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Saturday, February 21, 2009


A local legend passed this past week.

Stavros "Steve" Tahou, a member of the famous Rochester restaurant family, died Sunday of a heart attack two days after his 53rd birthday.

Mr. Tahou, a lifelong Chili resident, never strayed far from the family business.

Their grandfather, Alexander Tahou, started the business in 1918 on West Main Street, next door to its current location at 320 W. Main St.

Their late uncle, Nick Tahou, is the creator of the trademarked Garbage Plate and is the founder of Nick Tahou's Hots on West Main Street. Their late father, Ike, opened the Gates eatery with his brother Nick in 1979.

To the uninitiated, The Garbage Plate is a Rochester culinary institution. Since it's inception at Nick's joint on West Main, there have been many imitators but in my refined taste, there is no substitute for the plate at Stevie T's on Lyell.

A Garbage Plate is a combination of one selection of cheeseburger, hamburger, red hots, white hots (don't ask) and two sides of either home fries, French fries, baked beans, or macaroni salad. On top of that are the options of mustard and onions, ketchup, and Tahou's proprietary hot sauce, a greasy sauce with spices and ground beef. It's served with mystery bread that is stored in lawn size trash bags.

Requisite link: Tahou Hots

I have been eating at Stevie's about once a week for the past 20 plus years and my cholesterol levels can attest to that fact. Feck it.....

RIP Steve