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
10 months ago

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

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
10 months ago

Well tbh the server doesn't look very excited about doing this either

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
10 months ago

Why would they do that? It makes it more difficult to eat and will spread absolutely all over the place. Ridiculous idea.

deanna woods
Community Member
10 months ago

Is this one of those cool new age places that tries to be different and only ends up being weird?

Catlady6000
Community Member
10 months ago

There used to be this thing called a dump party or dump dinner where I used to live. You wrap the table in butcher paper, as shown here, and now just....dump the food directly on the paper in front of each person. The one I went to was all grilled or boiled and strained food. Crawfish, chicken, huge shrimp, broccoli, small red potatoes, corn, etc with a pat of butter and a swirl of sauces at the top of each "setting." It helped we were all warned ahead of time and everything was steaming hot when it hit the table. It really turned out to be a fun time and delicious food.

Lili
Community Member
10 months ago

Problem is, this looks like a fancy restaurant.

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Loki’s Lil Butter Knife
Community Member
10 months ago

I can't tell if the guy in the bottom photo is staring longingly at the waitress and admiring her beauty or is having a profound existential crisis and questioning why the hell said waitress is slopping a pile of cold noodles and sauce on the table.

Dark Side of the Loom
Community Member
10 months ago

Love the bibs! Here in Belgium it is a not so uncommon fun dinner party among students or young people, that's called "spaghetti on the table", and that you have to eat without any cutlery ;)

AALIYAH UMOREN
Community Member
10 months ago

hey pandas this is very random but today is my birthday can't really do anything because of covid but at least i can spend time with my family on christmas i hope you do to

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
10 months ago

Happy Birthday AALIYAH UMOREN! I sure hope you will get to have a nice dinner with your family today too, and one that is served on actual plates.

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Dana Grunwald
Community Member
10 months ago

But.... why??

Zophra
Community Member
10 months ago

Is that on table linen? No... maybe a plastic sheet on the table linen.

Catlady6000
Community Member
10 months ago

Probably butcher paper

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Shelp
Community Member
10 months ago

I don't get it?

Laughinmydreams
Community Member
10 months ago

Nope.

𝕥𝕠𝕒𝕤𝕥
Community Member
10 months ago

Plot twist, it's not actually a restaurant but instead a CIA torture method experimentation facility

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
10 months ago

Ewwww unclean unclean

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
10 months ago

For Real!! NO plates ??

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
10 months ago

What the hell!!!!

Tahani
Community Member
10 months ago

I would walk out

TheWitchNaru
Community Member
10 months ago

Gross

Panda with Heart
Community Member
10 months ago

Nope!

Faramir10
Community Member
10 months ago

Absolutely not!

jamie1707
Community Member
10 months ago

no.

Robert Charles
Community Member
6 months ago

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Marie
Community Member
9 months ago

And after that they do what, put the whole table in the dishwasher? Ewwww...

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
10 months ago

And I thought a bon fire with hot dogs on a wire was bold.

Theresa Snaith
Community Member
10 months ago

Ewwwwww

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
10 months ago

Is that on the tablecloth???

okpkpkp
Community Member
10 months ago

barbaric

matthew owen
Community Member
10 months ago

I wouldn't pay, I'd just get up and leave.

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
10 months ago

For real !! NO plates ??

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
10 months ago

Is their dishwasher broken?

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
10 months ago

Is their dishwasher broken?

lana6335
Community Member
10 months ago

Served the pasta on the table? Really?! 😱

Annamay
Community Member
10 months ago

Not finding the words.

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
10 months ago

One way to save on having fewer dishes to clean afterwords.

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
10 months ago

but... WHY?

Shiny J
Community Member
10 months ago

Even if this was on a plate, this is not how you serve any pasta dish - you would mix it with the sauce first.

Wilson Pickett
Community Member
10 months ago

WTF??

weatherwitch
Community Member
10 months ago

That's just hideous, gross and seems appallingly unhygienic!!

Sanne H.
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

We did something like this with the cub scouts (around 7 years old) during a camp. In addition, the kids (and staff members) were supposed to eat with their hands. It was great and it resulted in very funny pictures! But I admit that in a restaurant I would most likely not appreciate it.

Donna Leske
Community Member
10 months ago

How does that pass with the Board of Health?

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
10 months ago

Pasta La Linen...

Vanta Black
Community Member
10 months ago

Paper plates? They're cheap, and can be recycled.

Hamilton Lover
Community Member
10 months ago

Ewww

Jane Doe
Community Member
10 months ago

Thank goodness no one asked for the lobster with claw crackers

Spill Da Tea
Community Member
10 months ago

During Covid thooooo... 🙄🤮😷

Abraxas
Community Member
10 months ago

I can hardly beliefe any grown up would go to a restaurant, wearing a bib(!) and getting served like this. Ridiculous.

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm gonna need more bologna please :)

Dhandyline Camingao
Community Member
10 months ago

Where the F****n plate?

Doughnut Drizzle
Community Member
10 months ago

ewww

あんぱんまん
Community Member
10 months ago

did they run out of plates?!

Anouk
Community Member
10 months ago

Surely the cost of trying to get spaghetti sauce out of tablecloths every time must be way more expensive than washing plates? Oh, and also....eeeuw for hygiene - serving food on fabric? Bleeegh.

Jessica Bertram
Community Member
10 months ago

oh, no, that's butcher paper, my dear! not fabric at all. It will be discarded after each table leaves. STILL SUPER GROSS THOUGH

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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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 months 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago

What are these monstrosities?

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#21

$37 “Butter Shrimp”

$37 “Butter Shrimp”

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Rowlie
Community Member
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 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
10 months ago

WHY???

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