Published on 06/25/2009 10:00 am (Last Updated 06/25/2009 10:00 am)
Nick Tahou Hots Garbage Plate
Nick Tahou Hots, originally known as Hots and Potatoes, is a Rochester, New York landmark restaurant featuring a dish called the Garbage Plate. The restaurant was founded in 1918 by its namesake, Nick Tahou.
A Garbage Plate is a combination of one selection of cheeseburger, hamburger, red hots, white hots, 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.
Served at Rochester Rhino games, the white hot is a variation on the hot dog eaten mostly in the Rochester, New York area. It is composed of some combination of uncured and unsmoked pork, beef, and veal; the lack of smoking or curing allows the meat to retain a naturally white color. White hots usually contain mustard and other spices, and often include a dairy component such as nonfat dry milk.
The white hot originated in the 1920s as a poor man's hot dog made of the less desirable meat parts and various fillers; in contrast, the modern versions are made from quality meats and generally are sold at higher prices than common hot dogs.