Instead, they do things like fill wine glasses with cake or serve you your food in plastic stacking crates. Is it because that’s just the best way for them to do things? Do they want to get people talking about their servings? Is it all about doing something that’s against the norm? We may never know.
No Eating at the Library
What's for lunch? A few fine-looking sandwiches, a bottle of milk...a glass of wine, a pot of tea. There are also what appear to be scones and some things that are trapped inside glass jars. The entire thing has been delivered inside a small, fetching bookcase, but a bookcase without books just doesn't look right.
Our verdict: hipster. From the state of the classic teapots and the items that are used to deliver the food, such as the glass milk bottle, this is trying to hearken back to a time long ago. Here's a hint: glass jars = hipster at a very high rate.
A Delicious Glass of Frosting
There are two types of people in the world: those who like cake, and those who need to get over themselves. Whatever restaurant we're peeking in on now – and we want to go there, right now – has figured out the best way to do things.
There are glasses filled with something, covered in sprinkles and candy, and topped with moist, delicious-looking cake. The frosting is smooth and thick (it looks a little like fondant, and we're big fans of that here). The one thing we keep coming back to here is: what is inside the glass? Let us know if you have a guess. Our verdict: just trying something new.
We Aren't Going to Argue
The verdict for this one is obvious: This is a marketing tactic, and it's working. A scotch egg is essentially a boiled egg in a sausage meat wrap, covered in breadcrumbs, and then either baked or deep-fried.
This establishment has taken this classic dish one step further, jamming a piece of crispy bacon in the center of the yolk. The trophy it's presented in declares it the world's best scotch egg, and unless someone else comes up with a better-looking example, consider us willing to shell out for our own trophy, as long as we get to enjoy what looks like a very tasty item.
And It Only Cost Sixty Dollars
Well, someone is trying to be fancy. Let's see, let's take a look, let's find out what we're getting here: There is a half of a lemon(?) that has been...grilled? Or drizzled with a sauce of some unknown variety. Not too bad, we guess. Then there is a shot glass that has, uh, olive oil.
Then there is a collection of dice – oh, sorry, it's cheese. Then there's a wine glass that is upside down, the bowl is full of vegetables, and the bottom is topped with sliced red onions. This isn't a meal; this is an art piece.
Is This Where Lady Gaga Got the Idea?
Have you ever wondered what eating a piece of clothing would be like? Probably not. But on the off-chance you have, why not go to whatever restaurant this is and eat strips of raw beef off of a child's doll? Oh, hold on, the police are calling.
Yes, this is certainly a strange way to present a meal, but darn if that doesn't look like some Grade A meat. Just look at that marbling! Very nice. The doll looks ready to party, too. Still, stop it. Don't serve food on a doll. Cook it properly and serve it with noodles, like proper people like to eat.
The Carnival Classic
If you've ever been to the United Kingdom or to certain places on the continent, you know that fish and chips are a big part of roadside food. If you're stopping in on this food shop, you have the good fortune of enjoying the classic carby treat that is built to look just like a fair ride that we've all enjoyed at one time or another.
Give it a spin and grab a piece of hot fish. Our verdict for this one is that the people selling it wanted to bump their presentation up a notch, and they looked out the window to see, perhaps, the London Eye.
I Just Wanted a Glass of Orange Juice
For this one, we're going to go with hipsters. If you order a glass of orange juice – truly, one of the best ways to prove that God loves us – you want a glass that has ORANGE JUICE in it, delivered to the table.
If we wanted to squeeze oranges to get a third of an inch of juice, we wouldn't have sat down at a table with our friends (squints at name tag) Kayleigh. And we most certainly would not have paid nine dollars for it, either. Also, please explain the small packet of something that is in front of the squeezer. We just want answers.
Another Classic English Treat
Fried eggs, fried sausage, beans, mushrooms, a little bit of hash – good stuff. An English breakfast has been filling the bellies of hardworking farmers and tradesmen for decades or even centuries, but we doubt that they have ever seen their favorite food arrayed in such a way on a shovel.
Does the shovel have the full handle? Because that would make serving the food on the table kind of tough. Still, if someone presented this food to us, we wouldn't care what kind of item it came on. Hold the mushrooms, please.
He's Eyeing the Steak House Across the Street
This one was tough. The presentation makes us think hipster – a single strawberry cut in half, placed on a tiny chair. But the rest of the table makes us think upscale frou-frou establishment that puts too much thought into its presentation and not enough thought into the fact a that A SINGLE STRAWBERRY CUT IN HALF AND PUT ON A TINY CHAIR IS NOT A MEAL.
Now, if it was the aperitif or something of that nature, then we could handle it. Or maybe this is like those mints you get at the end—something to cleanse the palate.
Don't Look at Us. We Don't Know.
This is a weird one, especially since most of the tables here look perfectly natural. The faded wood and thinness of the table speaks hipster to us, but other than that, liquids are in glasses, coffee is in cups, and meals are on plates.
And then there is a pompadoured porcelain horse head, too. Is that a dessert? Is it just decoration? If it is food, what the heck kind of food is it? Cotton candy? Is the entire head a cake, and the pink mane is frosting? How much did that monstrosity cost? The questions keep coming, and they aren't likely to stop.
This Might Not Even Be Part of the Meal
Okay, from the ground up — a bowl that has something in it (unknown), a small piece of cloth, a pair of silver spoons that each have a single, whole, black olive, and a real-yet-miniature olive tree.
Is this something that diners paid for, or is there one on every table? The fact that there are real olives makes us think the former, but a tree? Those are usually pretty decorative. Do you eat the tree, too? Maybe you get to take it home. That would be kind of cool. The woman in the back has a suspiciously wedding-style dress. Is that related? Is this from a fancy wedding?
Delicious and Nutritious
We all enjoy a cup of fancy joe every now and again, but sometimes we lack the right vitamins to get us through the day. One enterprising shop has come up with the perfect solution: coffee in a carrot.
You can not only get a perk-up in the morning, but once the coffee is down, you crunch in on one of the healthiest foods around. Did you know carrots have more potassium than bananas? It's true! They also have fiber, vitamin A, calcium, and vitamin K, as well as lots of minerals and antioxidants.
From the Palm of My Hand
It took a little bit of looking, but we've figured out what it is that's going on here. They filled a latex glove with water and stuck it in the freezer – or they have a REALLY specific mold – and then took the glove off, piled it with rabbit food, and presented it to you in a small bowl.
It's a cool idea, honestly, but having the ice be in the shape of a hand is a little freaky. Plus, there are some veggies as part of that “salad” that we have never even seen before. Take it back to the drawing board, fellas.
Even for those that don't like salads that much, a Caesar salad is a favorite. Delicious, tangy dressing, croutons, fresh lettuce – as well as occasional extras like shredded cheese and chicken. It's a good time. This restaurant, however, didn't feel like putting too much effort into the presentation.
Unless there is something the lettuce is hiding, they just took a few leaves, jammed it straight into some old bread, and then added a little dish of dressing. Pretty clearly, it's part of a larger meal if those barely visible cloches are any indication. At least you can get the right amount of dressing without too much hassle.
If you get a headache or some dizziness while looking at this picture, you aren't alone. It's nearly impossible to tell how big this chicken-clogged staircase actually is from this picture.
The items in the background make it seem like it's not very big... but then you take a closer look. Are those full-size chickens? No, it couldn't be. What about the cupboard that has bowls of dipping sauce? And then there are the veggies that look like full-size pieces of lettuce. We're reeling here. Just... just get us to a chair and let us rest for a bit. Put our heads between our legs.
This Is Part of an Aquarium
Clearly, there isn't anything to eat here. There are seashells, rocks, seaweed...but there is not any food. We're putting our foot down. And our forks. If somebody put this in front of me, Ron Swanson would be shocked at how we would react.
But can you really blame us? Look at this! This isn't food. Maybe, if we were being really generous, that thing that looks a little bit like sushi at the top of the picture might count, but this has to be pricey. Just put it on a little plate and save all of us the trouble.
We're Kind of Fans, Honestly
A lightbulb is perfect for holding your drink if you're out and about, and we don't care who doesn't agree. Just think – still easy to sip from or stick a straw in, and it resists spills better than most other containers.
You might need to make it out of more durable material, or at least one that won't leave shards of glass everywhere. In the meantime, whatever enterprising stand sells, this drink has a workaround using a small flamingo inner tube in order to protect it. In such a crowded environment, protection is key.
Led Zeppelin Is Licking Their Lips
For most people, sushi is a sometimes food. For just that reason, presentation is key – one sushi restaurant has given people a path to take when they order this good-looking food. With three staircases to choose from, there are numerous varieties to enjoy.
The middle one looks the most special, with a bit of drizzle that is just the perfect kind of artistic. Our verdict for this one is a restaurant trying to forge their own path and do something that will get them noticed – in a good way, of course. Walk your way up the staircase of sushi with a smile on your face.
Leaving the Food Out to Dry
If you can figure out exactly what this tiny washing line has hanging from it, please let us know. The photo is a little blurry, and the light isn't super great, but we have a couple of guesses.
First, it looks like a couple of pieces of bacon, but that's mainly the dresses on either end. The pair of shorts in the center doesn't look much like bacon unless it's really thin. Did they cut the bacon into the shapes and then fry it? Bacon doesn't really keep its shape when you cook it. They could have done it after frying, of course. Other options are potato chips and beef jerky.
It's Like Some People Have Never Heard of Plates Before
We have been notified that this is a serving of mushrooms. Yeah? Are you sure? Point them out, please. We can see a few peeking out from among the moss, and leaves, and branches, and we wouldn't be at all surprised at all if there is dirt, too.
What's worse is even if you are able to get past all that nature, you have to eat mushrooms. This is another toss-up: It could be a hipster offering, but it could also be a fancy spot that wanted to do something a little different. But change isn't always good.
This Seems a Little Impractical
Drinks are served in all sorts of things these days. Glasses, cups, jars, bottles, mugs, watering cans, light bulbs, bowls. But bags? It just seems like what you do if you want a mess.
These iced drinks look nice and tasty, and the straw makes them easy to drink, but drinking out of a bag has obvious downsides. For instance, getting every drop out of the bottom. And what if they tip over? Bags don't have a stable base usually. This just screams hipster – wood-slat table, a little jar of nuts on the table, and drink bags with plastic straws.
Sometimes You Just Run Out of Options
When a restaurant's popularity starts to eclipse the items it has to use; sometimes they have to get creative. Such is the case with this restaurant, which can be found in a small town in Thailand.
The people who live around it must love to sample the delicacies since the restaurant is forced – or was, at least for a little while – to serve the dishes in plastic bowls, dustpans, plastic crates, and, amazingly, an upside-down umbrella. Except for that middle guy, the diners look amped to dig in, and he might just be putting on a face for the camera.
Thanks to the first “Avengers” movie, shawarma has grown in the public eye recently. Plenty of people have started sampling this middle eastern dish, and they all have good things to say.
Of course, some restaurants have jumped to the next level of presentation. One such restaurant has decided that some little metal or plastic bicycles (tricycles, actually) are the perfect way to present the meal and some dipping sauce. They did things the right way, too, by giving the diner a plate in front as well, meaning you can actually keep things clean and tidy while munching down on some of Tony Stark's favorite food.
Hopefully Not an Indication of Quality
Yeah, they're stacked inside a tiny little garbage can, but the fries still look pretty good. Getting good fries isn't exactly rocket surgery, but some people can still muck them up. No bad luck here, though. We're going with the hipster option here, but it's merely the closest fit.
The rest of the meal is presented on a fairly regular plate and looks like a pretty filling mixture of veggies and a main. Most likely, this is an establishment that wants to trod their own path, and they chose these bins as a way to set themselves apart. Still, a garbage can is kinda hipster.
Should We Be Scared?
We're pretty sure this is a threat. Some bougie establishment decided that the best way to present...this...dish...is a glass of something, a slab of meat (which looks great, don't get us wrong) and a piece of sausage speared on top.
What on Earth is in the glass? Could it be sweet tea? That would certainly fit in with what appears to be a BBQ aesthetic that is going on in the rest of the picture. The only problem is BBQ is usually pretty messy – even if you have metal trays such as the lady has, you're going to make a mess.
We Sat in Stunned Silence for Ten Seconds
When you first see this image, there are a couple of steps to go through. The first one is pure confusion, which is pretty common with this list. The next step, however, is more confusion, as you realize what the restaurant is going for.
The third step differs based on who you are – it's either shaking your head at the small amount of food or you just ask for the bill and make a beeline for the parking lot.
We Want This Very Badly
It's not super obvious what is going on here at first glance, but once we explain it, you'll get a good hunger going. We have a classic tomato and basil soup in the bowl there – one of the classics. A favorite! Suspended above it, from a metal hook, is a sloppy, messy grilled cheese sandwich, or maybe two.
The melted cheese is dripping down into the soup, which is not a sentence we thought we would be writing today, but our day is better for it. Our lunch is also going to be better for it. However, it looks like that grilled cheese is mostly butter.
Really Getting Back to Basics
There is a little bit of a backstory attached to this picture. The one who took it visited an establishment with a tasting menu, and the first course is “citrus in sugar.”
It sounds tasty, and citrus is always a nice thing to have. Very healthy. But, you notice how the person taking the picture is simply holding the small piece of food in his hand? That's because when the waiter approached, the waiter said, “hold out your hand,” and placed the item in the diner's palm. Are they trying to cut costs around dishes? Not likely – probably it's all part of the ExPeRiEnCe.
Do They Get Utensils?
Poutine is a good time, though the serving implement they used to deliver this treat doesn't really fill us with confidence. But what's for dinner? There are french fries forming the base of the dish, with slices of sausage, a healthy dose of baked beans, and there are even slices of bacon. Of course, there's also plenty of gravy poured over all of it, something that makes poutine what it is.
Will the diners be forced to eat this with their hands? Delicious as it is, poutine is kind of messy. Maybe the restaurant took it a step further and said that diners couldn't even use their hands. If so, they should get to keep the bowl.
Not Exactly Air Jordan
Eating food out of a shoe is never very high on anyone's bucket list, but if for some reason you've always had a hankering for eating out of footwear, start looking for which restaurant serves this food. We have discovered these are fritters (which is an umbrella term for food that has been deep-fat-fried) served in a shoe that is made of gelatin.
We are not aware if you should eat the shoe, but it seems reasonable. Gelatin isn't known for its durability, so serving it more than once doesn't seem like a great choice. They really went all out here: they even put some laces on the shoes. Those might be reused, though.
This Might Not Even be a Restaurant
If a real dining establishment did serve this, they might end up exposing themselves to litigation – just look at the jagged edge on that plate. Also, where's the food? There is...maybe that's a boiled egg? Or...some kind of nut?
We guess it could even be a piece of chicken that is arranged in a particular way. Actually, chicken makes more sense when you look at the little pieces of detritus arranged around the...central item. To our eyes, they could be tiny fragments of fried chicken skin. Honestly, this looks like something somebody threw together on a lark to get a funny picture on social media.
Let the Drink Go Free
It looks like a pretty good cocktail in there, though your guess is as good as ours what the mixture itself is. The presentation is fancy, and the bendy straw lets us know that the place that served it isn't taking itself too seriously – or at least it wants to have some fun with its food.
The coolest part is the faded-metal birdcage, which doesn't look like it would keep a bird very well kept but is a notable way to provide your guests with drinks that they will remember. As long as the drink itself is a good one – presentation only goes so far.
How Much Do These Things Cost?
A single egg is little more than an aperitif or a small side dish, but you have to think that serving a hard-boiled egg on top of some sort of valve is a very specific choice that the business makes.
They have to go to a place that sells these (maybe a hardware store or a junkyard or something) and find enough of them to make the servings identical. Or maybe not even identical! Maybe everybody gets a different weird plumbing-based serving implement as a way to enjoy their egg. What do they serve it in if you like your eggs fried?
The Lamp Highlights All the Food. So You Can See It
Putting what appears to be a grilled chicken salad in a glass fishbowl is already a step toward the weird food serving direction, but if each order of this salad includes a small lamp that is used to artistically light the food, then we have picked up the speed in a big way.
We all like it when food looks good on the plate, but it seems like this restaurant makes it a requirement to appreciate the style for an appropriate amount of time. What if you don't have an Instagram account in order to share this wonderful-looking food at “Restaurant?”
You Can Enjoy the Clouds While You Eat
Carrot cake is one of the greatest things that mankind has ever devised, and now the presentation has improved even more. A slice of carrot cake, a bottle of pineapple juice, and some good friends sound like an enjoyable time.
As long as the carrot cake doesn't have raisins in it, which turns it from a wonderful treat into something they serve to sinners in hell. You'll also have to watch out for where the sun is in the sky – being blinded while simply trying to enjoy some dessert never makes for a fun time.
Is It...Like, Does It Work?
The dish being served here is beef wellington, which is fillet steak coated with pate and duxelles, wrapped in puff pastry, and then baked. It's a classic dish from across the pond in England and a favorite of big gatherings.
That's not really the point, though – the point is that it's served on a guillotine. Like, the thing used to cut heads off. Is the wellington supposed to symbolize something? Is it sharp? Does it work? Is that a kid there in the corner who is very wisely keeping all fingers away from this serving item? We hope so. Why would you use it? Is beef wellington that hard to cut through?
You Only Need to Order It a Thousand Times to Build the Whole Set
This barely even looks like something that you can order at a restaurant. We've seen some strange food platters. But one wrong move and all of the little candies that are on this huge Lego piece will go right off and onto the floor.
And then what? You either have to order it again, or it goes in the trash can. Also, wouldn't the restaurant have to pay licensing fees to use something that is branded with Lego? Maybe this comes from one of the special Lego parks that are around the globe.
A few pieces of fruit, a dish of caramel (maybe) dipping sauce, an artistic spray of chocolate sauce that, let's be real, you can't really enjoy. The centerpiece of this item seems to be a number of ice cream pieces. Or oddly-shaped marshmallows. Or some other kind of sugary treat, also hanging from the center bar like some sort of a swing set.
It all comes together to present perhaps the most hipster presentation that this list has to offer. At the very least, this is something to remember. Plus, fruit is always a bonus. And whatever those white things are, we're sure they taste good.
What Is This? A Picnic for Ants?
There are lots of weird ways to serve food on this list, but this one might take the cake. Look, there are even little cakes. This fun, small picnic table is packed with a tasty meal for two people, including coffee, a smoothie, scones, sandwiches...churros? Are those churros down there at the bottom?
Anyway, there's plenty to enjoy here, and the small picnic table is just one more fun presentation that will stick in your mind and make this event memorable. Hipster? Fancy? The lines are becoming blurred. We're fine with this – there's a good amount of food, it's diverse, and it all looks great. As long as there are plates to use, full marks.
Under My Umbrella
Hopefully, this picture wasn't taken inside. Also, hopefully, there will be more food coming soon because those three plates don't look like they'll fill anyone up. However, this one is for sure supposed to be styled, and we can't ignore the glass (or, more likely, plastic) flat surface that supports the plates.
It also appears that there is a stand underneath the umbrella to keep it upright and steady. This one fits squarely in the hipster category because a fancy restaurant wouldn't stoop to serving food in an upside-down umbrella. At least they capped off the ends of the ribs. Those things could take an eye out.
The Spaghetti Monster Rises
Few people could go on record and say they hate pasta or Italian food in general. This serving might do some work to change people's minds in the other direction, however. There's some expertly-cooked meat, a small salad, and a little pitcher of something (we're going to go with sauce).
You might be wondering why there is a spire of pasta at the edge of the plate, and the answer is it's piled and draped over a platform. It doesn't look bad, but there's a problem: Giving the pasta that much air will cool it down and make it hard to eat. Looks good, yes, but it doesn't really work with the choice of food.
When You Get Hungry at Wimbledon
We can't say for certain if this is actually at Wimbledon, but it's our best guess. One way or the other, it's hard not to compliment this spread. Some nice little sandwiches arranged pointed up and a dish of fruit compote or something similar to that.
There are some little dessert nibbles like a macaroon and maybe some baklava, and a little dish of fruit and ice cream. Add a glass of champagne, and that's a full meal. Kinda weird, then, that they would serve them on two garish tennis rackets. Tennis rackets aren't cheap, but were those your only options?
A Cry for Help
The man in this picture looks like he's rethinking his life choices, but hey, at least he has a plate. Maybe he's planning out his attack: Does he tackle the huge pink pompadour first, or does he leave that for last? There are also some very good-looking cakes, a bowl of...something that at first looks like fruit but now we're not so sure.
Finally, there is a bowl of white cream. Is that another cake? Oh, also, there's a mannequin head that has a huge hairdo. The head is dolled up with a little makeup. Actually, is the hair even edible? You try it first!
Well, It Is Pretty Wet
This picture comes to us from the Trump Hotel in Washington D.C. Hanging bacon from a washing line is a little more common than you might think, and it makes sense – if you work in the kitchen, you want to bring it out to the diner as soon as it's done cooking, so it's hot and crispy, but you don't want it just lying in a pool of its own grease.
The solution that plenty of places have come up with: suspend it. The piece of wood underneath the bacon has a pickle spear and a lemon wedge, and honestly, the idea of a bacon grease-soaked pickle sounds pretty good.
What Dish Are We Looking at Here?
We got in on this one. This serving – yes, this is a serving that you are designed to eat – comes from Alinea, one of the few three-star Michelin restaurants in the United States. Believe it or not, it's dessert.
Alinea is, if we understand, a really, really, really fancy restaurant, which means that even this weird artistic display might end up being one of the tastiest things you've ever put in your mouth. It's served right on the table, but that doesn't mean you're scrounging. We have no idea what makes up this dessert, but we want to give it a try.
We all like a bit of pasta, but unless you're making it yourself, it's common to get a mixture that doesn't work for you. Too much pasta, too much sauce, the wrong amount of topping, and so on.
One restaurant has come up with a solution: Three jars, one of each part of the meal, and a big plate that allows you to make the perfect mixture. Part-hipster and part-fancy, as long as the food is well-made (and we knew this was going to happen), we'd be on board. Add in a little bit of wine, and you have the makings of a fun night out.
How Does It Look?
No, this isn't a close-up of a diner touching up her makeup. This is really part of the meal. It is actually a lipstick tube, but don't expect it to last on your lips. It's a mixture of frozen beet and strawberry, and the goal is to suck on it like it's a Popsicle.
We can't imagine doing so is all that attractive, especially since you can only get a little bit out at a time. Plus, beets and strawberries? If done properly, beets are a nice addition to a meal, but mixing the two and freezing them doesn't sit right. But we haven't actually tried it, so who are we to judge?