DON’T KNOCK IT UNTIL YOU’VE TRIED IT. Nick Tahou’s Garbage Plate, a Rochester, NY staple, I grew up with these beauties. Here’s how it works-
A Garbage Plate is a combination of one selection of cheeseburger, hamburger, red hots, white hots (a whole other story), Italian sausage, chicken tender, fish (haddock), fried ham, grilled cheese, or eggs; and two sides of either home fries, French fries, baked beans, or macaroni salad. On top of that are the options of mustard and onions, ketchup, and Nick’s proprietary hot sauce, a greasy sauce with spices and ground beef. It’s served with rolls or Italian toast on the side fresh from the bakery next door.
Dozens of other places around Rochester serve up similar plates, but Nick Tahou’s is where to go to get the real deal.