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
2 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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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

Evelína Zlá
Community Member
2 months ago

Makes you vomit....

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
2 months ago

I thought those were cigarette butts on beer cans.

History Fan
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

"Ohhhhhkayyyy then... We'll head out now...."

Jason McKay
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a common mexican dish (at least in our neighborhood), charolazo

TJ
Community Member
2 months ago

Truth...it's like a michelada that's loaded

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Im_Crazy
Community Member
2 months ago

what a horrible mess

IlovemydogShilo
Community Member
2 months ago

My dog threw up the other day. It looked more appetising than this.

Zayd Long
Community Member
2 months ago

Uhhhhhhhhhhh I’m traumatized

Black Panther
Community Member
2 months ago

🤮🤮🤮

Anouk
Community Member
2 months ago

Why?

Mollie Mills
Community Member
2 months ago

It's just a mess!

Cip IESAN
Community Member
2 months ago

Just wash carefully all the beer cans and enjoy!

Dawn K
Community Member
2 months ago

That is just gross. Looks like they retrieved it from the garbage.

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
2 months ago

Gasp!

Laura Schiller
Community Member
2 months ago

Bad night at the Cafe Modelo...

MAKtheknife
Community Member
2 months ago

I would retch if they brought that to me.

Mike Mischak
Community Member
2 months ago

Love the added flavor of mouse pee on the beer cans.

Annamay
Community Member
2 months ago

Garbage

Jeremy Porter
Community Member
2 months ago

Shrimp?

Tiffany
Community Member
2 months ago

Yuck. Yuck. Yuck.

Sharon Ingram
Community Member
2 months ago

Some of those shrimp aren't even cooked!

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
2 months ago

A massacre :O

Mia
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like chunky barf.

Samantha Robinson
Community Member
2 months ago

The beers are for after the meal so that you can get blind drunk and forget what you just ate.

jamie1707
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like garbage.

Iggy
Community Member
2 months ago

It looks like some bins got knocked over in an alley.

Tabitha L
Community Member
2 months ago

This is the least appetizing so far. Even worse than the hand chicken for me.

Chris Longski
Community Member
2 months ago

Any beer in the cans ?

María Sabelli
Community Member
2 months ago

WTF???

Theresa Snaith
Community Member
2 months ago

Who serves this slop?

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh look, a new way to recycle beer cans!!!

Dawn K
Community Member
2 months ago

That is just gross! Looks like they retrieved it from the garbage.

Minnie-me
Community Member
2 months ago

vomited in ma mouth

Elizabeth Molloy
Community Member
2 months ago

Are you f*****g kidding?!?

Stephanie Did It
Community Member
2 months ago

"Time to bus the tables, Charlie, we need more used beer cans for the food"

Knob
Community Member
2 months ago

gross

Night Owl
Community Member
2 months ago

Ewww

Yuccababy
Community Member
2 months ago

Hobo chic!

serenagun
Community Member
2 months ago

ewwww

Softsquatch
Community Member
2 months ago

looks like something tracy emin would do

⚞ Katniss Everdeen ⚟
Community Member
2 months ago

actually might just be cooked in beer cans. I've had chicken prepared that way, it's quite good and acutally a legitimate way to flavour food.

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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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