People Explain Which Foods They Find Completely Overrated

Fancy cupcake
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Do you notice how food courts in shopping malls have different types of cuisine–most of which are very westernized interpretations of food from various cultures?

Panda Express, for instance, is supposedly Chinese food, while Sbarro claims to serve Italian food.

While mall food is not fancy–and it's okay if you thought they were–it's not necessarily everyone's cup of tea.

Yet, some of these walk-up establishments have huge lines because shoppers either don't know any better and think the offerings are authentic, or it's just a matter of convenience for them to look for a quick bite.


Curious to know about the types of food that are given more hype than they deserve, Redditor Faihus asked:

"What cuisine do you find highly overrated?"

Unfortunately, many Redditors misunderstood the assignment and named examples that were not a style or method of cooking that represents different countries or establishments.

Nevertheless, here we go.

It's crazy how marketing adds crazy value to edibles that are nothing out of the ordinary.

Fancy Bake

"High-end cupcakes."

– redjack847

Cheap Bake

"Yeah. I would have to agree with that. It may be an unpopular opinion but I still love the Duncan Heinz or Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin mix. Grew up on that stuff."

– redjack847

Store-Bought Reigns Supreme

"I fail to see what's wrong with a normal cupcake. Hell, even boxed cupcakes are super good. I would rather have 10 delicious boxes cupcakes than one mediocre, overpriced one."

– cbk00

Some people use condiments to enhance a flavor. Others prefer methods that induce an eye-roll.

Mineral Sprinkles

"Gold-flaked cuisine."

– bushbeanbuddy

Aesthetics First

"Gold leaf on food is bullsh*t. It does not add flavour, only makes it look gold and increases the price. If you want to sh*t good like a Lannister, it’s good for that. The instagram food trend is all about looks not taste."

– timesuck897

Snapworthy

"Social media-oriented cuisine, like those milkshakes where they spread chocolate outside the glass. The only point of doing that is looking better on Instagram since it objectively worsens the product"

– anon

Some establishments would do well serving just alcohol.

That, or patrons shouldn't expect much fro the menu at their local watering hole.

Barf-ood

"As an American, any 'American' restaurant eatery without a speciality. It’s all bar food that’s SLIGHTLY better than actual stereotypical bar food (Chili’s, Cheddars, Logan’s etc) Hell, actual bar food is probably better honestly."

– ShadowsCheckmate

Tall Order

"You don’t want an 18 dollar cheeseburger with onion rings and 'our house made barbecue sauce' that you have to unhinge your jaw to eat?"

– guanwho

Sticking To The Basics Is A +

"There’s so many 'brew houses' and 'bistros' where you cant get just a regular cheeseburger. They’ll have a first time chef trying to be fancy but if you can’t make a plain cheeseburger made with upscale ingredients taste really f'king good I guarantee you your bacon jam’d, house made ketchup’d, unripe off season tomato, 3/4 lb patty on a brioche that doesn’t hold together just doesn’t taste that good. And what do you mean you don’t have pickles? The acid is there for a reason. As a veteran of the business it drives me insane."

– pullonmynards

Finally, we were going somewhere with the assignment in reference to naming a cuisine.

Real Italian

"I want to say Italian, but sometimes my italian friend will make something for me and I will eat myself stupid so I think it's probably just americanized italian that I'm not into."

– KittyLord0824

We Need A Re-Introduction

"I told my Italian friend I didn't like Italian food and she almost fell off her chair. I think I've eaten too much domesticated Italian and need some re-centering...for her sake."

– Limelight1981

I can't say with absolute certainty which particular cuisine is overrated, but I can say which type of food is overrated.

Under that scenario, I can say smoothies sold in chain restaurants like Jamba Juice are overrated.

People seem to think that just because they're having a fruit smoothie, it does their bodies good.

Most smoothies are pretty much fruit juices, not actual fruit with fiber, and are loaded with tons of sugar.

They may taste delicious, but that's because all of the added sugars tantalize repeat customers.

Seeing so many locations selling smoothies, in general, makes me question the nutritional value of many of their menu options. But, that's just me.

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