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Update 12/20/02: This is the first update in a long time, so all new entries (or entries that have changed) have been marked with . Links to home pages have been added, click on the spider's web. Some day (or year), I plan on adding two more columns to the list of places that serve plates: one for the name of the plate, and one for the price of a cheeseburger plate. If anybody has any info on either of those, please feel free to e-mail me (mailto:garbageplates@yahoo.com).

 

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A Garbage Plate is a wonderful thing! The original Garbage Plate was created at Nick Tahou's in Rochester, NY. In the meantime, there have been many imitations with many different names, such as Sloppy Plate, Trash Plate, Dumpster Plate, etc. A typical plate (see above) comes with two items piled on a plate, such as home fries, macaroni salad, beans, or french fries. Then the meat of choice, such as cheeseburgers, hamburgers, or hot dogs, are placed on top (bread is usually served on the side). Optional onions, mustard, hot sauce (the hamburger-based kind), and occasionally relish are piled on top. At Nick's, if you order a cheeseburger plate, you'll automatically get home fries and mac salad with everything on it (the best options, IMHO). There are also many different ways to eat a plate. It can be eaten like a normal meal, but my preferred way of eating plates is to cut up the cheeseburgers, add tons of ketchup and whatever red hot sauce is available, and mix everything together so that it truly looks like a garbage plate. The bread is used to scoop up the remainder of the plate, whatever that is (chemical analysis still needs to be done on it).

 

There are now over 50 dining establishments in the Rochester area that serve plates (and more are being discovered all the time). The following list shows all the places that I'm aware of; if any are missing, please e-mail me (mailto:garbageplates@yahoo.com). I can't guarantee that they're all still open and still serve plates (use the "last visited" column as a guide) or what their hours are, so it might be a good idea to call ahead before going out for a plate.

Dining Establishment

Address

Phone

Last Visited

Bathtub Billy's

630 West Ridge Rd.

865-6510

1/10/01

Bay Hots

1773 Empire Blvd.

787-1520

8/13/99

Big Dog's Hots

1921 South Ave.

271-8070

10/30/02

Bob's Diner

2199 E Henrietta Rd. (Suburban Plaza)

334-4170

9/26/01

Buffalo Roadhouse

3873 Buffalo Rd.

594-8111

6/21/02

California Brew Haus

402 W. Ridge Rd.

621-1480

5/1/02

Char Broil House

1395 Island Cottage Rd.

663-3860

7/15/99

Charlie Riedel's

1843 Empire Blvd.

671-4320

9/23/98

Cretekos Diner

261 W. Main St. (Victor)

924-3779

2/23/00

Crossroad Café

Rochester Institute of Technology

?

2/8/01

East Ave. Family Restaurant

1743 East Ave.

442-8990

10/9/02

Empire Hots

2209 Empire Blvd.

787-2110

11/12/02

Fairport Hots

1226 Fairport Rd.

586-4540

8/16/00

Gitsis Texas Hots

600 Monroe Ave.

271-8260

4/3/02

Glenn & Pat's

2811 Dewey Ave.

663-9831

5/19/99

Gregorio's Pizza & Deli

4369 Buffalo Rd., N. Chili

594-5225

4/18/01

Grill 339

339 Jefferson Rd.

292-1730

6/20/01

Happy Days

3670 Mt. Read Blvd.

865-6180

9/30/98

Irondequoit Hots

635 Titus Ave.

266-3670

10/24/01

James Brown's Place

1356 Culver Rd.

288-4250

2/27/02

Jay's Diner (re-opened)

2612 W. Henrietta Rd.

424-3710

7/19/00

Jerry's Family Restaurant

500 Union St. (Spencerport)

352-1511

11/4/98

Jim & Ralph's Restaurant #1

2997 Buffalo Rd.

247-7220

12/9/98

Jox Sports Bar (closed)
(another sports bar is open at the same location, don't know if they have plates)

2246 E. River Rd.

328-1747

12/12/01

Klassy Cat Tavern

3800 W. Henrietta Rd.

359-8639

12/6/00

Margie's

4018 W. Henrietta Rd.

359-2710

5/16/01

Mark's Texas Hots

487 Monroe Ave.

473-1563

2/8/00

Mt. Hope Family Diner

1511 Mount Hope Ave.

256-1939

12/17/02

Nick Tahou Hots #1

320 W. Main St.

436-0184

11/27/02

Nick Tahou Hots #2

2260 Lyell Ave.

429-6388

2/3/99

Nick Tahou's @ Lilac Festival

Highland Park

-

5/15/02

Nick's Pizza & Subs

1098 Chili Center Coldwater Rd.

247-6270

6/5/02

Parkside Texas Hots

4671 Culver Rd.

323-1030

5/3/00

Peach's Place

1440 Scottsville Rd.

436-9030

8/7/02

Penfield Hots

1794 Penfield Rd.

586-4979

7/17/02

Peppermint's *

4870 W. Henrietta Rd.

359-9169

12/22/00

Perinton Hots

687 Moseley Rd.

223-4820

2/11/02

Petrillo Bakery & Deli

780 Fetzner Rd.

720-1720

11/30/01

Sal's Birdland

400 Airpark Dr.

328-1620

10/4/00

Schaller's

2747 W. Henrietta Rd.

427-7810

3/28/01

Silk O'Loughlin's

5980 St. Paul Blvd.

266-7047

7/25/01

Slices Pizza & Subs

10 N. Main St. (Honeoye Falls)

624-4930

8/21/02

Sullivan's Charbroil

4712 W. Ridge Rd.

352-5860

4/19/00

TC Hooligans

134 Greece Ridge Center Dr. (Greece Ridge Center)

225-7180

9/18/02

The Country Store

1319 Lake Rd.

265-3512

9/4/02

The Empty Mug

3685 W. Henrietta Rd.

334-8970

11/14/01

Tip Top Restaurant

1595 Mt. Hope Ave.

442-1319

11/1/00

Tony's Birdland

3800 Dewey Ave.
(Northgate Plaza)

621-3277

10/18/00

Two Roses Café

1308 Buffalo Rd.

235-4440

7/11/01

Woody's II

W. Henrietta Rd.

424-6440

3/13/02

* not a real plate at Peppermint's, though one item on the menu contains all the ingredients necessary to assemble your own; the cheeseburger comes on a roll and the mac salad comes on the side

 

The following places have been reported to have plates but we haven't visited them yet (they're next in line):

Dining Establishment

Address

Phone

Abe's Restaurant

5232 W. Ridge Rd.

352-9420

Akropolis Family Restaurant

4025 Route 5 And 20, Canadaigua

394-8721

Akropolis Family Restaurant

Palmyra

?

Al's Green Pizzeria

1160 N. Goodman St.

288-1850

Al's Meadows (not sure about this one- they were once called Al's Meadows Lounge and had plates, but then closed and re-opened)

4200 W. Henrietta Rd.

334-1641

Brandon's Pizza & Pasta Creations

145 N. Main St. (Fairport)

377-9400

Brockport Diner

11 Erie St., Brockport

637-4060

Charlie Riedel's

Canandaigua

?

Chicken Mom's/Tom's (take-out only)

1159 N. Goodman St.

482-8239

E R Hots

144 W. Commercial St. (East Rochester)

383-0810

East Ridge Family Restaurant

1925 E. Ridge Rd.

338-7900

ESL Sports Centre (note: as of 10/26/00 no longer run by Bathtub Billy's and may no longer serve plates, though the new menu is supposed to be similar)

2700 Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Rd.

424-4625

Frontier Field

1 Morrie Silver Way

454-0285

Geneseo Family Restaurant

Main St. Geneseo

?

Jim & Ralph's Restaurant

Farmington

742-2440

Jimmy Jambones

4625 S. Lake Rd. (Brockport)

637-0360

Krony's Pizza

Churchville, Hamlin, Hilton, Spencerport

?

Little Venice Pizzeria

697 South Ave.

473-6710

Magoo's (note sure about this one, the former occupant had a plate)

3208 Latta Rd.

720-5332

Mark's Texas Hots
(often closed due to shootings, may be open again but who knows for how long?)

48 Lake Ave.

325-4770

Otter Lodge
(not open for lunch on weekdays)

1776 Monroe Ave.

442-8790

Pittsford Pub

60 N. Main Street (Pittsford)

586-4650

Pudgies Pizza

1753 N. Goodman St.

266-6605

Sal's Birdland

309 E. Ridge Rd.

544-4171

Schaller's

559 E Ridge Rd.

544-2097

Union Hill Country Store

1891 Ridge Rd. (Webster)

265-4443

Vic's Dog House

8282 Park Rd. (Batavia)

343-6953

Wyatt's

143 Wadsworth St. (Geneva)

?

 

For many years, it was always thought that Nick Tahou's is the be all and end all of garbage plates... but is it? A bunch of co-workers and myself decided to find out. Who has the best garbage plate in Rochester? Every Wednesday (well, not quite every Wednesday; we couldn't make it every week and once in a while we do need a break from plates, recently it's been every 2-3 weeks) we have been going to a different place that serves garbage plates, and have been rating them. The ratings encompass many things, like ambience, quantity and quality of food, how good the hot sauce is, service, what type of red hot sauce is at the table, price, etc. Everybody rating the plates probably had a different weighting system, but for the most part, the best tasting plates will get the best rating. Sometimes a really bad thing, like raw home fries (yuck) at Don & Bob's (now closed, maybe that's why), will drastically bring down the score of an otherwise good plate. Note that we're doing this during our lunch break, so all of these plates are being tested completely sober, which of course is not the ideal setting for a plate (2:15am on weekends at Nick's is much better). Actually, change that to was much better, as Nick's on Main Street is no longer open late nights, but Nick's on Lyell Ave. is. Nick's on Main Street was always known for the interesting characters and situations present, whereas at Nick's on Lyell you were more likely to see uninteresting people starting fights for no reason. Anyway, here are the ratings, from best to worst...

 

Dining Establishment

rating

# votes

Jim & Ralph's Restaurant #2 (closed)

94.5

2

Irondequoit Hots

93.4

15

California Brew Haus

92.5

2

Empire Hots

92.0

9

Penfield Hots

91.8

4

Bathtub Billy's

91.5

2

Two Roses Café

89.8

4

The Empty Mug

89.7

6

Mt. Hope Family Diner

88.5

2

Parkside Texas Hots

88.3

4

Bay Hots

88.1

8

East Ave. Family Restaurant

87.9

10

Char Broil House

87.4

8

James Brown's Place

86.8

4

Woody's II

86.7

7

Jerry's Family Restaurant

86.0

2

Margie's

85.6

9

Perinton Hots

85.5

2

Slices Pizza & Subs

85.5

2

TC Hooligans

85.5

2

The Country Store

85.5

2

Bob's Diner

85.0

2

Buffalo Roadhouse

85.0

1

Gitsis Texas Hots

84.8

4

Mark's Texas Hots

84.8

8

Jim & Ralph's Restaurant #1

84.5

2

Cretekos Diner

84.0

2

Jay's Diner

83.8

6

Nick's Pizza & Subs

83.5

2

Petrillo Bakery & Deli

83.5

2

Crossroads Café

83.0

3

Peach's Place

82.7

6

Grill 339

82.5

2

Jox Sports Bar (closed)

82.5

2

Sullivan's Charbroil

82.5

2

Tip Top Restaurant

82.5

2

Klassy Kat Tavern

82.0

1

Nick Tahou's #1

82.0

17

Sal's Birdland

82.0

2

Schaller's

81.8

4

Charlie Riedel's

80.8

5

Peppermint's

80.5

2

Nick Tahou's @ Lilac Festival

80.2

6

Nick Tahou's #2

78.5

2

Fairport Hots

78.0

2

Glenn & Pat's

78.0

1

Gregorio's

78.0

2

Happy Days

77.5

2

Tony's Birdland

76.5

2

Presto Pizza Subs & Wings (closed)

76.3

4

GT Rocks (closed)

73.4

5

Al's Meadows Lounge (closed)

70.0

4

Big Dog's Hots

70.0

1

Silk O'Loughlin's

70.0

2

Don & Bob's (closed)

65.0

3

 

† Two Roses Café: biggest plate award

Note #1: the ratings are based on average ratings, sometimes over multiple visits; that will be changed in the future, as some places have recently served excellent plates but the higher ratings got averaged in with previous lower ratings (Nick's #1 and Gitsis are two examples of plates that should be rated higher because of that).

Note #2: most of the scores actually started out as letter grades, but were converted to numbers for easier averaging

Note #3: a failing grade (below 60) is reserved for trips to the hospital or morgue

Note #4: note that most of the places with the lowest rated plates are now closed… coincidence or not?

 

Disclaimer: the ratings are purely subjective and should not be viewed as an endorsement (or anti-endorsement) of any dining establishment. Some of the ratings may be influenced by various factors, including how hungry the reviewers were when eating a plate or how busy the dining establishment was at the time. Also, some of the bad scores may be a factor of a one-time occurrence, e.g. it could be that the only time Don and Bob's has ever served raw home fries happened to coincide with our visit there (however, I've been told that it's happened at least one other time). Also, Big Dog's Hots got a low rating because the hot sauce was more of a gravy and it overpowered the whole plate, though that has been reportedly improved. Silk O'Loughlin's got the low rating mostly because of the massive chunks of tuna in the mac salad (the burgers weren't too good either). Bottom line: try out the different plates for yourself!

 

 

 

 

Do you have comments, complaints, or suggestions of other places to try?

Send me e-mail: mailto:garbageplates@yahoo.com

 

Other Garbage Plate links:

How to eat a garbage plate: ambrosiasw.com/Ambrosia_Times/November_97/4.6HowTo.html

How to make a garbage plate: www.nyctshirts.com/omega/nicktahou.html
www.thelynches.net/Personal_Pages/Damian/Nick_Tahou_Recipe.htm

About Nick Tahou's: www.oocities.com/Colosseum/Loge/5981/Tahou.htm

Also about Nick's: erinjones.org/oldsite/nicks.html

Ode to Nick Tahou's: www.rit.edu/~rjg8971/tahous.html

Breakfast at Tahou's: http://www.379.com/jason/tahou/

Fictional map of Old Nick Tahou's: www.rit.edu/~abc8518/revelations/tahousmap.html

Suebee's Tribute to the Garbage Plate: www.oocities.com/suebee277/roch/tahou.html

Nick Tahou's Tribute and Dietary Information (and another recipe): www.people.cornell.edu/pages/sjs16/nicks.html

Last Revised: 12/20/2002

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