy takeaway

Christel Nellemann
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Either way, it is crap food, that harms your body.

Latoya Graham
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Come on now

Frogladysharon
Community Member
3 weeks ago

WOW ballsy!!

Lorelei Michael
Community Member
3 weeks ago

I expected more from you buffalo wild wings. Lol ( mumbles in background from other people, dispointment, what a faliure, i can just go to mcdonalds)

Daniel Callaway
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This is NOT the way you get Cheese fries from Buffalo Wild Wings!!! Sorry fake news!!!

Patricia Peel
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Worst one yet & I'm not at the end.

Mare Freed
Community Member
3 weeks ago

What? No!

CHARLOTTE THAXTON
Community Member
4 weeks ago

HAHAHAHHAHAHAAH the're like "YOU DO THE WOrK" HHAHHAAHHAHA

Gogubaci
Community Member
4 weeks ago

this can be called chips and f**k it

Jude Bennett
Community Member
4 weeks ago

That is hilarious it is so bad.

Otto Nilo
Community Member
4 weeks ago

The real food is killing my appetite

CrazyPlantLady
Community Member
4 weeks ago

They didn't even try to melt the cheese. Didn't even TRY.

Beigewood
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Nooooooo!!!!!!!!!

Andy Li
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Self serve.

Melissa Powell
Community Member
4 weeks ago

I don't think either form of this dish would be good for you.

jenjie.newt
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Fyrefest edition?

Toni
Community Member
4 weeks ago

no this is fyre festival food

German Rottweiler#16
Community Member
4 weeks ago

WHAT I S THAT. you say cheese fries, and the cheese isn't even on the ffries!!

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Lazy? Is the cheese meant to be real grated not a plastic slice?

WildBerry
Community Member
4 weeks ago

When I google Buffalo Wild Wings' menu, they don't show cheese fries listed, let alone a picture of them. OP is full of it.

Sue Knerl
Community Member
4 weeks ago

That's not even real cheese. Most likely cheese food.

Sawdust
Community Member
4 weeks ago

They missed.

Queen fhk
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Woah

Riween
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Bruh- they gonna make it ir make US make it?

Mike Kozubski
Community Member
1 month ago

That's not cheese, that's a slice and those have no cheese in them

Cupcakezzz
Community Member
1 month ago

SLAP THE CHEESE ON THE FRIES!

Leonel Roque
Community Member
1 month ago

I remember at one pint they wanted to call in frankencheese but they settled on processed cheese! Haha

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
1 month ago

Looks more like a DIY kit to me.

Lauren Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone melted a traffic cone in the 1st one

Hafida
Community Member
1 month ago

How can people even call that yellow plastic cheese.

Nate Hull
Community Member
1 month ago

Just put the cheese in a bowl and put it in the microwave in the kitchen. Nothing wrong with that plan! :D

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
1 month ago

I have to wonder if anyone is truly stupid enough to accept and pay for this crap when it is so blatantly mis-represented and likely overpriced for what you actually get.

Melvin Dragvelk
Community Member
1 month ago

Pure fabricated BS.

Jay Loren
Community Member
1 month ago

This is fake

Gigi
Community Member
1 month ago

I don't believe this one. They use soft nacho cheese from a pump.

Pasion Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

lies! im sure they did this at home! lmao

jasper
Community Member
1 month ago

not buying it.

Nadine Bamberger
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Let me take a wild guess and say the fries were ice cold. When DIY goes wrong.

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

That’s just insulting

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

I’m sorry but no way. I’m just not sure if I believe this one.

Tenley Samson
Community Member
1 month ago

hUH

pansexualandproud
Community Member
1 month ago

Wut???

kate h
Community Member
1 month ago

That's inexcusable. Most places buy those huge #10 cans of cheese sauce. Yeah, it's still mostly fake cheese, but at least it delivers what the photo promises.

Bee Jairrels
Community Member
1 month ago

Amazing

Louchebert
Community Member
1 month ago

This is actually soooo bad that it's funny (at first and one starts crying soon after).

Jasmine Donald
Community Member
1 month ago

The cheese isn't even melted!

Bubbs Art
Community Member
1 month ago

They’re technically right...

JessG
Community Member
1 month ago

...but this is actually “fries, cheese”

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Ray Ceeya (RayCeeYa)
Community Member
1 month ago

Well it's technically true if you consider American cheese to be cheese.

Molly Block
Community Member
1 month ago

No. Come on. I don't believe this one. I think someone went home and created this as a smear campaign against the restaurant. NO restaurant would EVER let a thing like this leave their kitchen, especially as a take-out.

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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
1 month 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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1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
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1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

Looks dried out.

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#15

Expectation vs. 2020

Expectation vs. 2020

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BusLady
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1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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Hope Floats
Community Member
1 month ago

These companies really shouldn't be allowed to get away with this...

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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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1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month 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
1 month 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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1 month ago

Well... what a bugger.

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