Continuing my one-man Chamber of Commerce gig:
More fun facts about Rochester, NY by D&C staff writer Lauri Githens Hatch (by now she should be paying me a promotional fee):
Fun fact #3:
"The Garbage Plate (the after-bar cuisine to end all after-bar cuisines, consisting of two hot dogs or burgers plopped on a heap o' home fries, cold macaroni salad and baked beans, smothered in meat sauce; onions, mustard, ketchup and hot sauce optional but urged) actually is consumed about once a year by locals - once a month by college guys and devoted patrons of our many fine thirst parlors."
I don't know if any of my adventurous readers has ever tried (or even seen) one of these concoctions - if you have, please let me know - but they look truly toxic. I have had a few (if you live here, you MUST have at least 2 in your lifetime, or forever hang your head in shame and ideally move to Buffalo or Syracuse) and they are inexplicably tasty, even if your circulatory system suffers permanent damage.
The next two facts are related to #3, so here we go:
Fun fact #4:
"The original G(arbage) P(late) is at Nick Tahou's downtown, but every decent diner has a pretty good version.
Recently a local establishment known as the Lodge at Woodcliffe caused a ruckus when they began to heavily market an upscale version of the Garbage Plate (I have to start saving these articles; the only thing I remember is that the burgers were made with bison meat ((probably a subtle dig at Buffalo)) and the potatoes were properly fancied up with some secret herbs & spices.) The Lodge called it 'Le Plat du Refuse.'
Nick Tahou's has never before gone after a restaurant for copying the idea (unless said restaurant used the actual term 'garbage plate') but, I guess because the Lodge was so blatantly hoity-toity about the whole affair, Nick's went after it and the Lodge had to back off and agree not to use the name.
Fun fact # 5:
"No one expects anything of you the day after you've eaten one. Say 'I had a Plate last night,' and you will be left in peace. True fact."
If you can even mumble the words "I had a Plate last night," you're a local.