It takes a bold establishment to defy the dining etiquette of the plate and insert things used as plates in their stead. In the past decade, cities around the country have witnessed an explosion of hipster-chic restaurants who place their "locally sourced, cage-free" on alternative substitutes for plates. In reality, you just spent $17 to eat quinoa out of a used coffee filter, all in the name of new-age consumerism and food fusion.
If all the kitchens of the world were ran like any of these restaurants, you'd get your sandwiches served on a bicycle seat and kale salads stuffed into a hollowed-out copy of Infinite Jest. While it's unclear if these plate alternatives are a misguided attempt at being fashionable or some kind of confused plea for help, the anti-plate movement receives a lot of backlash from the Internet community. The subreddit /r/wewantplates documents the worst plate substitutes and expose the restaurants who take this practice too far. Bon appetit, maybe?
Mango Dumpling Served On A Crushed Shweppes Can
Some might say being served food on an actual piece of garbage might qualify as the worst meal they’ve ever had. Now, what if that meal cost $215 and was served at a Michelin star restaurant? At that point you'd probably throw your food and you waiter into the trash.
English Breakfast In A Shovel
In a little restaurant on the British Isle of Man, ordering a “fireman’s breakfast” is akin to saying “I want breakfast, but cook it in a shovel.” The shovel itself also arrives served on a plate, because apparently the shovel is too dirty to touch the table, but not your food.
Eggs Benedict In A Mold Of Someone’s Jaw
Like something out of a horror film, this mold of someone's jaw acting as a plate gets way too meta. You're eating your egg out of someone's mouth, someone who too could be named Benedict.
Sandwiches On Tennis Rackets
Even if this place is across the street from a tennis court, who would want to eat off a racket? It’s like serving soup out of a football helmet, or flank steak out of a used jockstrap. Plus, the handles over the edge are basically booby traps set for the poor server who missteps and sends your meal hurling into someone else's lap.