Let me tell you, when your mashed potato gets served in a glass vase or your soup is poured in a stiletto, you’re at a crossroads. One one hand, you can call the absurdity out, complain to your waiter but don’t expect much. After all, if that restaurant is guilty of anything, then it’s trying hard to impress you. Another option is to ignore the serving and enjoy its content, but that would end in a strong longing for simple life where plates are a thing.

However, such try-hard food servings seem to be everywhere and it’s become impossible to ignore them. And the internet’s beloved project “We Want Plates” is a safe space to talk about hard things, aka the plate drought in restaurants.

According to their website, it’s “the global crusade against serving food on bits of wood and roof slates, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars.” It’s also home to an impressive collection of some of the craziest, most wondrous, and ‘what is dat thing?’-kinda food servings people encountered.

Psst! More pics of, let’s be honest, barely edible craziness can be found in our previous posts with “We Want Plates” here, here and here.

More info: wewantplates.com | Reddit | Facebook | Instagram |Twitter

#1

Beautifully Plated, But Not A Plate, Not Even Over A Plate

Beautifully Plated, But Not A Plate, Not Even Over A Plate

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#2

Got Sandy Feet As A Dessert

Got Sandy Feet As A Dessert

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#3

Caesar Salad Or Charlie Brown Christmas Tree?

Caesar Salad Or Charlie Brown Christmas Tree?

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Tiny wedge of salad for $18. Absolutely ridiculous.

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Getting your soup served in a stiletto is bonkers, no doubt about that. But have you noticed that those super fancy, very detailed, often bizarre food servings come from luxurious restaurants? I mean let’s be honest, your local Chinese takeaway couldn’t care less about putting that sweet & sour curry in anything other than a plastic container. Do you complain about them not being elaborate enough? Well, probably not. So why, then, is it so frustrating when restaurants are genuinely trying to stand out and make us impressed? Now this is some food for thought.

#4

First Patio Since Covid And This Is What I Get. I Told The Owner I Was Going To Post On This Sub And He Said He Would Bring Me The Sandwich On A Plate Next Time If This Post Blows Up

First Patio Since Covid And This Is What I Get. I Told The Owner I Was Going To Post On This Sub And He Said He Would Bring Me The Sandwich On A Plate Next Time If This Post Blows Up

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#5

Chocolate "Horse Turd" Truffles On A Manure Fork. Just No

Chocolate "Horse Turd" Truffles On A Manure Fork. Just No

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This establishment is next to a race track - Waste not want not! (please want not!)

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#6

Can You Spot My Lamb Chop?

Can You Spot My Lamb Chop?

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Here we see a lamb in its natural environment (with David Attenborough's voice)

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Fancy restaurants are also notorious for serving small portions. A walnut-sized piece of cod, anyone?! But if we take a closer look at this common phenomenon, we may find some solid reasons why restaurants do that. First, it’s the pricing of the ingredients. The more high-priced ingredients they use for the dish, the more expensive the dish will be. Moreover, small portions can reduce costs for purchasing ingredients. As a result, less money gets wasted, adding to a higher profit margin for a restaurant.

#7

Blood Pancakes In A Mask..

Blood Pancakes In A Mask..

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#8

Whats Up With All Of This Food On Your Hand Trend?

Whats Up With All Of This Food On Your Hand Trend?

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Rhea.S🤍
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No..no..you can't always be sure your hands are 100% clean just use a plate..plus sticky fingers 😣

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#9

My Cocktail Came In A Box

My Cocktail Came In A Box

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The second reason is that eating at a fancy restaurant is about savoring every bite. Food served in smaller portions will help you relish and savor every bite. This is part of the experience and so it’s defo not for the hangover-induced munchies.

Moreover, smaller portion sizes are said to lead to a better customer experience. Because the truth is, by the time you sit down and finish your substantial meal, you really don’t get the full dining experience. A large portion does a great job at filling up your stomach, but fine dining is not just about that. It’s giving those taste buds a well-deserved workout and it’s all about being in the moment.

#10

Our Corn Chips Came In A Rusty Bucket

Our Corn Chips Came In A Rusty Bucket

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#11

So I Went To Alinea This Weekend

So I Went To Alinea This Weekend

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KJ
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Did the waiter / waitress trip coming to the table?

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#13

Friend's Mother Went To A Restaurant And Got A Glass Of Pasta! Upside Down!

Friend's Mother Went To A Restaurant And Got A Glass Of Pasta! Upside Down!

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#14

Nachos On A Rusty Bin Lid

Nachos On A Rusty Bin Lid

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Mazer
Community Member
1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ohhh dinner with a side of tetanus

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#15

Especially In This Times, Don't Want To Eat From One Table With Like 10 Other People

Especially In This Times, Don't Want To Eat From One Table With Like 10 Other People

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#17

Gravy In A Urinal

Gravy In A Urinal

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is not a restaurant. This is someone’s house, and I’m betting this was some sort of family joke.

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#18

Uhm.. How Do I Drink It..?

Uhm.. How Do I Drink It..?

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KJ
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Put your mouth at the edge of the table and hope some of it runs in your direction.

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#19

Please Take A Charcuterie And Have A Seat

Please Take A Charcuterie And Have A Seat

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#20

Can You Spot Our Appetizers?

Can You Spot Our Appetizers?

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#21

A Friend Ordered Tiramisu In Scotland. Why Sugar The Lid?

A Friend Ordered Tiramisu In Scotland. Why Sugar The Lid?

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#22

I Just Thought You Guys Were No Fun, But I Get It Now….

I Just Thought You Guys Were No Fun, But I Get It Now….

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Mad Dragon
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It looks like they fished breakfast out of a trash can.

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#23

The Sauce Was Dripping From The Holes

The Sauce Was Dripping From The Holes

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TahJia Williams
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

because you're taking to long to eat it. once you receive it, you're suppose to shove it in your mouth hole and breathe in real fast to swallow.. psh nuubs

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#24

At A 2 Michelin Starred Restaurant

At A 2 Michelin Starred Restaurant

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Peter H
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Dilbert cartoon would totally put me off that … green mossy stuff on a rusty trowel.

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#25

Served In An Ashtray

Served In An Ashtray

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Vicky Zar
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well.... if you think just about the material and not what you associate this particular shape with... than it is quite all right. You can wash and even sanitize it. Better than other things on this list

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#26

Saw This On Instagram And It Sent Me Into A Fit Of Rage

Saw This On Instagram And It Sent Me Into A Fit Of Rage

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think the fit of rage, was over them not being able to have any. 😏

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#27

The Churro Shoe

The Churro Shoe

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#28

Venison Cubes On A Deer Antler (Was Actually Incredible)

Venison Cubes On A Deer Antler (Was Actually Incredible)

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Mazer
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hope that antler was sterilized after each use

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#29

Syrup Kept Spilling Over

Syrup Kept Spilling Over

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You remove everything and chase with the board whoever is responsible for this monstrosity

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#30

Please Feed Me Too

Please Feed Me Too

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#31

Would Have Been Better If The Wheels Worked On The Truck

Would Have Been Better If The Wheels Worked On The Truck

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Bexxxxx
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wasn’t mad about this one until I heard the wheels didn’t even work :/

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#32

Plates Shouldn’t Fall Over When You Stab Them With A Fork

Plates Shouldn’t Fall Over When You Stab Them With A Fork

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And suddenly you feel like a 3 year old that can't eat without making a mess

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#33

Served On A Moose Antler

Served On A Moose Antler

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pigasus1
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No way you can properly sanitize that antler between uses. Would be illegal in most countries.

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#34

Yes, I Would Like Your "Mini Corn Dogs On A Ceramic Decorative Pillow" Please

Yes, I Would Like Your "Mini Corn Dogs On A Ceramic Decorative Pillow" Please

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#35

My Beef Guinness "Pie"

My Beef Guinness "Pie"

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Shepherds pie in a glass. I'm more upset by the whole baby octopus on plate behind it.

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#36

I Didn’t Get A Plate But At Least My Steak Will Be Vaccinated

I Didn’t Get A Plate But At Least My Steak Will Be Vaccinated

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#37

How... How Am I Supposed To Eat This? Is This A Challenge?

How... How Am I Supposed To Eat This? Is This A Challenge?

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#38

Found This Sub And Was Reminded Of How We Were Served A Pork Sandwich In Spain

Found This Sub And Was Reminded Of How We Were Served A Pork Sandwich In Spain

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#39

Apple Crumble In A Jam Jar With Powdered Sugar On The Lid So When You Open It You Get Covered In Sugar

Apple Crumble In A Jam Jar With Powdered Sugar On The Lid So When You Open It You Get Covered In Sugar

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's so you don't see the crap inside - odds are if you can open the damn jar you gonna wear it!

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#40

I Mean Come On Now...

I Mean Come On Now...

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JuJu
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For the Super Bowl Sunday, I wouldn't mind

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#41

They Ruined Poutine

They Ruined Poutine

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Bexxxxx
Community Member
1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a Canadian I’m so offended. (how is the gravy supposed to melt the curds if they all just sit there going cold?) Poutine is literally MADE within the first 60 seconds out of the fryer, if you miss that window you’ve messed up.

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#42

Food Served In Shoe Boxes. Friend Sent Me His Experience

Food Served In Shoe Boxes. Friend Sent Me His Experience

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄(at this point I'm out of words)

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#43

Pasta Flight, Ended Up Everywhere

Pasta Flight, Ended Up Everywhere

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sky rockets in flight pasta in flight -catch me if you can!

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#44

Pasta, Sauce, Bread. In A Wire Cone

Pasta, Sauce, Bread. In A Wire Cone

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Debbie Barnes
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How could any chef serve this? What the hell was they smoking? Ha ha...

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#45

My Cocktail Was Caged Because What If It Flies Away

My Cocktail Was Caged Because What If It Flies Away

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#46

Cocktail Bathtub Complete With Rubber Ducky

Cocktail Bathtub Complete With Rubber Ducky

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JuJu
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Urgh...I know what's inside used rubber duckies

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#47

Ribs On A Picnic Table

Ribs On A Picnic Table

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please put ribs on a plate - ants you know and my fat ass ain't gonna fit on that table!

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#48

Ordered A Cocktail Got A Science Experiment Instead

Ordered A Cocktail Got A Science Experiment Instead

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#49

Baked Potato So Fresh It Left The Soil A Second Ago And Served Immediately

Baked Potato So Fresh It Left The Soil A Second Ago And Served Immediately

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Brian Bennett
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Bake in a dirt oven and shoveled up just for you -eat hardy!

#50

Here's A Kneeslapper

Here's A Kneeslapper

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#51

I Know There’s A Plate.. Symbolically

I Know There’s A Plate.. Symbolically

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are bored to wash the dishes?? What the hell with this plastic?? We are doomed honestly

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#52

Make Sure You Only Eat What’s Edible

Make Sure You Only Eat What’s Edible

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#53

I Did Not Mind The Lack Of Plates With Delicius Croquettes

I Did Not Mind The Lack Of Plates With Delicius Croquettes

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Vicky Z
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

For entitled customers the fingers are arranged differently

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#54

These Bloody Mary Bars Are Getting Out Of Control...

These Bloody Mary Bars Are Getting Out Of Control...

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Beta
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah I mean honestly who eats a burger that small? It’s weird

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#56

England’s Pubs Are Allowed To Serve Food Again Which Means One Thing: Return Of The Log Slice

England’s Pubs Are Allowed To Serve Food Again Which Means One Thing: Return Of The Log Slice

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#57

Alfredo In Garlic Bread

Alfredo In Garlic Bread

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Monday
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I want this disgusting mess. Please get in my belly.

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#58

Of All Things, They Used A Cone

Of All Things, They Used A Cone

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#59

The Chip To Dip Ratio Was Also Off

The Chip To Dip Ratio Was Also Off

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