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
3 months 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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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

Mmmmm! 😍 Man if you can't enjoy a yummy bread bowl, you missing out!

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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
2 months 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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Rowlie
Community Member
2 months ago

Mmmmmm, the cartboardy taste

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#5

Chickenfingered

Chickenfingered

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm lost for words how grossed out I am at this!

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#6

Bread Chips On A Comb

Bread Chips On A Comb

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Ziva Kravdahl
Community Member
2 months ago

Gross

Little Flame
Community Member
2 months ago

Let’s hope that it got washed

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Tabitha L
Community Member
2 months ago

Chips served on a comb, served on a log. How is this classy?

Christina Schulte
Community Member
2 months ago

The white stuff is not salt, it's dandruff.

Dotzilla _( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)_/
Community Member
2 months ago

I'd be worried about eating lice. Ewww.

jamie1707
Community Member
2 months ago

oh come on! that has to be joke.

deanna woods
Community Member
2 months ago

How high or drunk do you have to be to come up with this stuff?

Anouk
Community Member
2 months ago

I can't even...

Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

Grease!

Jeremy Porter
Community Member
2 months ago

Fancy-ass restaurant, meanwhile bottle of water just plopped there...

Who? Me?
Community Member
2 months ago

Bread chips on a comb on a log with white napkins..... just who came up with that ?

Tiffany
Community Member
2 months ago

Why?! Just why?

Night Owl
Community Member
2 months ago

I hope that comb was new and unused

Faramir10
Community Member
2 months ago

I'm gonna skip the appetizer, today.

Mustn’t eat the mango 🥭
Community Member
2 months ago

Is the comb clean?

Zophra
Community Member
2 months ago

What a stupid prop for food that might actually be good and thus detracts from the food.

Marie
Community Member
1 month ago

On a lumber

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
2 months ago

Do they spit on too? Or is that extra?

Theresa Snaith
Community Member
2 months ago

Nasty.

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 months ago

Never ordered twice. . .

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
2 months ago

shudder!

Cathy Proctor
Community Member
2 months ago

looks like they were combing for parasites

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

Sends a strange message

Robert Blyth
Community Member
2 months ago

eww

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
2 months ago

Unhygienic !! Doesn't matter how you cleaned the comb !!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
2 months ago

No, just no!!!

Virginia Patterson Shepard
Community Member
2 months ago

HEADLICE - no charge

lana6335
Community Member
2 months ago

Yukkkk!!! 🤮

Kimberly Reetz
Community Member
2 months ago

Hair strands are extra

MAKtheknife
Community Member
2 months ago

Wrong in so many ways.

Mike Mischak
Community Member
2 months ago

Germ heaven!

Annamay
Community Member
2 months ago

Good lord NO

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
2 months ago

Edable dandruff?

Brett Bydairk
Community Member
2 months ago

Pretentious.

Robert Miller
Community Member
2 months ago

is the chef a raccoon ?

Queen fhk
Community Member
2 months ago

Ewwwwww

Slune
Community Member
2 months ago

That dandruff needs a severe treatment

weatherwitch
Community Member
2 months ago

Ugh 🤮

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 months ago

I would send that back! No way I would eat that!

Ileana Sky Aviles
Community Member
2 months ago

Health inspector needs to visit!

IFXO
Community Member
2 months ago

if you wanna eat some lice, go for it!

Hamilton Lover
Community Member
2 months ago

Lice, dandruff, ect. this is disgusting

Farid Red
Community Member
2 months ago

That comb is very hard to be clean and a restaurant is known for 'short-cut cleaning'. Avoid!

Jane Doe
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh that’s just disgusting

Debbie Lavender
Community Member
2 months ago

hmmmm. log (with bark?), comb (VERY hygienic) and 4 pieces of flatbread. sign me up

totinos pizza rolls
Community Member
2 months ago

This looks like how me and my cousin would present each other "fine dining food" on thanksgiving...

Flare
Community Member
2 months ago

*pukes*

Marissa Taylor
Community Member
2 months ago

wtf?OO

Maanya Chandra
Community Member
2 months ago

I at least hope that it's not used :l

Sprinkled Donut
Community Member
2 months ago

Ewwww is the comb used???

Petra Schaap
Community Member
2 months ago

i would send that back

Susan Suzy
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeww

Cyndi Hafele
Community Member
2 months ago

Four whole chips. I'm stuffed just looking at them.

Sawdust
Community Member
2 months ago

"This comb was cleaned prior to assembly."

Lorelei Douty
Community Member
2 months ago

where did they get the come <:(

Fidgets McGee
Community Member
2 months ago

Giant dandruff??

Peter Shen
Community Member
2 months ago

how do I burn my eyes?

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
2 months ago

"Sir, you got some food crumbs in your hair." "Oh, yeah that just because I combed my hair after dinner."

Z Kalnina
Community Member
2 months ago

Expect dandruff and some stray hairs..

Shelli Aderman
Community Member
2 months ago

🤢

TheGayPandas
Community Member
2 months ago

I almost puked when I saw that...gross

Vikash Kumar
Community Member
2 months ago

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Is there a competition where restaurants try to outdo each other on the most out there and stupidest ideas.

fuggnuggins
Community Member
2 months ago

Unspoken, yes.

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

Ew, no, what were they thinking?

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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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Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
2 months ago

At least the potatoes are very clean.

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#8

Cursed Cocktail

Cursed Cocktail

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

I've seen worse.

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#9

Deconstructed Hand S'more?

Deconstructed Hand S'more?

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

OMG, please say they had you sign papers before doing that!

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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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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

Ew no, I'd be quick to ask for a refund if the menu didn't shoe, I mean show this displayed.

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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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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually you'll find many plant looking cakes that use crushed Oreo to represent soil.

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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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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh man, I remember this a few yrs ago. No one could eat those without making a mess. It's such a dumb idea.

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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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Ziva Kravdahl
Community Member
2 months ago

Gross

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#14

Old School Friend Just Posted This Abomination

Old School Friend Just Posted This Abomination

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

So many questions, where does one begin?

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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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

My first thought, "Can I take this to go?" 😆

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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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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

lol, is it weird I'd still eat them? It's what looks like grass tho that weirding me out.

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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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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
2 months ago

How are you supposed to eat that?

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#21

$37 “Butter Shrimp”

$37 “Butter Shrimp”

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Rowlie
Community Member
2 months 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
2 months 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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Vikram Bedi
Community Member
2 months ago

The one who uses cutlery to make the glass look crystal clear would be crowned dessert king.

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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
2 months 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
2 months 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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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

*It's Mason, there's no i. If only that had been served in an easier fashion tho, I'd be eating that up.

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#27

[i Ate] Pizza In A Jar

[i Ate] Pizza In A Jar

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TiredMomma
Community Member
2 months ago

😄😉 It's good tho!

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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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yael corcos
Community Member
2 months ago

Why God? Why???? Just give me one excuse for this abomination

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#29

Excuse Me?

Excuse Me?

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
2 months 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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Sasy
Community Member
2 months ago

The person with the proper plate had to leave while his friend took a picture, so he wasn't laughing directly in his face.

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