Weird Things Hipster Restaurants Use Instead Of Plates

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Vote up the plates that serve no purpose, much less your food.

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?


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    396 VOTES

    Tater Tots In A Real Shoe

    Tater Tots In A Real Shoe
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY

    One of two unacceptable things happened here: either A. this restaurant wasted an entirely good shoe for their aesthetic, or B. this restaurant provides used shoes to its customers. How do they not realize each scenario is either wasteful or disgusting, respectively? Those tots are definitely getting an extra layer of seasoning nobody ordered.

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    433 VOTES

    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. 

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    313 VOTES

    Dessert On A Dog Bone

    Dessert On A Dog Bone
    Photo: 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.

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    345 VOTES

    Tiny Pancakes On A Tree Branch

    Tiny Pancakes On A Tree Branch
    Photo: 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.