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
9 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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Truth Monster
Community Member
9 months 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
9 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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Ani Archeron
Community Member
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months ago

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

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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
9 months ago

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

Hamilton Lover
Community Member
9 months ago

Agreed!

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Hugh Cookson
Community Member
9 months ago

To be fair, and speaking as a retired Chef with 35 years experience, I have been known to bake bread in terra cotta plant pots (clean, of course) - looks interesting and actually crusts really well !!

Candace Fitzpatrick
Community Member
9 months ago

Your last name is Cookson and you were a chef? That is absolutely fantastic! You must’ve come from a long line of chefs!

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
9 months ago

It's cute

Catlady6000
Community Member
9 months ago

A favorite potluck dessert is "Dirt." Preferably a glass bowl so you can see the layers, Crushed Oreos, chocolate and/or vanilla pudding in alternate layers, with the top layer crushed Oreos. Gummy worms on top and throughput, with a few hanging over the side. Even the adult children love it!

Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
9 months ago

This actually isn't bad.

Anne
Community Member
9 months ago

It's stunning..

deanna woods
Community Member
9 months ago

I actually had to do something like this when I was a little girl in Campfire. It usually involves oreos and gummy worms.

Adrienne Early
Community Member
9 months ago

"How did they come up with this? " Dirt cake has been a thing for like 30 years.

Lady Snowfall
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

Right? I thought this was common knowledge. Not being snotty, this is just something that was common at birthday parties and holidays when I was growing up. You could use edible flowers or plastic.

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Phoenix
Community Member
9 months ago

If the plant isn’t real and the pots clean this is actually pretty cool.

Sandra Givens
Community Member
9 months ago

It's the classic kids' dessert Worms in Dirt for grownups.

Bender Bending Rodríguez
Community Member
9 months ago

I don't see problem with the pot if everything else was clean and edible minus the plant.

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
9 months ago

My family has been making this for over 20 years. We call it dirt. Pudding on the bottom with crushed oreos. Don't forget the gummy worms.

Diane Phillips-Herman
Community Member
9 months ago

And you can serve it in a new beach pail with a little shovel.

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mr. t-rex
Community Member
9 months ago

TIRAMISU IS DELICIOUS lemme just tell everyone that

Who? Me?
Community Member
9 months ago

Jealous Groot noises

Kimberley McMillan
Community Member
9 months ago

We do this at halloween parties with my girl guides using pudding and gummy worms. It's called dirt n' worms.

Amy Watson
Community Member
9 months ago

We used to do this with chocolate pudding, crushed oreos, and gummy worms or gummy bugs. Sometimes there'd be candy-coated chocolate rocks. It was called "mud pie" and it was the "kid dessert" at a lot of our family reunions.

Peter Shen
Community Member
9 months ago

imaging a random person coming by and see this

dido74
Community Member
9 months ago

Not new ... This is the same as the 1990s “dirt cake”.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
9 months ago

It looks like the "worm in the mud" I used to make for my kids. Gummy worms crawling out of chocolate pudding.

Faith Hurst
Community Member
9 months ago

Been making Dirt cake like this forever.

Faith Hurst
Community Member
9 months ago

That's how we have been making dirt cake for decades.

Patricia Bell
Community Member
9 months ago

Never heard of Dirt Cake? Can be served with gummie worms, a big hit with kids.

Patricia Bell
Community Member
9 months ago

Never heard of dirt cake? Same idea, can serve with gummie worms.

Susan Egan
Community Member
9 months ago

This is a traditional joke dessert called dirt. It's been put in many an odd container sometimes with gummy worms added.

Virginia Patterson Shepard
Community Member
9 months ago

I have seen this with gummy worms.

M Kate McCulloch
Community Member
9 months ago

kids birthday parties with mud pies for desert. We always use crushed oreos for dirt .

Annamay
Community Member
9 months ago

I would still be waiting for my dessert

AliJanx
Community Member
9 months ago

They came up with the idea from every...single...sorority...rush...parties...ever.

Mari Fletcher
Community Member
9 months ago

I don't think that plant is edible.... not cool

Donna Leske
Community Member
9 months ago

I'm tellin' you right now; clay is porous. No way that is sanitary.

VeryOddMother
Community Member
9 months ago

It looks like a grown-up version of "dirt for dessert". First time I ever experienced such a thing was almost 30 years ago on a children's menu at a local restaurant, it was a little plastic dump truck with a cookie topped with ice cream, which were covered in chocolate cookie and brownie crumbs. My daughter loved it (and yes, she got to keep the truck!)

Hamilton Lover
Community Member
9 months ago

It looks kinda cool

Andrée-Anne Martel
Community Member
9 months ago

I love tiramisu but the scratch of a fork on terracotta pots makes my tooth bleeds

Lydia Coy
Community Member
9 months ago

Pretty

Momma Panda
Community Member
9 months ago

I blame Heston Blumenthal for that idea

Vikash Kumar
Community Member
9 months ago

🤔🤔🤔🤔

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
9 months ago

Is that a real plant or is it edible? Is the pot edible? If it is I might approve.

Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
9 months ago

I Like this one. Although it could be easily served in a ceramic vase. And nicer to the view.

Lonnie Facchina
Community Member
7 months ago

This was my version for halloween one year: IMGP7075-6...91fe49.jpg IMGP7075-602706191fe49.jpg

Javiera Gotelli
Community Member
7 months ago

Only an american would add thar horsecrap named oreo's to tiramisu, since they're used to bastardize and disrespect other cultures. No wonder they're mostly obese.

Laura Stenger
Community Member
7 months ago

Me too...cool that is!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
9 months ago (edited)

Picture orange slice palm trees on candy cane sticks standing on a rock candy Island. $30.00

Alina
Community Member
9 months ago

I hope the flowerpot is biscuit, otherwise a real ceramic one — gross

Elizabeth Graham
Community Member
9 months ago

Dirt box cakes from the 1980s & early 1990s, is my guess for the "inspiration"....

Варела Несабака
Community Member
9 months ago

cake "mom's favorite flower" (COCOCO Group restaurants in Saint-Petersburg) 494f1444df...dc353d.jpg 494f1444dfc2f65bfbfaf7ec02dfa515-5fd8ce8dc353d.jpg

Варела Несабака
Community Member
9 months ago

cake "mom's favorite flower" (COCOCO Group restaurants in Saint-Petersburg) 494f1444df...13773e.jpg 494f1444dfc2f65bfbfaf7ec02dfa515-5fd8ce713773e.jpg

Valeri Smirnov
Community Member
9 months ago

cake mom's favorite flower (COCOCO group restaurants in Saint-Petersburg) 494f1444df...3d6835.jpg 494f1444dfc2f65bfbfaf7ec02dfa515-5fd8cbf3d6835.jpg

ionitunes
Community Member
9 months ago

That is old. I remember seeing that served at parties in the 1980s or '90s.

Mary Lovill
Community Member
9 months ago

Wall-e is probably still looking for his plant..

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
9 months ago

Can you eat the leaves too?

Lady Snowfall
Community Member
9 months ago

We used pots that were glazed on the inside, so nothing leaches. It would be a whipped chocolate mousse, sometimes layered with angel food cake, covered in crushed oreos, then edible or plastic flowers.

Ophelia Vandergurgleduffen
Community Member
9 months ago

Dirt cake.

Little letitia
Community Member
9 months ago

Edible mint leaves would be bette r though

Pavlina G
Community Member
9 months ago

Why......

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
9 months ago

Clever, I'll be amazed :D

Lili
Community Member
9 months ago

But is the pot also edible?

glowworm2
Community Member
9 months ago

This one's fine with me. As long as the pot is clean, this is creative and appropriate.

Anouk
Community Member
9 months ago

I've seen something like this done before and it's quite cool but....not sure about the chipped pot. Doesn't look very hygienic.

Rowlie
Community Member
9 months ago

Tira-mess-u

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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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 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
9 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
9 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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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months ago

What are these monstrosities?

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#21

$37 “Butter Shrimp”

$37 “Butter Shrimp”

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Rowlie
Community Member
9 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
9 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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Anne
Community Member
9 months 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
9 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
9 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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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 months 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
9 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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Young Minami Kotaro
Community Member
9 months ago

WHY???

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