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I think it loses it's lustre on such a nice plate. It's needs an authentic styrofoam container.


Plate that is.

Garbage Plate.

Pete introduced me to this gastronomical fanfare. Those of you in NY are probably like “yeah, yeah, yeah, garbage plate.”

Ever since I had my first plate at Nick Tahou’s Hots, I wondered how something so awesome has escaped me during this lifetime.

I’m sure many of you out there know what this is. It’s a carefully prepared, delightfully presented entree.

No, its just of big pile of food representing one food group —>carbo-meat-attack.

Well, it’s exists on MY food pyramid.

For those of you who are intrigued, or seeking some coronary blockage, a garbage plate consists of something like this:

  • A meat product like hamburgers, hotdogs or sausages
  • homefries, macaroni salad and baked beans (pick any two)
  • mustard, ketchup, onions
  • a meat-laden, greasy, chili-like hot sauce

All on top of each other. All awesome.

Those of you in Rochester can find some version of this just about anywhere, but in Orlando, the only place I know is Bananas, A Modern American Diner

I think it loses it's luster on such a nice plate. It's needs an authentic styrofoam container.

The menu said “Just like in New York”. I’ll wait for Pete to come down and get his take, but I thought it was pretty good, even if it’s the only garbage plate around here.


  • Lori @ I Can Grow People

    I am from NY state and have plenty of friends 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.


  • Marty

    We stopped at Nick Tahou’s one late night and it was like a free-for-all. People were waving $5 bills and grabbing whatever container was handed to them. It was insane. Apparently Pete says that was the old location, in a rough part of town, so I was lucky not only to get a plate, but to make it home in one piece! Thanks for your comment Lori!


  • lmpn

    My garbage plate is what I scrape off of my 5 kids dinner plates after they are done. Looks like it is not much different from yours!


  • Elisa

    That looks sooooo awesome! I can’t wait to try it ;)
    BTW Your site is helpful on tons of levels! I love coming here.


  • Bob Marchese (@BobMarchese)

    That IS the nicest plate I’ve ever seen a Garbage Plate on!


  • Dan McEnerneey

    Not native to western 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.


  • Vance

    Hey guys! I’m your newest follower. Love what I’m seeing. I’m going to have to make me some garbage.



    I’m orginally from Fredonia, NY (not far from Rochester) and the Garbage Plate was a huge part of my drunken debacle nights. I don’t know why it’s not more popular in other cities.


    • Pete Fazio

      It will spread like a fungus. A delicious, delicious fungus.


    • Marty

      I would think they would catch on just about everywhere. Food trucks are huge in Orlando right now, I could see a “Garbage Truck” beating out the Korean BBQ Taco Box truck everytime. You heard it here first.


  • Laura Madere

    Wow! I got heart-burn just looking at this and reading what was in it. It’s amazing just how different others can eat then myself and they have no problem whatsoever. I was blessed with a very picky stomach. Thanks for sharing I am learning all types of good stuff. :)


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