What’s important is the quality of the food, not what it’s served on. Right? Wrong! Sometimes, when you’re at a fancy restaurant, waiters serve your meal on such weird things and in such strange food containers that you pay more attention to them than your dinner. Those are the times that it’s acceptable to bombard your friends with pictures of your food, instead of eating it.

There’s a whole community of regular people and dedicated foodies who have banded together to form the online group ‘We Want Plates.’ Their mission is all in their name — they want restaurants serving food on actual plates, not on “bits of wood and roof tiles, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars.” This is an internet community that loathes hipster things and trends, and “crusades” for the right to have their food brought to them on plates, as Mother Nature intended.

Keep scrolling and let us know in the comments what bad designs of food serving you found to be the most amusing. Let us know if you’ve seen something even weirder! Remember to upvote the worst food serving designs and ideas and share them with your friends. And after you’re done, have a look at Bored Panda’s other lists about restaurants that have gone too far with food serving and trying to impress customers too hard. Some of these eateries are beyond saving, don’t you think?

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

#1

Self-Aware Absurdity? Apple Pastry Desert Served On An Image Of A Plate.... On An iPad

Self-Aware Absurdity? Apple Pastry Desert Served On An Image Of A Plate.... On An iPad

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Chancey
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2 years ago

This is ridiculous!!!

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#2

A Meringue Served On A Magnetically Levitated Pillow

A Meringue Served On A Magnetically Levitated Pillow

It took over 5 minutes for them to get the pillow to hover. I nearly fell asleep.

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hispanic! at the disco
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2 years ago

I mean that looks cool.

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Bored Panda reached out to Ross McGinnes, the founder of the ‘We Want Plates’ community: “I started the campaign in 2015 after a friend posted a picture of an average-sized steak on Facebook, which had been served to him on a large chopping board. It was captioned, unironically, "That is a big meal!" It wasn't a big meal — he'd fallen for all this style-over-content hipster gastropub nonsense. I searched Twitter for an account which would allow me to vent my spleen with like-minded people, but found nothing. We Want Plates was born. Four years later we have over 150,000 followers on Twitter, and three quarters of a million across all social media platforms.”

McGinnes noted that some restaurants put food on strange things, because they want to try to stand out from the crowd. “My local pub used to do a great Sunday roast: twelve quid, piled high, tasted great and yes, it came on a plate. One weekend they added a quirky offering to the menu: little sandwiches, pies, dainty cakes and mini milkshakes served on a miniature picnic bench. The benches, painted bright pink and yellow, sat on top of tables seating actual grown adults. And what was the first thing these infantilized diners did? It wasn’t try the food — it was whip out their phones and take a picture.”

#3

My Bread Served Inside Roadkill

My Bread Served Inside Roadkill

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
2 years ago

that would immediately kill my appetite

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#4

Cheese Foam That Is Spooned Onto The Back Of Your Hand By The Waiter And Then You Have To Lick It Off

Cheese Foam That Is Spooned Onto The Back Of Your Hand By The Waiter And Then You Have To Lick It Off

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay what the heck?

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“Over the following months the picnic benches became increasingly popular, coinciding with the specials board becoming progressively smaller, before it eventually disappeared altogether. I sat there one Sunday, watching bench after garish bench emerge from the kitchen like a technicolor carnival of idiocy, before my usual roast arrived. The meat was cold and the potatoes were burnt. It was once their main Sunday trade, but the traditional roast had died an unpalatable death. But that’s OK because they were doing a roaring trade with the benches, right?  Sure, until the pub down the road started doing them too. Then the one around the corner. Before you know it, everyone’s doing the same ‘quirky’ thing, except it’s not ‘quirky’ any more because you can’t move for mini picnic benches and now all their roast dinners are rubbish to boot.”

The creator of ‘We Want Plates’ listed how there are plenty of examples of food served on bizarre things, such as beef Wellington on barbed wire, tempura in a shoe, sandwiches in a phone box, and a chutney cupboard. “The worst I've encountered personally was when I was served a piece of cake on a table tennis bat in Barcelona around 2008. It still gives me sleepless nights.”

#5

So These Motherf**** Actually Gave Me A Plate... Upside Down

So These Motherf**** Actually Gave Me A Plate... Upside Down

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Queen_Nkotanyi
Community Member
2 years ago

how much did you pay for this??

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#6

"I Put Fries In An Enclosed Bowl So They Steam And Get Soggy" - Some Prick Cook

"I Put Fries In An Enclosed Bowl So They Steam And Get Soggy" - Some Prick Cook

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Koalamonster
Community Member
2 years ago

So you shove it all in there and don't give them a plate so they can actually eat it? Just... that's just annoying. At least with some of the other nonsense you don't have to excavate layers of food.

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The ‘We Want Plates’ community is very popular in the internet realm. Nearly 95,000 people follow the group on Facebook, another 20,000 on Instagram, and almost 156,000 on Twitter; while the plate-lovers’ subreddit has more than 509,000 members.

Lesley Lassiter from the Nashville Scene wonders whether the only reason restaurants put so much effort in presenting food is that the owners want to get popular online and get more customers. Naturally, this backfires more often than not because the presentation is impractical and just plain bizarre. There’s also the added question of money: do restaurants jack up their prices just because they spent an inordinate amount of cash on random things for serving food on?

The next time you’re out for dinner with your friends at your local artsy restaurant, watch their reactions when everything leaves the kitchen served on twigs, logs, and leaves. If your friends’ eyes light up and they start posting photos online, they might just be a ‘We Want Plates’ enthusiast.

#7

Saw This On Twitter

Saw This On Twitter

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Neon Petra
Community Member
2 years ago

That's not how you use a urinal.

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#8

I Guess I'm Not Supposed To Eat My Soup?

I Guess I'm Not Supposed To Eat My Soup?

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Foxxy
Community Member
2 years ago

Drink it instead.

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#9

My Boyfriend Was Just Served A Bloody Mary In A Fry Basket

My Boyfriend Was Just Served A Bloody Mary In A Fry Basket

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Neon Petra
Community Member
2 years ago

That looks really, really unappetising. In a fry basket would look cool, but guys... it's a liquid. Let it stay in a glass.

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#10

Ravioli On A Clothesline, As You Do

Ravioli On A Clothesline, As You Do

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Vanessa
Community Member
2 years ago

ok this made me laugh a little :D

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#11

Curry On A Chopping Board

Curry On A Chopping Board

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
2 years ago

It would have made better sense to have the rice on the board and curry in the bowl

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#12

It Has A Plate... But Still

It Has A Plate... But Still

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
2 years ago

Hope that meat did not come from an actual rat

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#13

This Dessert Trend Needs To Stop

This Dessert Trend Needs To Stop

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nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

I can't even begin to think how to consume those without making a mess

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#14

Why?????

Why?????

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nanashi
Community Member
2 years ago

sunbathing with the (unborn) kids

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#15

This Is The Most Awful Thing Ever. Broccoli Impaled On A Metal... Thing?

This Is The Most Awful Thing Ever. Broccoli Impaled On A Metal... Thing?

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Lenka Fedor
Community Member
2 years ago

I think it supposed to be a tree. Like from the Lord of the rings. :) :) :)

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#16

Self Cleaning Bowl

Self Cleaning Bowl

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Ugh this makes me feel gross just looking at it.

Amina Hays
Community Member
2 years ago

I once read about an experiment where a brand new toilet was filled with mineral water and people were asked to drink from it. Even though the toilet was brand new and they'd kept it in its packaging until it was time to fill it with water and it wasn't plumbed into anything, more than half the people still wouldn't drink from it. And that was just water, this one is a completely different barrel of cats!

earringnut
Community Member
2 years ago

I love boredpanda. I learn so many awesome turns of phrase. No I need to figure out how to shoehorn "different barrel of cats" into a conversation.

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Himanshu Raj
Community Member
2 years ago

What the hell is wrong with these restaurants?

Ms Phit
Community Member
2 years ago

Many many things

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Jesper Rasmussen
Community Member
2 years ago

Just no ...

Chancey
Community Member
2 years ago

NOPE!!!!

wandile dludlu
Community Member
2 years ago

I would ask for a plate, and if they refuse, i'd leave.

Ctrl Alt Mel
Community Member
2 years ago

I reckon anyone that intentionally attended ygis restaurant kind of alreadt knew that this was a thing otherwise they would probably leave after seeing this atrocity being served to others during their time there lol

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miaow
Community Member
2 years ago

I think I'm gonna be sick and I have emetophobia... Idk how humans find eating off a toilet as fun/enjoyable. Life is reversing to the stone age as we speak! In some kind of weird way.

Nancy Jeckells
Community Member
2 years ago

just stupid

Craptavaganza
Community Member
2 years ago

Gross.

Michelle Line
Community Member
2 years ago

No! Just no!

Suzy Sunshine
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

There is a toilet themed restaurant chain in Hongkong and Taiwan. A restaurant CHAIN!

Carena Maletta
Community Member
2 years ago

I could deal with the impaled broccoli...WT actual F is this toilet sh*t??

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

Ew.

Zenozenobee
Community Member
2 years ago

It should be way highter in the ranking. Nothing is less appetzing than that... and the urinal of course

Ed Souza
Community Member
2 years ago

wow... I would have left the place. I don't care how chill it is, how "fun" it's supposed to be. I don't give a shit. get me out.

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
2 years ago

Beyond stupid

Laura Zaini
Community Member
2 years ago

ma daiiiiii

Daria Z
Community Member
2 years ago

Ugh.. NO!

Karina Andersen
Community Member
2 years ago

ewww

Molly Fulghum Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

This is just messed up🤢

Mark Kelly
Community Member
2 years ago

...and it's Asians

Anh Aline Vuo
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

Makes me want to puke. (And they'd probably serve that vomit to the next customers)

TheCutestDeer
Community Member
2 years ago

Would totally eat from that! So cool~~

Angeline Gresso
Community Member
2 years ago

At least they were nice enough to bring you something to throw up in

SomebodyNobody
Community Member
2 years ago

NO.

Sandra Mason
Community Member
2 years ago

nope.

Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

I wonder how far I could throw that

Nicky OldfieldDesciple
Community Member
2 years ago

NOPE NOPE a million times NOPE.

Robert Greisberg
Community Member
2 years ago

You can use it to vomit afterwards.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Just ludicrous !!!

Louise Brigance
Community Member
2 years ago

At which point I would have gotten up walk quickly to the nearest exit and try to make the gutter before my appetizer hits the cement.

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh ffs.

Monica Siciliano
Community Member
2 years ago

Come on!!!

Brenda Pereira
Community Member
2 years ago

I would have just told the wait person to turn around and head back to the kitchen with it and take it off my ticket!

Vickie Browning
Community Member
2 years ago

movin' on...

Lyra Sis
Community Member
2 years ago

They wouldn't have gotten my money smh

Sophia Trinh
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually there’s a restaurant in Taiwan that actually serves food in a toilet bowl and the seats look like bathtubs... So yeah.

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
2 years ago

Is this an illustration of how their food tastes?

Tara Trainor
Community Member
2 years ago

Seriously, I would throw up.

Sally Hudd
Community Member
2 years ago

Are people stupid enough to put up with this crap?

Rihard Knafelj
Community Member
2 years ago

That's disgusting! Period.

Michele Clarke
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG WHY!!!!!!????

Jaqi Vickers
Community Member
2 years ago

Nasty !

Lisa Georgette
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm going to throw up!

Viv Hart
Community Member
2 years ago

Gross!!!

D.J. Thorb
Community Member
2 years ago

this is totally sick ..... fill it with beef stew .... yea. or Mountain Dew and Oh Henry bars.

Garth Robinson
Community Member
2 years ago

What a load of........... S??T

Flavia Slag
Community Member
2 years ago

There is no way...

Joyce Brazel
Community Member
2 years ago

NOT A GOOD IDEA AT ALL

Jonny Chevalier
Community Member
2 years ago

Point being?

Chris Sprucefield
Community Member
2 years ago

This would be the time i chew them up, and cuss them out for their s4!t attempt...

Brenda Owens
Community Member
2 years ago

That’s just disgusting.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
2 years ago

Nope, this kind of shit shouldn’t be going on in restaurants, pun intended

Rose Duemig
Community Member
2 years ago

the fact that they ate out of it as well.... gross

Georges Piriou
Community Member
2 years ago

Never in life!

Ashley Wright
Community Member
2 years ago

How repulsive.

egracec
Community Member
2 years ago

Hell no.

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 years ago

No way. . . who do those hands belong to ???? Sickos - all 4 of them!

Cristina Sacchi
Community Member
2 years ago

OMG WTF?

theresa menendez
Community Member
2 years ago

Just WRONG, you DO NOT serve anything in a toilet! Especially FOOD!!!

Joseph Brzezinski
Community Member
2 years ago

This is just disgusting...

Elena Hughes
Community Member
2 years ago

🤢 yuck!!!

Laura Johnston
Community Member
2 years ago

Nope. Just NO!

Elly Clifton
Community Member
2 years ago

Where do you eat??

Christine Cameron-Dow
Community Member
2 years ago

I suppose this is the same place with the urinal-shaped bowls.

nikki ty
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm speechless!

Florence Hastings
Community Member
2 years ago

Super discusting.

Charlotte Stewart
Community Member
2 years ago

Ew ew ew ew ew!

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
2 years ago

I'll never be THAT hungry.

JayJay De Jesus
Community Member
2 years ago

Ugh!!! Just the mere sight of it. I’m not having it. My share is all yours. Be my guest.

Sandra Ferri
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm going to throw up

Tim Evans
Community Member
2 years ago

Well that's handy you can puke it right back up. The first bite is with the eyes! Don't draw the comparison of your cuisine to human waste!

MoodyBlue
Community Member
2 years ago

Okay this one is crossing the line wayyyy too much. Disgusting.

Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

Mousse at chocolate, not French style!

Dr John A Truman
Community Member
2 years ago

oh heck no

John Coombs
Community Member
2 years ago

That's pretty shitty guys...

Suzy Sunshine
Community Member
2 years ago

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Patricia McDonough
Community Member
2 years ago

How disgusting! It’s like they want their food to turn you off!

i0ana
Community Member
2 years ago

...ummm,no! like..NEVER!

TrashPandaru
Community Member
2 years ago

NO JUST NO SEND IT BACK

rhyan lumilay
Community Member
2 years ago

There is a toilet themed restaurant in I think Japan or Taiwan where they serve their menus in this manner.

Simba
Community Member
2 years ago

🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

Cathy Hinz
Community Member
2 years ago

Ok, bring me this? I am walking out.

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
2 years ago

Why, just why?

Kujo1d
Community Member
2 years ago

Ah, the power of the English language. Call it what it is, a crapper.

Taffy Lindley
Community Member
2 years ago

The Chef has a Scat fetish... Is this the same Cuban Restaurant as above? Because that Chef needs a psychiatrist

Carson Skjerdal
Community Member
2 years ago

I can't tell if I want to upvote or downvote for been super nasty

mr toto
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd def make the waiter take the first bite

Lu
Community Member
2 years ago

Just gagged looking at this

未周 陸
Community Member
2 years ago

Can't tell What are IN there to serve ...... Frustrated Now!

Lavendar rose
Community Member
2 years ago

Sooooooo gross!!!!

Luka Hamer
Community Member
2 years ago

eh, no thanks

Lisa Reuss
Community Member
2 years ago

Absolutely revolting. I'll bet that place is out of business now.

Honey
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm sure that it's a special thing that you get to order. But that's disgusting.

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
2 years ago

Totally disgusting

comboplush
Community Member
2 years ago

Girl in white is not too sure about all this, too

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
2 years ago

Between this & stinky tofu, the Taiwanese have a penchant for eating fecal-esque food, I guess...

Pug Pug
Community Member
2 years ago

Vomit...

Natasha Forchione
Community Member
2 years ago

NO!!!!!!!!!!!

MD Black
Community Member
2 years ago

What in the actual triple-flush-hell is this?

Mary Montejo
Community Member
2 years ago

Are starving for creative food receptacles?

Karen Dyer
Community Member
2 years ago

Really, why would anyone really think this is appetizing?

Elena Adams
Community Member
2 years ago

I would never

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#17

I Was Served 3 Chips On A Log

I Was Served 3 Chips On A Log

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
2 years ago

What's with the few chips?

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#18

Your Food Directly From The Shovel To The Table

Your Food Directly From The Shovel To The Table

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Ceejay Avilez
Community Member
2 years ago

That's kind of cool

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#19

Raspberry Ice Cream On A Twig, In A Hole Drilled Into A Rock

Raspberry Ice Cream On A Twig, In A Hole Drilled Into A Rock

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Evgeniya Khon
Community Member
2 years ago

What did the cook smoke?

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#20

Love It When Sand Gets In My Soup

Love It When Sand Gets In My Soup

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Neon Petra
Community Member
2 years ago

Who thought this would be a good idea? The soup looks like vomit and the sand looks like that stuff they use to clean up vomit with.

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#21

Fish Are Friends, Not Food

Fish Are Friends, Not Food

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
2 years ago

that's animal torture. not cool

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#22

My Parents Sent Me This Picture From Their Vacation In Italy

My Parents Sent Me This Picture From Their Vacation In Italy

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Samantha Comerford
Community Member
2 years ago

I like this one, the food looks nice also

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#23

So I Went To Eat Hot Pot Today...

So I Went To Eat Hot Pot Today...

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Asat Voong
Community Member
2 years ago

Lady Gaga meat dress 2010

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#24

My Wife's Cocktail Was Served In A Hollow Stone And Had To Be Drunk Through The Hole, Without A Straw

My Wife's Cocktail Was Served In A Hollow Stone And Had To Be Drunk Through The Hole, Without A Straw

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NWB
Community Member
2 years ago

could be anything in there!?!?!

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#25

Pizza Served On Hooks

Pizza Served On Hooks

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Jesper Rasmussen
Community Member
2 years ago

How does the topping stay on?? 🤔

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#26

Pizza On A Snowboard

Pizza On A Snowboard

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Neon Petra
Community Member
2 years ago

Next up: Spaghetti on Skiis!

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#27

Our Appetizer In A Shoe. They Refused My Request To Try It On Or Take It Home.

Our Appetizer In A Shoe. They Refused My Request To Try It On Or Take It Home.

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Rinpai
Community Member
2 years ago

I think the most insulting thing is that they think 3 tots is enough for a serving.

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#28

Horrifying

Horrifying

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
2 years ago

this is one of those tiny portion restaurants where you're supposed to eat at home first

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#29

Someone I Know Got Her Food On Some Kind Of Bone

Someone I Know Got Her Food On Some Kind Of Bone

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Koalamonster
Community Member
2 years ago

I want to know what kind of bone that is!!! Also if it's easy to clean/ sanitize.... but mostly what it came out of.

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#30

Literaly 6 Nachos For The Whole Table

Literaly 6 Nachos For The Whole Table

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wandile dludlu
Community Member
2 years ago

More dip than nachos

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