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Nick Tahou Hots

American, Hot Dogs, Fast Food
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320 W Main St, Rochester, NY 14608-1907
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Takeout

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Best Garbage Plate

I'd had other garbage plates, but never the original. I'd been wanting to go to Nick Tahou's to see where it all started, and finally got a chance to do just that. I had the red hots with mac salad and potatoes. Mustard, onions, and their famous hot sauce topped it off. Delicious!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Heather B
Victor, New York, United States
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Victor, New York, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd had other garbage plates, but never the original. I'd been wanting to go to Nick Tahou's to see where it all started, and finally got a chance to do just that. I had the red hots with mac salad and potatoes. Mustard, onions, and their famous hot sauce topped it off. Delicious!

Thank Heather B
Ontario, New York
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pathetic. Locals swear by the place, simply because of tradition and longevity. Congealed grease glistening among the slurry of slop is presented on paper plates in a location so crime ridden, even this former 24-hour hangout for drunks, streetwalkers and drugged urchins had to close up shop late at night. At least it might give the staff some time to... More 

Thank davidmQ8506CL
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74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We are new residents in the Rochester area, and were advised to try a Rochester special - The Garbage Plate. So naturally we headed to the "home" of the Garbage Plate - Nick Tahou's- and we were not disappointed. We tried both a cheeseburger garbage plate and a hotdog garbage plate and loved both! A fun funky atmosphere in a... More 

Thank Sandyw248
Albany, New York
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63 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Before going to Rochester for the first time I did as I always try to do. I try to see what local food is the "must have." That's when I learned about the Garbage Plate. Numerous people told me I should try one when I was there, so I knew I had to. When looking up the dish, I learned... More 

Thank The_Redbeard
Florence, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We were told by a local about this place; otherwise, we might not have found it. I did not want a garbage plate, and I was picky about the preparation of my hamburger--grilled, not raw, onions and no hot sauce--but the server was friendly and accommodating. As a result, I enjoyed a scrumptious lunch. It was interesting to hear that... More 

Thank retiredteacher157
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We stopped here for lunch on our way to the Catskills - agree with many reviews that say don't let the appearance stop you! It's not gourmet, but a fun stop for fast food. We had a garbage plate and pizza logs to share between 2 people. You don't think the combination of macaroni salad, home fries, cheeseburger, mustard and... More 

1 Thank munchkinkaty
Chippewa Bay, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

No visit to Rochester New York would be complete without a visit to Nick Tahou's Hots, home of the world famous "Garbage Plate" I never travel through here without stopping. Don't let the outside appearance fool you, the food is great and this will be an experience you will be telling your friends about for a long time.

1 Thank stephen t
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

So the claim to fame here is the garbage plate. For people not from the area, a garbage plate is essentially everything you would have in a normal meal smashed/piled together in a mess of grease, cheese, meat, and fries. They also have a spicy meat sauce that is guaranteed to give your bowels nightmares. I lived in upstate NY... More 

Thank Icarus4335
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Nick Tahou's has certainly evolved over the years, so now it's a true hot spot for anyone who visits. You simple MUST try a "garbage plate" to really know anything about Rochester! It's located in a somewhat borderline neighborhood but safer than it looks since a lot of police and detectives eat there too. Daytime is fairly boring but the... More 

3 Thank today9
Santa Fe, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We were in town visiting from Texas and let me just say Garbage never tasted so good!!!! We had Cheeseburger plates with Mustard and Onions and I've craved one ever since!!!!! I think I will fly back just for another visit to Nick T's for a Garbage Plate!!!!! Sooooo Good!

Thank Jwilliams191

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 W Main St, Rochester, NY 14608-1907
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: 585-464-9173

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American, Hot Dogs, Fast Food


Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?