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?
Eggs Benedict In A Mold Of Someone’s JawPhoto: Metaweb / GNU Free Documentation License
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.44062Is this just weird?
Mango Dumpling Served On A Crushed Shweppes CanPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
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.38153Is this just weird?
Tiny Pancakes On A Tree BranchPhoto: Metaweb / CC-BY
You have to admit, this is an almost clever way to recycle all those Christmas trees tossed out after the holiday season. But then you think about how this branch may have held a nest of its own at some point, and the pancakes look less like food and more like fatalities.34444Is this just weird?
Dessert On A Dog BonePhoto: flickr / CC0
Nothing says fine dining like eating off of your dog's favorite toy. God forbid it's a dog-friendly establishment, because Fido will have a hard time registering why you're using his stuff to stuff yourself.31538Is this just weird?