Thrillist Features Garbage Plates!

For the unfamiliar, Thrillist is a massive city-guide covering all the major cities – NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago - read by millions of followers. So when they come to tiny ol' Rochester to highlight a local fave, people take notice and you know it's a big deal.

This past summer, Thrillist made the trek up to The Young Lion of the West  for Garbage Plates and to see what all of the fuss was about. They met up with some passionate locals (and friends of ours!), Chris Clemens of Exploring Upstate, Linh Phillips of Sir Rocha Says, and Pete Wayner of Boomtown Table to learn the history of the Garbage Plate and all of the variations across the city.

Check out the great video they put together while they were here:

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Dear Food Truck Entrepreneur...


Garbage-Plate This city has become something of a foodie mecca in recent times...we have everything from ramen burgers, delectable meatballs, and even freshly cut charcuterie. We even have the BEST food trucks!

But before all of this, ever since the early 1900's, garbage plates made their way into the hearts and bellies of our local ancestors.


Wait a second, here's an idea - why not merge a historical favorite with the ever-growing and popular food truck craze? Boom!

Ok, so many of you may already know that I'm not the only one to come up with this idea as this is already being done - on the west coast!

The Garbage Truck

Spotted recently out in LA...

Inspired from the real thing here in Rochester as described from their Facebook page...

"We are a Los Angeles, CA based food truck bringing the LENGENDARY TRASH PLATE from Rochester NY to Southern California." Ok, the spelling error on their Facebook page is their own (can you spot it?), but the idea certainly is not.

The real question is - why don't we have one here?

Spoiler ALERT: Great business plan. Now please make it happen.

Sincerely Concerned,

the Rochesteriat

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Jason2 I cannot believe this hasn't happened yet. Seems pretty simple and straightfoward and would make a nice addition to the after-bar crowd around the East End. Wait a second - they are trying to re-brand over there...Ok, so maybe somewhere on Monroe Avenue. Check out more @theRochesteriat or Facebook.


Metaphorically Speaking of Course!


At the office of the Rochesteriat, we do a lot of research trying to find what's interesting, exciting, new, old, unique and everything else on the spectrum of interest here in our city. Of course, that includes what's on the local - as former President Bush would say - internets.

Just recently, I was sifting through some Youtube video's on the High Falls area when all of sudden, a most interesting video popped up…then, just when I thought it couldn't get any better, two more videos on our city's unique treasures were closely related...

Some of you may or may not have seen the recent ad campaign that Rochester Appliance came out with utilizing some of our city's most beloved treasures as the backdrop (and even used as props). Our good friend, Pete Wayner, aka "R.A. Suave", is the star in these spots and provides a unique, comical, and witty play on these local faves to the camera. Sorry ladies, unfortunately he is taken (to another one of our fave persons, Leah), and many kudos to him as he does an amazing job as The Little Theatre's PR and Marketing Coordinator for his full-time job.

Pete and I sat down this past summer to make an introduction video for the Movies with a Downtown View (that never aired), and I remember thinking, this guy's a pro on camera…and now I know why.

We were just excited to see our city and some good humor, together, take a look -

Metaphorically speaking…"not at all like High Falls…people go there."

Metaphorically speaking…"a lot like Rochester's Subway…lower than everywhere else."

Metaphorically speaking…"a lot like another Rochesterian treasure, the garbage plate." - at Corn Hill Landing.

Just in case you were wondering, the Rochesteriat was NOT approached by Rochester Appliance to advertise these videos on our site, nor have we ever talked with their team. And, while they have a long history of serving the city from their main office in Henrietta, unless they move to the city anytime soon (READ - move headquarters to the city!), you won't see them on the Rochesteriat. So we were faced with the difficult task of trying to fit these creatively assembled videos on our site from a suburbanized company.

And then it hit us - R.A. Suave just happens to celebrate his birthday on October 31st. So, while most of the country is only celebrating Halloween, here in our city we have R.A. Suave's birthday to celebrate too….

So here's our way of sending out a birthday shout-out to a good friend of ours...Happy Birthday Bud! Thank you for all of your hard work, and thank you for your work to make our city better...

...Metaphorically Speaking of Course!