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Published on 06/25/2009 10:00 am   (Last Updated 06/25/2009 10:00 am)
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Rochester Rhinos: Garbage Plate
By Lightning Striker and the Diving Headers
Rochester Rhinos visit the Nessy (NSC) and I've found their version of poutine for the pre-game bbq. It's called the Garbage Plate, made famous at Nick Tahou Hots restaurant in Rochester.
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.

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Apr 28, 2012

Love your pizza pics!! I made my first garbage plate pizza at the Boston House of Pizza back in 1997. I was one of those guys at the UR you dcbsrieed with the empty plates on the wall, only I had to get them signed by server that night. In fact, we'd walk in to W. Main Tahou's on weekends at 3am and give a wave to Jimmy from behind the 6-deep crowd around the counter and he'd know automatically what we wanted and put our order in. We'd eat then get a plate to go, sometimes getting the OK to pay next time. Then I moved to Boston and despair set in. Long story short, I just launched a new biz to sell my own sauce, called Rochester Plate Sauce. I'd love to send you some in exchange for your thoughts! Heavy Sauce!!! -Jimmy

Sep 28, 2012

Not native to wertesn NY. I've only indulged this gastro fantasy in the last year. I'm a diligent food seperater, so the the concept by definition doesn't agree with me. But oh the pleasure. The downtown Nick Tahoe's mimics the garbage plate in that it's components are in themselves totally unspectacular. But the sum of the parts make for a unique and pleasing experience. Neighborhoods a bit scrappy, but the lunch croud is 10% cops cause they're eating, and the night croud is 10% cops cuase they're working. So no worries.Probably not in my best interest, but I've been on a bit of a jag with these things lately. I used to see them on a menu and think, Damn, who eats that shit. Now, I think, do they use home fries or crinkle cut? How's the sauce? Does it have that odd, slightly funky cumin scent that too many hot sauces have? How's the bread? Yes, the bread, for sopping up the goo at the end. Does the bread come with margarine or butter? You're kidding me right? I'm ordering a fucking garbage plate and a little patty of margarine is going to save me?My full endorsement goes to a place called Serious Food. Its a little food shack/general store on East Lake Rd of Conesus Lake. Good people, great garbage plate. The sause is tremendous, has a hint of what seems to be jerk seasoning and some heat. Mac salad is fresh and not too runny. Just right.

Dec 16, 2012

I am from NY state and have plenty of fndires that went to college in Rochester who told tales of long drunken night's ending at Nick Tahou's. I have only heard of the Garbage Plate I've never experienced one. In my mind it is kind of like a myth, a legend Interesting that you found one in FL.

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