I SWEAR I DIDN’T MAKE THIS UP: A collection of “Local Specialties” from the Central New York Area (Syracuse, Rochester, Binghamton, et cet.)

1. Salt Potatoes.

potatoes boiled in heavily salted water. yes. that’s it. Also for some reason it’s a “Summer” food…?

It tastes fine, just like a salty potato.

2. Hoffman’s Snappy Grillers, a.k.a. white hot dogs, a.k.a. “Coneys”

Made of veal and pork. I think there’s also powdered milk in there. They’re based off of the idea of German Weisswurst. They taste ok but you have to be in the mood for them.

3. Garbage Plates.

Yes they are actually called that. From the link:

A Garbage Plate is a true Rochester delicacy. It is a disorganized combination of either cheeseburger, hamburger, Italian sausages, steak, chicken, white or red hots, a grilled cheese sandwich, fried fish, or eggs, served on top of one or two of the following: home fries, fries, beans, and mac salad. A plate is always made to order. Then, the plate is adorned with optional mustard, onions and Rochester’s version of hot sauce.

I have not eaten this. I will probably NOT eat this. Here’s a meat version, AND a VEGETARIAN VERSION:


From the link:

In Rochester, hot sauce most commonly refers to a greasy spiced sauce containing bits of meat. This type of sauce is used to top Garbage Plates, as well as burgers at Bill Gray’s. One of the lesser known ingredients in the sauce is actually cinnamon.1

Rochester style meat hot sauce is sold by the bottle at Wegmans - look for Coach Tony’s Gourmet Hot Sauce.

Other local sauces with a spicy kick include Boss Sauce, Country Sweet and PaPa Al’s Hot Sauce, all of which are excellent cooking sauces.


5. "Spiedies"

Okay so supposedly the meat is marinated for up to TWO WEEKS (D:) or something but when I’ve had it it just tastes like plain chicken with oil on? It’s like a chicken kebob with oil and Italian seasoning on it? I don’t like it. Here is what it looks like:

Ok, I’m done, I’m done. I can’t do this anymore.

But seriously this is actually foods I have eaten or been offered and was like “no”.