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

Thick, horseshoe-shaped sausage ring is tightly cased.


Crisp-edge, creamy-center French fries sprinkled with salt

French Fries

Mountainous sandwich holds pastrami, egg, French fries, cole slaw, and a tomato


Cafeteria tray holds a square meal of BBQ chicken, mac & cheese, collards, cornbread, sweet tea, and banana pudding

Dinner Platters

Rochester’s Best Restaurants

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