The Birthplace of Slop
If you look up the word “slop” in the dictionary, I am pretty sure there is a picture of a garbage plate from Western New York:
You’re looking at a styrofoam container spewing with white hots (hot dogs), home fries, macaroni salad, mustard, onions, and a frightening spicy meat sauce. The original “Garbage Plate” from Nick Tahou’s is a bargain- for 7 dollars you can feed one Eskimo, or an entire little league team. You can find the plates all over Western NY, or locally, in Saratoga at PJ’s BBQ. Just ask for the ”Trash Can” or the “Dumpster.”
You will never guess who introduced the garbage plate to me- my health conscious girlfriend, who insists on switching my fatty bacon to turkey bacon, and making salads that combine nuts and assorted fruits. The garbage plate definitely falls under the category of stomach demolishing road food. My experience was unique in that I casually ordered one on a quiet afternoon. I barely put a dent in it, but it was well worth the experience. Recommended eating times are between 10p.m. – 4:00 a.m., preferably after a frat party.