Restaurants in Rochester, NY

Rochester, New York, has a thriving branch of infamous Dinosaur BBQ; it is home to one of the most amazing (and least expensive) steak sandwiches anywhere, at LDR Char Pit, as well as to Don’s Original, where western New York’s hot dog culture reigns. Its signature dish is the Garbage Plate, created at Nick Tahou Hots, which trademarked the name. (Other restaurants that serve something similar have named it the Dumpster Plate, Trash Plate, Messy Plate, Sloppy Plate, or Rubbish Plate.) Beyond its garbage plate and Texas hots (chili dogs), Nick Tahou is worth visiting for a heartening taste of the city. To local citizens, it is more than a restaurant. It is a gathering place and symbol of community togetherness.

Rochester’s Most Famous Dishes

Long metal dish holds ice cream, syrup, chopped nuts, and whipped cream.

Ice Cream Sundaes

Moist cornbread stuffing under a spill of silky gravy

Stuffing

Cup of chili topped with cheese and chopped raw onions

Chili

Huge, crisp-fried wiener schnitzel is accompanied by little dumplings and apple sauce

Veal

Rochester’s Best Restaurants

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