01 of 07
First, The Macaroni Salad is Plated
Since this was my first garbage plate, I let the counter person help guide me. Customers usually get a choice of two bases from a list that includes; home fries, pasta salad, baked beans, mac and cheese, French fries, among others. I decided to go with the healthiest choice, the macaroni salad, which I could see had tiny specks of vegetables in it. Wow, that's a lot of macaroni salad!Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
Then Came the Home Fries
I was already getting nervous. They had just started, and I already had like two pounds of food on my plate!Continue to 3 of 7 below.
03 of 07
Time for the Red Hots
Not one, but two huge, all-beef red hots were flamed-broiled and added to the top of my mound of starch. I was wondering if the plastic plate was actually going to support all that weight.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
Yellow Mustard and Onions Garnish the Plate
No matter what kind of garbage plate you choose, they all get mustard and onions. That's just the rule.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
The Plate is Finished with a Mysterious Meat Sauce
This bizarre dish was finished with two large ladles of what the employee told me was "like chili," and "thought it was beef." In case that wasn't going to fill me up, a few slices of white bread was the final touch. I'm sure any standard chili recipe would work in case you actually decide to make this at home.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
My Attempt to Finish the Garbage Plate in the Name of Culinary Research
Looks aside, it was actually quite tasty. It reminded me of being at the company picnic, and you don't want to seem like a hog and keep going up the buffet table, so you pile as much food as will fit on your plate. It was kind of like that. I was determined to beat the garbage plate and finish the whole thing. I think the counter people were placing side bets.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
The Garbage Plate Wins
I was so close. But, I just couldn't do it. I threw in the towel...literally. But, I was glad I tried. So, if you are ever in Western New York, anywhere near Rochester, and are REALLY hungry, why not try a garbage plate for yourself. Good luck, you'll need it!
For more info read The Famous Garbage Plate of Rochester, New York article in our Extreme American Cuisine category.