Nick Tahou Hots Famous Garbage Plate


A garbage plate is just like it sounds: a heavy, artery clogging, comfort-food indulgence. It’s a hearty everest of unlikely components slapped together, inviting you to dig your way through with a knife and fork. The platter consists of two meats with or without cheese, two sides (fries, home fries, macaroni salad or pork baked beans) and is topped with onions, spicy mustard and their signature hot sauce; a semi sweet chili-like cinnamon ground beef in a fiery red bath.

I just traveled to Rochester, NY, home of Nick Tahou Hots trademark meal. During our seven hour drive, my husband continually mentioned stopping at said establishment. Naturally, I had to see what the hype was all about. This cafeteria-style joint has been a landmark on Main Street since 1918, and a second location was born on Henrietta Road a year and a half ago. The cashiers have the ordering process down to a science as they efficiently, and somewhat sing-songingly, rattle off the many options.

The meats come without the bun (good for carb control, I suppose), and offer a stack of soft Italian bread to pile your burger onto or mop up the sauces and sides. I got veggie patties (you know, to be healthy), while my hubby went bold with cheeseburgers. There is also an option of chicken, fish, grilled cheese, eggs, fried ham, red hots, white hots, Italian sausage, chicken tenders and even mozzarella and tomato sauce filled eggrolls known as pizza logs. The combinations, and portions, are endless.

I know everything is bigger in Texas, but it looks like Rochester isn’t far behind.

You can visit Nick Tahou Hots at 320 W. Main St. Rochester, NY 14608 (585-436-0184) or 3070 West Henrietta Rd. Rochester, NY 14623 (585-272-1182). Elastic waste bands highly recommended.


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  1. marjorie Sommer on

    loved what you wrote! You made it sound so good and mouthwatering. I’ll keep it in mind next time I’m in Rochester!


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