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?

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#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
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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

bored autumn
Community Member
2 years ago

That's too mainstream!

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Bored Moogle
Community Member
2 years ago

A banana leaf would be cleaner than that. Wood cutting boards are impossible to sterilize.

Catlady6000
Community Member
2 years ago

Would also be more appealing

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Lisa Reuss
Community Member
2 years ago

Served that way, it looks like vomit.

Rinpai
Community Member
2 years ago

I am mostly upset that a really nice chopping board is being wasted as a plate tbh.

NMN
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like a tasty fillet mignon stroganoff full of delicious champignon but awfully wasted in a ridiculous board. Dont know why ppl are saying it looks like puke. There are clean plates just next to it, that just makes me confused.

Red
Community Member
2 years ago

the fact that the rice and vegetables are in the bowl and the curry is on the table really pisses me off

Den Star
Community Member
2 years ago

Just, no. It resembles poo.

Ctrl Alt Mel
Community Member
2 years ago

DA FUCKKKK

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
2 years ago

The whole avant-garde thing is kinda ruined by the soda cans.

Dani
Community Member
2 years ago

The only thing this would be acceptable with is bread and maybe, MAYBE crudites.

Hendra Lim
Community Member
2 years ago

why not just put both on the board or something?

Coleen
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like cat barf.

Trisha Lynn
Community Member
2 years ago

Got the two mixed up, me thinks. Curry in bowl. Rice on plate. Good grief!!

Logan Scaggs
Community Member
2 years ago

this just looks like my cat's vomit after he eats his food too fast

Karina Andersen
Community Member
2 years ago

ewww

Molly Fulghum Kent
Community Member
2 years ago

And the award for the ugliest plating goes to...

Janette Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

That looks like someone already ate it then hurled it back on the board 🤮

Josephina Minutolo
Community Member
2 years ago

And what's with the tissue box?

Eli Da
Community Member
2 years ago

Curryarrhea

Eli Da
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2 years ago

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Mary Hopkins
Community Member
2 years ago

looks like barf

Firescales 22
Community Member
2 years ago

That Fanta tho

SomebodyNobody
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought the chopping board was the table for a second and freaked out ;-;

Danielle Rebecca Eva
Community Member
2 years ago

This. Looks like my cat had a hair ball.

Dave “DodgyMerchant” Thompson
Community Member
2 years ago

Unhygienic AF, send it back

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
2 years ago

Well, I do feel sick, just looking at it, I would just walk out, pronto !!!

Louise Brigance
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh dear...something didn't agree with my dog's stomach...poor thing.

Suzanne Parvin
Community Member
2 years ago

The mess after you eat the rice.

Tammy Ralph
Community Member
2 years ago

Disgusting, slop, full of germs.

Vickie Browning
Community Member
2 years ago

noooooooope....

Sophia Trinh
Community Member
2 years ago

Just no. Bleh.

Sally Hudd
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like something a dog threw up.

Toast Of Saint Louis
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like someone took a runny shit on that serving board.

Janet Mundie
Community Member
2 years ago

Revolting. It looks predigested.

Jaqi Vickers
Community Member
2 years ago

That looks like it’s already been eaten. Disgusting

Lisa Georgette
Community Member
2 years ago

Ewwww! 1: I don't like curry, 2: it looks like diarrhea!

Sue Sanders
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like poo from a large animal who ate another large animal. And ew-w-w -- just NO.

Michelle Schoofs
Community Member
2 years ago

That looks like puke on a platter - Yuck!

Jonny Chevalier
Community Member
2 years ago

Mix it yourself!?

Mary Beth Trendos
Community Member
2 years ago

Lol this is literally someone’s back yard. Restaurants don’t have boxes of Kleenex on the table.

Bobby Mcgee Crowder
Community Member
2 years ago

That looks like vomit.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like someone shit on a block of wood

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like used curry on a chopping board.

Rose Duemig
Community Member
2 years ago

I would never eat this - looks like someone vomited it back.

Georges Piriou
Community Member
2 years ago

Is this the leftover of the customer before?

Ashley Wright
Community Member
2 years ago

That. Is. Disgusting. #WoodIsPorous

Katherine Morris
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like an order to be shared. (Hence the two plates alongside.)

Donna Baker
Community Member
2 years ago

How sanitary is this?

Elly Clifton
Community Member
2 years ago

where are the obligatory carrot pieces that normal adorn a hurl?

Godspeed
Community Member
2 years ago

It's one thing if it is a banana leaf...but this is just stupid!

Jo Jo Timmons
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like someone spewed on their serving tray

Florence Hastings
Community Member
2 years ago

Actually it looks more like something the cat upchucked.

nikki ty
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh damn, the cat has hurled again!

Alison Cotes
Community Member
2 years ago

Who cleans the board?

JayJay De Jesus
Community Member
2 years ago

Nasty!

Doubanji
Community Member
2 years ago

Ugh, that just makes me think someone didnt make it to the toilet on time... Reminds me of being a cleaner 🤢

Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

I told the cook going home,he was so pale .... but he stayed

Dr John A Truman
Community Member
2 years ago

the bacteria that is going to seep into that cutting board. will never get it cleaned properly.

Lana Smith
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like my cat hurled

Bob Eckert
Community Member
2 years ago

I would drop my pants and immediately have a bowel movement on the curry. Now it's complete

Shari Gorden
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg that straight up looks like puke! 🤮

Fixin'Ta
Community Member
2 years ago

Again -- how do you get these sanitized afterward to reuse? Nope. Nope nope nope nope nope.

Angie Jolie
Community Member
2 years ago

this is so dumb haha

Connie Martin
Community Member
2 years ago

The thought of scraping my fork on a soggy wooden board is making my hair hurt.

Wendy Dyson
Community Member
2 years ago

I think it is ridiculous. I would ask them to take it back and put it on a plate.

Cathy Hinz
Community Member
2 years ago

That looks like someone puked up their dinner! Grrooosssss!!!

Kujo1d
Community Member
2 years ago

There are clearly TWO plates next to the curry. Come on!

Angie Kremers
Community Member
2 years ago

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Rissie
Community Member
2 years ago

Yuk. The wooden board will make it taste bad.

Honey
Community Member
2 years ago

No. Just, no.

Phlop Ophlarb
Community Member
2 years ago

Better sense would be of course to use a plate, but they weren't aiming for better sense on purpose, so they achieved their goal

Bill
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like the plastic displays outfront of some restaraunts in Asia

HC
Community Member
2 years ago

How can this comply with health laws? Can the wood be washed in a commercial dishwasher?

Catlady6000
Community Member
2 years ago

If you want to ruin it, yes.

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TD Baker
Community Member
2 years ago

ewww, looks like puke. these posts are making me loose my appetite.

Bilal Ali
Community Member
2 years ago

the 2nd point is so true for me.

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G13
Community Member
2 years ago

It looks like vomit

criminalgirl
Community Member
2 years ago

Ran out of plates?

Hello it Smee
Community Member
2 years ago

What the heck is up with the tissue box?

Hello it Smee
Community Member
2 years ago

I got down vote for asking a question. Ok, I was asking if this is a thing because I have never seen tissues as napkin. Dang guys.

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Artemis
Community Member
2 years ago

Chopped 😂

Ctrl Alt Mel
Community Member
2 years ago

Surely plated by a white guy

Shar SN
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2 years ago

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Looks like chunky diarrhoea l🤢

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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
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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.

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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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