30 Comparisons Of The Food Restaurants Serve vs. How It’s Advertised

When you don’t have any expectations, you can’t get disappointed. But when there’s an advertisement for a delicious meal shoved right up in your face but you get served a big pile of cheap-looking cooking, you can’t help but get angry.

Nobody expects picture-perfect food at restaurants. However, some of these meals are so incomparable to their ads, Bored Panda just had to show you side-by-side examples. Check them out below, upvote the most egregious cuisine lies, and let us know about the times when a restaurant has made you swear like a souped-up version of Gordon Ramsay.

We’re not talking just about fast food here. Restaurants in seemingly good standing are also known to violate the most basic tenet of human relations ever: don’t mess with someone’s food. (Though, come to think of it, can you really expect anything good from places that have pictures of food on their menus? Kidding! Haha! Just kidding! Please don’t hurt me, Picture Menu Restaurant Mafia.)

#1 My “Cookies And Cream Stuffed French Toast” From Ihop

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#2 I Ordered Bruschetta From My Local Pizza Shop

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#3 This Steak Salad That Looks Nothing Like It’s Advertised

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As I see it, there are two main problems when it comes to sloppy reality being far from the picture-perfect gourmet meals you expect to receive. And they have a lot to do with our expectations. The problems are all about the actual cooking standards and the way food adverts can raise our expectations too high.

The first issue is very human: sometimes, the people making your food don’t ‘five a guck’ about what you’ll get served or they mess up and decide to put the meals out anyway. They might be overworked and burned out. Or they might be lazy and inattentive.

The solution here is simple (and incredibly hard at the same time)—the kitchen staff need to find the inner motivation to take pride in their work. Meanwhile, management needs to maintain acceptable standards. If you wouldn’t eat something you make, why would you expect your customer to? It’s better for the food to be late but presentable instead of rushed and disappointing.

#4 Cheese Fries From Buffalo Wild Wings

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#5 Subway Pizza

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#6 Burger King Grill Dog Cheddar And Bacon

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The second problem, however, is directly related to how things are advertised. What you see on the menus are the ‘perfect’ versions of meals that restaurants want you to see. While some restaurants go for amateur snaps, others go all out and hire professional food stylists to turn grub into glamor shots.

Food styling is an art. Pros can end up using a whole array of tools, from tweezers and tape to blowtorches and paint. So when you take so much time and effort to create a work of art, can somebody in the kitchen who is under pressure really deliver something that’s comparable? Sometimes? Yes! Always? Dear Lord, no.

#7 Menu vs. What They Served Me. No, Millennials Didn’t Kill Appleby’s, They Committed Suicide

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#8 Part Of A $3.50 School Lunch. Picture On The Menu And What Was Served

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#9 This Is So Outrageous

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#10 A Texas Sized Disappointment

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#11 Taco Bell’s Grande Stacker Box

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#12 The 3 Pieces Of Lettuce Was A Nice Touch I Guess

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#13 Grilled Salmon At The Mall Food Court

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#14 Dreams Were Dashed At The Airport

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#15 Expectation vs. 2020

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#16 Taco Bell, I Try To Love You, So Why Do You Treat Me This Way??

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#17 Restaurant’s Charcuterie Board As Advertised vs. What I Got

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#18 Damn, I Am So Looking Forward To Eating This Delicious Burger With Copious Amounts Of Guacamole, Just As Advertised, And Then- Oh Wait..

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#19 Jack In The Box Tacos

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#20 Tim Hortons New Fruit Loop Donuts

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#21 Fungi Toastie From Subway

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#22 Arby’s Bacon Beef ‘N Cheddar

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#23 The Tempura Green Beans Looked Delicious On The Menu. I Think They Fell A Smidge Short

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#24 Thanks KFC, Totally What I Expected

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#25 The Burger I Ordered Tonight

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#26 I Know It’s Airline Food, But Sweet Baby Jesus United Airlines, Why Would You Let Someone Pay $10 For This?…

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#27 So I Bought This New Burger From Burger K!ng…

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#28 This Is Why You Check Your Food Before You Leave The Restaurant…

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#29 The Pico De Gallo Burger At Whataburger

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#30 When Reality Doesn’t Meet Expectations

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