Garbage Plates Taste Ahhhmaaazing on Mondays!
Ahhh Mondays…the dreaded start to the work week. The day where at around 10:30 in the morning you will inevitably say “oh God it’s only Monday”. Yes Mondays can be “manic”, according to The Bangles. Yes, The Carpenters were spot on when they sang “Rainy Days and Mondays” always get you down. And yes, “a case of the Mondays” is a true medical condition that can spread through an office like a California wildfire. However, Mondays at Scriptable Solutions are actually something that we get excited about!

At Scriptable Solutions we like to treat every Monday as if it were an observed holiday – we order Garbage Plates for lunch and eat like we’ve never eaten before! If you are familiar with the world famous garbage plate, then you know exactly how this lunch option can have such a positive impact on a work week. If you have no idea what a garbage plate is – well, that insanity has to stop now.


Here’s the skinny (or the not-so-skinny if you eat a lot of garbage plates): Although there are zillions of restaurants in Rochester that serve up some variation or imitation (some are pretty good too!), the garbage plate was trademarked in 1992 by its original founder, Nick Tahoe. Nick Tahoe created the Garbage Plate over 50 years ago…and food magic has been created every day since.

In order to describe a garbage plate accurately, let’s think of it in terms of a 3 level layer cake:
  • First Layer = A base of macaroni salad, home fries, and/or French fries. You can also order baked beans – but we don’t like to talk about that option.
  • Second Layer = A choice of 2 cheeseburgers, 2 hamburgers, 2 red hots, or 2 white hots. You can also order a choice of grilled cheese, sausage, ham, chicken fingers, eggs, and other things – but we don’t like to talk about these options either.
  • Third Layer = Onions, mustard, and a beyond generous serving of hot sauce and ketchup.

Even though it is layered when you get it, the ideal way to eat a garbage plate is to mix it all together into one giant Picasso painting on a plate. There is no such thing as “too much ketchup”, “too much hot sauce”, or “too much food”.

Ironically the vast majority of us at Scriptable Solutions order their plates the exact same way…Cheeseburger plate, mac, home fry, everything. There are other team members who order their plates a different way – but we don’t like to talk about them and their “options”. We're giant garbage plate snobs around here.

So if you’re ever wondering what the staff at Scriptable Solutions is doing on a Monday afternoon around 1:00 and why we’re not depressed – now you know!

Author: Scriptable Solutions, LLC
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