10 Most Overrated Foods In The World

While there are many foods and dishes that have earned iconic status, there are a few that often leave Reddit readers scratching their heads. These foods just don’t live up to the hype surrounding them. These foods from all over the world have earned overrated status and have failed to live up to their lofty reputations. Do you like any of them?

1. Thanksgiving Turkey

A whole, roasted turkey on a white platter.
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Yep, you read that right. Some folks really think the turkey portion of Thanksgiving dinner is totally overrated. Load up their plate with all the sides, but skip the turkey, which is usually kinda dry anyway.

2. Food with Edible Gold

A small eclair with edible gold on top.
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Any dish that is served with edible gold. The main reason why it is overrated is because it relies on the opulence of the ingredient (edible gold) rather than the culinary excellence of the dish. Edible gold does not contribute to the taste of the food; instead, it simply adds visual extravagance and is incorporated into the dish for the spectacle instead of the substance. If you’re after gastronomic quality, adding edible gold won’t contribute to enhancing your dining experience.

3. Food With Caviar

Two colors of caviar on two slices of french bread lay on a small cutting board.
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In the same vein as food with edible gold, food with caviar as an ingredient is another example of overrated food. Caviar, like edible gold, is an ingredient with a reputation that is synonymous with luxury. Most people assume that just because it’s expensive, it makes food tastes better. In reality, though, it does not.

4. Gourmet Burgers

A fast food burger on a dark gray background.
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Gourmet burgers are another overrated food; they bank on the word ‘gourmet,’ and people think they are automatically better somehow than ordinary burgers. The elaborate add-ons do not contribute much to making burgers better tasting.

5. Avocado Toast

Two slices of avocado toast on a dark wood background.
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Avocado toast is considered a trendy brunch recipe. The high prices of avocado toast in many cafes reflect their popularity. But while it does offer nutritional value, you have other options for an equally delicious and nutritious breakfast toast. A few other delicious options are hummus toast, smoked salmon toast, and peanut butter and banana toast.

6. Kobe Beef

Raw kobe beef laying on a white cutting board.
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Kobe beef is a type of beef known for its marbling and tenderness. Anyone looking for the best steak usually turns to Kobe beef for a scrumptious meal. But because of this, Kobe beef comes with an expensive price tag. There is also the illusion of scarcity; Kobe beef is rare and available in limited quantities. Therefore, restaurants that serve dishes with Kobe beef charge exorbitant prices. However, there are many equally high-quality cuts without inflated prices.

7. Shark Fin Soup

A white crock filled with shark fin soup.
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Shark fin soup is overrated for so many reasons. One is that it is not nearly as good as other soups that cost a fraction of its price. Shark fin has a mild taste, and the soup itself has a gelatinous texture. It’s not the best culinary experience, and yet many break ethical and environmental laws to obtain shark fins to make this soup. The unethical practices have led to a decline in shark population and a disruption of the marine ecosystem.

8. Poutine

A white bowl filled with poutine fries.
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Poutine is one of the most popular and iconic Canadian dishes. However, many consider it to be an overrated food. It’s a simple and comforting dish, no doubt. But it does not quite reach the same level of culinary excellence as dishes that other countries are known for. Cheese curd is a polarizing ingredient, and many think that adding this ingredient to fries can make them soggy and unappealing.

9. Kale Salad

A white bowl holds a small serving of kale salad.
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Kale salad rose to popularity due to the recent superfood movement. With more people trying to eat healthy by incorporating superfoods into their diet, kale salad has become one of those go-to dishes. But many people who jump into this health trend find themselves munching on a salad with an undesirable texture and bitter flavor.

10. Truffle-Infused Dishes

Slices of french baguette covered in truffle mushroom spread.
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Truffles is another example of an expensive ingredient that is overrated when used on various dishes, such as truffle fries and truffle pasta. Due to its exorbitant price, there is an inflated expectation of the taste and quality of truffle-infused dishes. And when the taste fails to live up to the hype, it creates disappointment.

Another factor why truffle-infused dishes are overrated is that the truffle flavor can be overpowering, and it overshadows the taste of the dish instead of complementing it.

11. Lobster

A whole lobster on a cutting board with cut lemons.
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Finally, lobster is highly overrated because it has a relatively mild flavor and is less flavorful compared to other seafood options (cheaper ones at that). The hype around lobster is due to its exclusivity and high price tag.

This article was inspired by this Reddit thread.

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A dutch oven with a cooked whole chicken topped with rosemary twigs.
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A skillet filled with ground turkey, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado and garnished with fresh parsley.
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This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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