Garbage Plates!


Again for Harbor Fest, I thought I would introduce my Long Island friends to GARBAGE PLATES!!! (also known in upstate NY as Trash Plates)

Now, they were surprised to find out that these originated from Good ol’ Rochester NY, by Mr. Nick Tahou in the 1920’s.

The Location of the Downtown Restaurant is not even 1 mile from my office!

At any rate, I made home-made mac salad (which I do eyeball the mayo-mustard quantities, but always make sure to put in chopped onion, carrots and celery!) Home fries and a Cheeseburger!


  • 1 med. onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 TBsp oil
  • 1 LB triple-ground beef
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1/2 TBsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp powdered cloves
  • 1 tsp salt (to taste)
  1. In a large skillet, fry chopped onion and garlic in oil until soft.
  2. Add meat, stirring constantly with fork to keep it’s texture fine.
  3. Once the meat browns, add water and tomato paste. Simmer 10 minutes.
  4. Add sugar and spices. Simmer 30 minutes, adding water, if necessary to keep it moist but not soupy. Alternatively, you may use the griddle scrapings from cooking the patties to make this the Authentic Nick Tahou way.
  5. Plate with Home fries, Mac Salad and Cheeseburg-Hamburg or Hot!
  6. Enjoy a taste of Rochester, NY!
Recipe also located Here

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