The competition in the restaurant industry is brutal. So, it's only natural that establishments want to offer people something the joint down the street still doesn't have on its menu. But if the sole purpose of standing out is simply to stand, it can quickly lead to something hilarious. Or ridiculous. Or even worse, both.

Bored Panda already wrote about restaurants trying to impress their customers too hard here, here, and here but people continue posting pictures of absurd food servings, so we continue covering them. From eating spaghetti off the fricking table to receiving your starter in a sink, continue scrolling to check out the newest batch of Gordon Ramsay's nightmares.

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#1

Here's My Cocktail. With Ducks. In A Bath

Here's My Cocktail. With Ducks. In A Bath

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Vanessa
Community Member
3 months ago

CUTE!

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Most of these pics were featured on We Want Plates, a community of regular people and dedicated foodies who came together to get restaurants to serve food on actual plates, not on “bits of wood and roof tiles, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars.”

“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," Ross McGinnes, the founder of the We Want Plates said in an earlier Bored Panda interview. "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."

#2

This Whole Thing Is Just Wrong!

This Whole Thing Is Just Wrong!

"So I went on a date today and we went to a nice restaurant before going to the movies and I ordered the “iced grape popsicles” for dessert because I love grape Popsicles so why not right?…..so the waiter brings out the “iced grape popsicles” aND THEY WERE LITERALLY 3 FROZEN GRAPES ON STICKS…..I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE OFFENDED IN MY LIFE…SINCE WHEN ARE 3 [FRIGGIN] FROZEN GRAPES IN A [FRIGGIN] VASE AN ACCEPTABLE SINGLE DESSERT ORDER..ITS NOT EVEN FROZEN GRAPE JUICE OR SOMETHING ITS LITERALLY JUST A 0.02$ GRAPE THAT WAS PUT ON A STICK THEN FROZEN…LIKE SOMEONE ACTUALLY WROTE THIS DOWN ON THE MENU THINKING “OH YEAH PEOPLE [FRIGGIN] LOVE COLD GRAPES” AND SOME OTHER ASSHAT SAID “BRAH. HEAR ME OUT, HOW ABOUT WE PUT THEM ON STICKS AND SERVE THEM IN A VASE WITH NOTHING ELSE” LIKE YOU COULDNT EVEN SERVE IT WITH A [FRIGGIN] SECOND FRUIT OR EVEN [FRIGGIN] LEAVES OR WHATEVER… IM SO MAD. [FRIGGIN] FROZEN GRAPES ON A STICK.

AND THEY WERENT EVEN SEEDLESS GRAPES…"

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Did you read the fine print under the description of the item you ordered? That was the exact fricken comment I got from a waiter once.

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As We Want Plates continues to grow, McGinnes said the worst food serving he has ever encountered was when he got a piece of cake on a table tennis bat in Barcelona around 2008. "It still gives me sleepless nights," he said.

It's style over content, and McGiness thinks too much time is spent faffing around balancing six chips in a mini wheelbarrow. When these stunts become the focus, the flavour becomes secondary. And that's not a good thing.

#3

Though This Really Is The Stairway To Heaven

Though This Really Is The Stairway To Heaven

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Panda Lurker
Community Member
3 months ago

I like it

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#4

Most Expensive Restaurant I've Ever Been. Chef Literally Made The Starter In Our Hand

Most Expensive Restaurant I've Ever Been. Chef Literally Made The Starter In Our Hand

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Nadine
Community Member
3 months ago

Ug! It reminds me of a bloot clot.

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#5

My Friend Was Served A Single Potato On A Tiny Chair

My Friend Was Served A Single Potato On A Tiny Chair

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lilu
Community Member
3 months ago

no couchpotato

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#6

The One Vegetarian Entrée At This Restaurant Is Served Inside The Shell Of A Dead Sea Creature

The One Vegetarian Entrée At This Restaurant Is Served Inside The Shell Of A Dead Sea Creature

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Woody
Community Member
3 months ago

Lol

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#7

Carrot Served On A Telephone

Carrot Served On A Telephone

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

Just...why?

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#8

Saw This On A Friend’s Instagram. The Horror

Saw This On A Friend’s Instagram. The Horror

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JuJu
Community Member
3 months ago

Flying spaghetti monster decided to land on your table to convert you?

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#9

Saw A Bird Nest Post Here And Thought This Was Comparable

Saw A Bird Nest Post Here And Thought This Was Comparable

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

One more: Did they hit that with a car?

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#10

Spaghetti Bolognese In A Bread Cone

Spaghetti Bolognese In A Bread Cone

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

How is it possible to make one of the best meals to eat, universally loved, look SO unappealing...

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#11

Our Sharing Starter Came In A Sink

Our Sharing Starter Came In A Sink

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Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

wash your hands...oh...wait a sec...

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#12

It’s Getting Out Of Hand

It’s Getting Out Of Hand

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Why would you want food on some decrepit, dirty, yard sale find?

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#13

“Don’t Eat The Rocks” - Waiter Upon Serving

“Don’t Eat The Rocks” - Waiter Upon Serving

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Natalie Scott
Community Member
3 months ago

This would be better if the waiter whispered 'they're not rocks' after his warning, then walked away and left you guessing what they are.

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#14

The Jello Tasted Alright, Nothing Special

The Jello Tasted Alright, Nothing Special

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm a woman but oh that is just utterly disgusting.

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#15

Not Shown: The Sauce Proceeding To Spill Onto My Lap

Not Shown: The Sauce Proceeding To Spill Onto My Lap

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

This is the worst one. Waste of perfectly good chocolate syrup.

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#16

Just Why??

Just Why??

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

What the F*** were they thinking?

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#17

Not A Plate, But An Actual Glass Would Be Nice

Not A Plate, But An Actual Glass Would Be Nice

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nanashi
Community Member
3 months ago

that's what you get for a few cents from a street hawker, not in a fancy ass restaurant where you pay extra for dine in service.

Kimberly Greenock
Community Member
3 months ago

I lived in Malaysia for several years and this is how most fast places and food stalls/food trucks hand you the drinks.

Rashid Ramdan
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm a Malaysian and I can confirm this haha

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JuJu
Community Member
3 months ago

If you can't put your drink down, you will drink it faster and either order another one quickly or leave early...win for the restaurant

Tara Stevens
Community Member
3 months ago

Just what this world needs more single use plastics!

Saint Thomas
Community Member
3 months ago

That's pretty common in Asia, when you get a drink from a street vendor.

hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh some latin american sell their drinks like this, especially street vendors. But that looks like a fancy restaurant so idk

danielw
Community Member
3 months ago

a fancy restaraunt upmarking street food...er, drinks, because... it's 'street food' and slumming it is in vogue.

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Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

why on earth...

Jonathan Montaño
Community Member
3 months ago

This is how traditional mezcal is served in Mexico City at tenochtitlan.

Citizen Morena
Community Member
3 months ago

We are trying to reduce plastic by reusing glass. Not the other way

Hans Van Der Veen
Community Member
3 months ago

Never been in Thailand? every street food comes in a plastic bag. And careful, it is HOT!

Wendy Emlinger (ManyTotems)
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm with her, give me a dang glass! I don't want to sit there the entire meal trying to keep my drink from escaping the baggie and running all over the table.

MRS FLASHMAN
Community Member
3 months ago

BAG-A-RITA???

Sandy Kavanaugh
Community Member
3 months ago

Yep, we use way too much plastic.

Daniel Mason
Community Member
3 months ago

Where's the goldfish?

Douglas Campbell
Community Member
3 months ago

I've seen this in Latin American countries.

Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Check to see if there is a fish in there.

Jolee zzstu Abramson
Community Member
3 months ago

what a waste of plastic

Anonymous Human
Community Member
3 months ago

I’ve actually been there! It’s a casual Cuban place with the best burgers I’ve ever had... but you do have to be careful with the drinks. They are a little odd.

Sue Sanders
Community Member
3 months ago

Budgeting result.

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
3 months ago

why i dont go to fancy ass restaurants

Janine Hunt-Jackson
Community Member
3 months ago

Yummy; I might try t0 eat that;;;aftr heeeeeeeeee ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''']

Terri Altman-Hollister
Community Member
3 months ago

Maybe it's to go?

Paige Garberding
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like something you'd get at Petco.

Jackie C.
Community Member
3 months ago

No words!

Mike Rodrick
Community Member
3 months ago

Was there a goldfish included?

Sam T Godfrey
Community Member
3 months ago

Ooo! Water balloons! Fun!!

Lydia Dean-Melchior
Community Member
3 months ago

Not very EARTH FRIENDLY are they?

fuggnuggins
Community Member
3 months ago

This is how you buy drinks in SE Asia. What's the problem?

Ceri Mcclellan
Community Member
3 months ago

Nice waste of plastic

Steve Cruz
Community Member
3 months ago

What next, a catheter bag?

Ian Bodey
Community Member
3 months ago

Saw that on a street vendors stall in Vietnam...when your walking through the the, streets of Ho Chi minh City not really safe to have it in a glass. Bit in a restaurant WTF...Looks like a Colostomy bag...

Lululoohoo
Community Member
3 months ago

Street vendors in Taiwan do this!

Brandon Sergent
Community Member
3 months ago

Preparing for that microgravity mood.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
3 months ago

Walk her to the door apologize say good bye.

Mumof1
Community Member
3 months ago

Soneone's taking the p**s - almost literally,

Jemima Muneer
Community Member
3 months ago

they are just running out of ideas now

Patricia Rix
Community Member
3 months ago

Plastic waste level 100!

suramura
Community Member
3 months ago

seriously?

Wendy Warner
Community Member
3 months ago

So environment-friendly... so classy ... so flipping wrong!

Vaida Kuodytė
Community Member
3 months ago

Like... a plastic cup is not that much more expensive. And a lot less insane. Raise the price by 1 cent to cover it if you have to. Don't do THIS.

ewadora
Community Member
3 months ago

I have no dishwasher, that's the way I'm going to host my friends after quarantine:)

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
3 months ago

I've seen delicious aguas frescas and fruit juices (even milk products) served like this in South America and Central America. I learned that the plastic bags were generally cheaper than plastic and glass bottles.

Panda with Heart
Community Member
3 months ago

Nope!

David Jeu
Community Member
3 months ago

Latin America style 🤠

Imelikoledvõi
Community Member
3 months ago

Super common in asia. I drank iced coffee in Vietnam on a daily basis from bags. Best coffee i have ever had was in Vietnam.

Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm just waiting for those nails to pierce a hole in the bag. Heh.

Curry on...
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm beginning to wonder if these 'restaurants' even have dishes.

RonitIL
Community Member
3 months ago

This brings back memories from Thailand!

Craftyparrott
Community Member
3 months ago

So let's add more plastic out there. I so hope they don't reuse the bag though

John Montgomery
Community Member
3 months ago

I think I see where they were going with this. In middle school where I grew up they sold milk in bags. It was similar to a Capri sun. I think this is supposed to be an adult version.

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
3 months ago

Hope it doesn't spring a leak

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
3 months ago

NO!

Virginia Souza
Community Member
3 months ago

Lazy server.

Todd Hollfelder
Community Member
3 months ago

Damn! You'd slam that down in a hurry!

Id row
Community Member
3 months ago

Is there a goldfish in there, too? I would have blurted out, 'Are you f*cking kidding me?' if I was handed that.

Roque Cepeda
Community Member
3 months ago

Oh look I used to drink those while traveling and they costed less than a dollar

zims
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like somebody's trying to be clever about not doing dishes.

miss miss
Community Member
3 months ago

Being made a fool of

Bobbie Morris
Community Member
3 months ago

🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

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#18

Cheese Served On A Mouse Trap

Cheese Served On A Mouse Trap

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EA
Community Member
3 months ago

That thing looks nasty. Absolutely filthy.

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#19

We Demand Plates

We Demand Plates

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

This literally is box mac and cheese with dinosaur chicken nuggets. You can do this at home with a plate.

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#20

I'm Gonna Swing From The Chandelier, From The Chandelier

I'm Gonna Swing From The Chandelier, From The Chandelier

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R L
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

Dinner in Hannibal Lecter's house.

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#21

Steak And Mashed Taters In A Sombrero

Steak And Mashed Taters In A Sombrero

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Look at the rim of the hatband. They do not clean this plate.

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#22

This Broccoli On Barbed Wire

This Broccoli On Barbed Wire

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Just 4 pieces? That better be gold flakes on the sh*t if I got to pry it off of Bob wire.

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#23

Sorbetto With Foam Served In A Lightbulb On A Bed Of Dried Grass

Sorbetto With Foam Served In A Lightbulb On A Bed Of Dried Grass

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visvalin Vamadevan
Community Member
3 months ago

That portion is minuscule anyways to be able to fit in a lightbulb.

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#24

Dinner At A Corporate Christmas Party. Mashed Potatoes, Roast Beef, And Peas In A Martini Glass

Dinner At A Corporate Christmas Party. Mashed Potatoes, Roast Beef, And Peas In A Martini Glass

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

I have a friend who cannot stand it when her food touches each other. This is her nightmare.

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#25

Didn't Expect My Appetizer To Be Served Inside A Dresser But Ok

Didn't Expect My Appetizer To Be Served Inside A Dresser But Ok

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm certain they will not clean the drawers properly.

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#26

The Syrup Is Already Going Down His Arm

The Syrup Is Already Going Down His Arm

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Hans
Community Member
3 months ago

This is just stupid.

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#27

My Friend's Ramen Was Served In A Beer Mug

My Friend's Ramen Was Served In A Beer Mug

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The Emerald Triangle
Community Member
3 months ago

Nah! Just a really big worm in the tequila bottle. (Okay maybe a tapeworm).

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#28

Gordon Got Served A Steak On A Roof Tile

Gordon Got Served A Steak On A Roof Tile

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Valquerys
Community Member
3 months ago

Wait, isn’t this from kitchen nightmares?

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#29

Burgers As Garnish In A Bloody Mary

Burgers As Garnish In A Bloody Mary

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
3 months ago

A soggy burger.

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#30

Lol Excuse Me?

Lol Excuse Me?

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Sonja
Community Member
3 months ago

Hello, salmonea, my old friend..

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#31

$500 Tasting Menu, And This Is How Dessert Was Served...

$500 Tasting Menu, And This Is How Dessert Was Served...

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Gummy bear chunks

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#32

At A Conference In Houston

At A Conference In Houston

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Slinkman
Community Member
3 months ago

ohno... The chef has kicked the bucket.

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#33

Not In Need Of A Plate, But A Bowl Would Have Been Nice As Opposed To This Wine Glass For My Soup, Which Was Poured At The Table Out Of A Wine Bottle

Not In Need Of A Plate, But A Bowl Would Have Been Nice As Opposed To This Wine Glass For My Soup, Which Was Poured At The Table Out Of A Wine Bottle

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Blackheart
Community Member
3 months ago

Again with hot liquids in glass.

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#34

This Is Not Acceptable.

This Is Not Acceptable.

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
3 months ago

I can't decide what's worse, the duck or the bag.

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#35

Scrolling Through Instagram This Morning And Found This

Scrolling Through Instagram This Morning And Found This

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elia 84631
Community Member
3 months ago

Actually, it isn't bad idea to use a fancy bottle

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