We Want Plates is a community of both regular people and dedicated foodies who are joining their forces to make restaurants serve food on actual plates, not on bits of wood and roof tiles. To do so, they are shaming all the ridiculous food presentations they are receiving online, and their crusade has made them quite famous.

Founded in 2015 by Ross McGinnes, We Want Plates already has 157K followers on Twitter, 100K on Facebook, and 30K on Instagram. However, the biggest unit of their army is located on Reddit — over 650K troops. I think it's safe to say that the growth of the project is a pretty good indication that restaurants should think twice before serving cured meat on a bone or pouring a cocktail into a baby bottle. At least I hope so.

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#1

Welcome To Hell

Welcome To Hell

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Titas Burinskas
BoredPanda Staff
1 year ago

The last photo of the guy looking at the server, like, "are you seriously doing this?" made me lose it.

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One of the moderators of the We Want Plates subreddit, Merari01, said that even though the food itself is the cornerstone of dining, its presentation is important too. "A wonderful meal is enhanced by a superb presentation. But an overly excessive display can detract from the meal," the moderator told Bored Panda.

"For me, the line [between creative and absurd] presentation is crossed when the creativity hinders the enjoyment of the food. Food that cannot be eaten without messing up the table, because the sauce gets everywhere since there's no plate but a piece of slate used. Food that cannot be eaten without carefully dismantling it from the display on which it is mounted and pinned. Our current top post is a good example. You'll have to dismantle the display and then there isn't much room on the board for cutting the meat."


#2

Edible Plates Only

Edible Plates Only

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Truth Monster
Community Member
1 year ago

This one I kinda like. If they are using a recyclable paper to help keep it hygienic underneath I wholeheartedly approve.

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In an earlier Bored Panda interview, 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

This Restaurant Is Rated 4.7/5 Stars

This Restaurant Is Rated 4.7/5 Stars

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Ziva Kravdahl
Community Member
1 year ago

That is just stupid

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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."

Yes, serving bread chips on a comb might get your restaurant tagged in a photo on social media, but customers will probably also caption it "NOPE" and won't come back to your place ever again.

When you're done enjoying this post, check out the equally hilarious posts we did on We Want Plates here and here.

#4

Eggcelent Fried Bitterballen

Eggcelent Fried Bitterballen

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Ani Archeron
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel like this has potential to be cool for takeaway food

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#5

Chickenfingered

Chickenfingered

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Christina Schulte
Community Member
1 year ago

I..... I'm upset. Going to church now.

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#6

Bread Chips On A Comb

Bread Chips On A Comb

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Ziva Kravdahl
Community Member
1 year ago

Gross

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#7

Little Bite Size Appetizer Served On A Box Of Uncooked Potatoes

Little Bite Size Appetizer Served On A Box Of Uncooked Potatoes

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

it would urge me to take a tetanus vaccine

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#8

Cursed Cocktail

Cursed Cocktail

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Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice idea for a corona party.

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#9

Deconstructed Hand S'more?

Deconstructed Hand S'more?

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Nic Higham
Community Member
1 year ago

It's all okay as their hand was cleaned prior to assembly...

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#10

A Friend Of Mine Showed Me This Photo Today, Served In A Restaurant In Las Vegas

A Friend Of Mine Showed Me This Photo Today, Served In A Restaurant In Las Vegas

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 year ago

you could order two of these and not have to go shoe shopping afterwards

Hooked
Community Member
1 year ago

I would send that back in an instant. Absolutely gross. I don't even *wear* the shoes at a bowling alley, let alone eat from it !

Mustn’t eat the mango 🥭
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a disaster ma’am

RoseTheMad
Community Member
1 year ago

That shoe looks worn, too.... *vomit*

Peter Shen
Community Member
1 year ago

so i get to keep the shoe? great deal!

Sawdust
Community Member
1 year ago

Come back tomorrow and order it again...just be sure to ask for the right shoe the second time. :-)

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Bizianka
Community Member
1 year ago

NOPE

MrsPossum
Community Member
1 year ago

* uses shoe to run away from this place *

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the most pathetic one for me.

Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 year ago

The next step will be "Lunch-In-A-Dirty-Sock"!

Dhandyline Camingao
Community Member
1 year ago

Dirty restaurant = dirty waiter/waitress = Dirty shoes = dirty food

Pogy Nevis
Community Member
1 year ago

Do you get to keep the shoe?

Raine Soo
Community Member
1 year ago

UGH and UGH.

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
11 months ago

FAST FOOD, hehehehe

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
11 months ago

I doubt these are washed each time before/after use, how does this pass health inspection?

matthew owen
Community Member
11 months ago

Disgusting

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
11 months ago

MAYBE A 'NEW SHOE BUT......I

Virginia Patterson Shepard
Community Member
11 months ago

No way!

Laura Schiller
Community Member
11 months ago

I think they call this dish, "ShoeFood."

Kimberly Reetz
Community Member
11 months ago

Do you have to order 2 to get a pair?

lakitha tolbert
Community Member
11 months ago

yeah, that's huge NO!!!

Annamay
Community Member
11 months ago

Do toddlers work there?

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
11 months ago

Are those feet-balls?

weatherwitch
Community Member
12 months ago

Warts, verrucas and athletes foot all available as condiments 😉🤣🤣

Unaffected
Community Member
12 months ago

But why?

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
12 months ago

Disgusting! I don't understand what they're trying to do, here.

Lance d'Boyle
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Interesting story, I know the head chef and he came upon this concept because he was out of Roquefort cheese and wanted to impart a soupçon of well cultured fromage. I think he nailed it.

Otto Nilo
Community Member
1 year ago

Totally no for me!

Jody Brown
Community Member
1 year ago

Ah, an Unappetizer.

Anatoo
Community Member
1 year ago

That my shoe !?!

Tiffany
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope.

Hamilton Lover
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope

Spill Da Tea
Community Member
1 year ago

Imagine your breath after eating those. 🤮😬😧

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
1 year ago

Grease everywhere :P

Lorelei Douty
Community Member
1 year ago

uuuuuuhhhhhhhmmmmmm

Lisa Simpson
Community Member
1 year ago

Funghi nuggets

あんぱんまん
Community Member
1 year ago

please pleasse tell me tht shoes is just a model of a real shoes... and tht it is actually a plate

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
1 year ago

What happened in Vegas should have stayed there. They can have their nasty shoe food.

Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
1 year ago

This is a mortal sin to Spanish tapas everywhere. Whenever I see a restaurant (that is not in Spain) tout itself as serving Spanish tapas, I frequently run in the opposite directions, because they are generally overpriced, mediocre, and cater to hipsters like the above. Tapas should not be pretentious and cost an arm and a leg.

Anouk
Community Member
1 year ago

*gags*

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Yeah, no thanks. Although not as bad as a shoey.

Flowers
Community Member
1 year ago

Gross, that looks like a bowling shoe.

Vikram Bedi
Community Member
1 year ago

Does it belong to a celebrity... people kiss the ground celebrities walk on... so eating out of their shoe would be heaven for them.

Ziva Kravdahl
Community Member
1 year ago

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#11

This Was A Tiramisù, The Top Layer Was Crushed Oreos. Delicious, But How Did They Come Up With This?‭

This Was A Tiramisù, The Top Layer Was Crushed Oreos. Delicious, But How Did They Come Up With This?‭

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MauKini
Community Member
1 year ago

I think that rather cool.. could have been the table deco though...

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#12

We’re Just Eating This Cake With Our Faces

We’re Just Eating This Cake With Our Faces

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Tabitha L
Community Member
1 year ago

I still don't understand the trend of smearing crap on the outside of a glass.

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#13

Yes That Is A Bagel Filled With Cheese Mounted Like A Deer Over A Bowel Of Tomato Soup

Yes That Is A Bagel Filled With Cheese Mounted Like A Deer Over A Bowel Of Tomato Soup

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serenagun
Community Member
1 year ago

i'm not gonna lie, i kinda want this, I love cheesy bagels and tomato soup and I love cheese

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#14

Old School Friend Just Posted This Abomination

Old School Friend Just Posted This Abomination

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Hugh Cookson
Community Member
1 year ago

Very Dali esque .....

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#15

I'm Glad To See They Be Serving Ramen The Traditional Way

I'm Glad To See They Be Serving Ramen The Traditional Way

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Flowers
Community Member
1 year ago

Shame, waste of a good watermelon.

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#16

Does This Count?

Does This Count?

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Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
1 year ago

A bit twisted, a bit sick, a bit lack of sleep, a bit of "who aprove this idea" and a lot of What da f... uck.

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#17

It Finally Happened To Me Last Night

It Finally Happened To Me Last Night

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Roxy
Community Member
1 year ago

We do food laundry

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#18

They Call This Everything But The Kitchen Sink

They Call This Everything But The Kitchen Sink

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 year ago

It would have looked SO yummy without the sink. But now I'm thinking of dirty dishwashing water.

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#19

Browsing Through My Old Photos And Found This... Chips In A Pine Cone!

Browsing Through My Old Photos And Found This... Chips In A Pine Cone!

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 year ago

Who wants 6 chips? Where are the rest?

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#20

I Guess There Is Technically A Plate... But Common

I Guess There Is Technically A Plate... But Common

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
1 year ago

What are these monstrosities?

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#21

$37 “Butter Shrimp”

$37 “Butter Shrimp”

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Rowlie
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like vomit

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#22

Big Dawg Breakfast Served In An Actual Dog Dish

Big Dawg Breakfast Served In An Actual Dog Dish

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Flowers
Community Member
1 year ago

Saves you from having to ask for doggie bag.

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#23

Thanks For The Plate But Am I Supposed To Lick The Glass Clean?

Thanks For The Plate But Am I Supposed To Lick The Glass Clean?

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Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

I would lick the glass and make everyone so uncomfortable.. that they take it off the menu

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#24

Tiramisu Served In A Coffee Maker

Tiramisu Served In A Coffee Maker

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
1 year ago

the Police marked out where poor Mr Spoon's body was found.

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#25

Cured Meat Served On A Bone

Cured Meat Served On A Bone

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 year ago

In my opinion this isn't even bad compared to most of the others. It functions well as a plate and looks exceptionally clean.

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#26

Fries In A Maison Jar... Why

Fries In A Maison Jar... Why

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 year ago

Not the worst of the bunch... but the last fries are going to be squished and hard to reach. Also, I am now craving saucy fries.

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#27

[i Ate] Pizza In A Jar

[i Ate] Pizza In A Jar

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Flowers
Community Member
1 year ago

Wrong on so many levels.

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#28

Some Goober Filled My Drink Full Of Rocks. Does This Count?

Some Goober Filled My Drink Full Of Rocks. Does This Count?

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Cip IESAN
Community Member
1 year ago

This is not "On the rocks", but "Under the rocks"!

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#29

Excuse Me?

Excuse Me?

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
1 year ago

Umm... Do they call that the 2020?

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#30

Really Hoping That Isnt Lead Paint

Really Hoping That Isnt Lead Paint

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Young Minami Kotaro
Community Member
1 year ago

WHY???

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