Dear bars and restaurants, we do genuinely appreciate how hard you try to impress us. After the pandemic hit, it has been a continuous struggle to save your business and attract both workers and clients. So it’s only normal to put that extra bit of effort into everything, from the thoughtful playlist to premium Marseille soap in the bathroom.
Some restaurant owners and chefs take the dining experience up to the next level and come up with very ingenious ways to serve their food. Think of starters served straight on the table, croquettes served in an iron mask and no, I am not kidding.
Thanks to the internet’s beloved We Want Plates project founded by Ross McGinnes back in 2015, we now have a crazy collection of absurd food servings to scroll through. “It’s the global crusade against serving food on bits of wood and roof slates, chips in mugs and drinks in jam jars,” says its description and hey, thanks for the public service, you guys.
#1 Multi-Flavor Pizza Served In A Tire
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#2 This Rose Flavored Chocolate Dessert That You Have To Lick Off Your Hands! (Miami)
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#3 The Croquette In The Iron Mask
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Previously Bored Panda spoke with Ross McGinnes, the founder of the ‘We Want Plates’ community. Ross started the campaign in 2015 after a friend posted a picture of an average-sized steak on Facebook, which had been served to him on a large chopping board.
“It was captioned, unironically, ‘That is a big meal!’ It wasn’t a big meal—he’d fallen for all this style-over-content hipster gastropub nonsense,” he recounted. Then, Ross searched Twitter for an account which would allow him to vent his spleen with like-minded people, but he found nothing. That’s how We Want Plates was created. Today, the project has 900,000 followers across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Reddit.
#4 Breakfast In A Egg Carton
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#5 On A Cleaver…
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#6 The Juices Dripped Onto My Legs Through That Nice Crack In The Board
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McGinnes also noted that some restaurants put food on strange things because they want to try to impress their customers. Sometimes, that turns against them. “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 to try the food—it was to whip out their phones and take a picture.”
#7 Friend’s Mother Went To A Restaurant And Got A Glass Of Pasta! Upside Down!
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#8 Friend Of Mine Went To A Restaurant And Their Starter Came In A Book
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#9 A Bottle Of Fish
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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,” Ross told us. He remembered sitting there one Sunday, watching bench after garish bench emerge from the kitchen like a technicolor carnival of idiocy, before his usual roast arrived.
#10 Dinner With A Side Of Tetanus Anyone?
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#11 Our Corn Chips Came In A Rusty Bucket
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#12 You Could Order Barbie Meat At A Chinese Hot Pot Restaurant My Sis-In-Law Went To Last Night
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“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.”
Ross recounted that before you know it, everyone’s doing the same ‘quirky’ thing. “Except it’s not ‘quirky’ anymore because you can’t move for mini picnic benches and now all their roast dinners are rubbish to boot,” he told us.
#13 A Friend Ordered Tiramisu In Scotland. Why Sugar The Lid?
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#14 So I Went To Alinea This Weekend
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#15 Pasta, Sauce, Bread. In A Wire Cone
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#16 So This Is Supposed To Be The Best Way To Eat Caviar…
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#17 Lunch Served On A Heavy Stone? I Felt Bad For My Server Who Had To Carry It
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#18 Reject Modernity, Embrace Tradition
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#19 Removing Splinters With Greasy Fingers
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#20 An Actual Non Stick Pan, Instead Of A Plate
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#22 Quality Postmodernism
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#23 Flattened Chips Due To The Weight
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#24 Steak Pie In A Jar…
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#25 My Meal Was Served In A Folded License Plate. I Mean I Guess It Is A Plate In A Way
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#26 I’d Send This Back. This Replaced An Amazing Restaurant In My Town That Was Killed By Covid
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#27 This Would Be Embarrassing
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#28 Giving New Meaning To The “Onion Dip”
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#29 Kids Food On Dvd-Case (Photo From Restaurants Own Page)
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#30 Soup In A Laboratory Flask
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#31 So I Heard You Guys Like Seepage
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#32 Soup In A Burnt Cabbage
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#33 Pasta Flight, Ended Up Everywhere
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#34 Aah Yes, I Finally Experienced The Classic Shovel Plate
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#35 We Want Tables?
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#36 2 Scallops On Seashells Placed On Top Of Fake Grass, Real Rocks And All On Top Of A Log
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#37 Twigs And Moss
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#38 I Guess We Are Serving Fish On Fish Bones?!
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#39 This Isn’t What We Mea-
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#40 I Guess The Chicken Wings Are… Flying?
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#41 Plates Shouldn’t Fall Over When You Stab Them With A Fork
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#42 Not One, But Two Pans And A Cutting Board
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#43 My Boyfriends Ice-Cream Came In A Little Metal Tub, But Mine Came In A Little Plastic Wheelbarrow
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#44 Crepes Served As Babushka Barbe
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#45 Jelly And Cream In A Straw
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#46 In An Ad For A New Greek Place In Town. Yummy, I Love My Hand-Torn Bread Served To Me On A Round Stone Covered In Paste
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#47 My “Flying“ Noodles. They Where Cold Within A Minute
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#48 The Meat Juice Fell Off The Side And Stained My Jeans
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#49 Not Even The Same Size Of Skillet
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#50 Hot Dogs In A Dog Bowl
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#51 We Thought That They Allowed Dogs Here Until We Realized That The Bowls Are For Us!
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#52 “How Do You Want Your Chocolate Mousse? Clean Or Dirty?” Paris, France
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#53 It’s Called El Ultimo Baño (The Last Bath). Roasted Whole Quail In Foamy Broth And A Piece Of Spongy Bread. It Was Pretty Meh-Tasting. Once Won The City’s Weekly Tapas Award. (Bar Is Called Depikofino)
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#54 This Is Aggravating
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#55 Uhm.. How Do I Drink It..?
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#56 Everyday We Stray Further From God’s Light
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#57 I Swear, It’s A Chocolate Mousse And Pop-Corn On A Wooden Board….
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#58 Not What I Meant When I Said ‘A Pallet Of Food’
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#59 Tonka Truck Full Of Wings
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#60 Pot Of Yoghurt And Some Bread In A Box Of Inedible Rocks
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#61 Berries Straight From The Tree
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#62 It’s Like They Heard People Like Ribs But Didn’t Really Grasp It
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#63 Medusa Calamari?
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#64 $12 Gin & Tonic
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#65 Shoe Boba (Not Mine, Found It On Twitter)
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#66 I Ordered A Cocktail, I Got A Salad
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#67 We Got Appetizers Served On A Tray Full Of Stones
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#68 The Kid’s Meal At The Big Texan Served In A Hat. The 7 Year Old Recipient States, “Yeah, This Is Kinda Weird, Dad….”
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#69 Chicharrones.. Served On Animal Skull They Even Have A Plate Right There..
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#70 Yeah I’ll Have Some Brisket On The Rocks Please
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#71 Fries Served In A Small Trash Bin
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#72 My Friend Sent Me This Picture
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#73 We Want Cups. Mai Tai In A Spam Can. Sea-Tac Airport
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#74 I Was Reading A Review Of A Spanish Restaurant And This Come Up….
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#75 Just Put It On A Plate, This Presentation Adds Nothing
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#76 Apple Pie And Whip Cream In Pots
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#77 Nearly Bought This Watering Can For My Daughters Mini Cacti Until I Read The Label
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#78 Cocktail In A Takeout Box. Only A Little Leaky
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#79 I Just Thought You Guys Were No Fun, But I Get It Now….
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#80 A Pizza On A Board That’s Too Small. Cutting It Was A Challenge
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#81 Emergency Room Margarita
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#82 Saw This In An Ad On Facebook – Who Doesn’t Like Their Sashimi In A Tipped Over Wine Glass
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#83 Fish Tacos For Two, On A Cutting Board…
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#84 Onion Rings And Gravy On A Stone Slab!
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#85 Calamari In A Box, Pasta In A Pan. The North End In Boston
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#86 I’m A Cow Now
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#87 The Menu Specifically Called It A Charcuterie Plate
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#88 They Call This A “Sushi Cupcake Ferris Wheel”
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#89 Onion Rings Served On An Oil Funnel
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#90 Two, Put Your Beef In That Box
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#91 My Breakfast Came On A Shovel… What’s Next?
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#92 I Was So Hungry For Cake That I Didn’t Realize Until Mid-Way Through That I Got Served In A F*cking Tile
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#93 From An Instagram Ad. Just…wow
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#94 Went To A Fancy Cocktailbar Just To Get My Bloody Mary In An Old Tomato Can. Also Spotted Someone Getting A Whole Pineapple Instead Of A Glass
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#95 Some Cutlery Would Be Nice Aswell..
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#96 Fiancée Said “Do You Think I’m Allowed To Put Ketchup Directly On The Cutting Board?”
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#97 Decent In Comparison To Some Of The Sh*t I’ve Seen But Damn Just Give Me A Damn Plate!
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#98 What The Hell Is This Crap?
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#99 Deep Fried Mushroom On A Ceramic Log
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