Linda has the details over the treats of law suits over these two meals. Can you tell which is the authentic garbage plate and which is the tony phoney?
Lew Bryson has a great description of the garbage plate in his seminal text New York Breweries at page 156:
Hot dogs are one of the "meat" possibilities for a classic Rochester "garbage plate (or "rubbish plate," to use the upstate cant). The garbage plate is a late-night apres-bar favorite in Rocehster and originated at Nick Tahou Hots (320 West Main, 315-436-0184). The original Nick's is no longer open late, but there's another Nick's that is, at 2260 Lyell Avenue (315-429-6388). To build a garbage plate, first take a paper plate. Layer home fries, macaroni sald, and a meat (chicken, burger, or hot dogs) on it and then cover everything with Greek sauce and chopped onions: you can add baked beans to it as well. Most people then slather the whole mess with about half a bottle of ketchup and plenty of hot sauce. You can see how it got its name.My only quibble with my guide to all things US north-eastern and snacky (and ale-ish) is that the idea of one meat appears to have be thrown out from the above photos.