The Garbage Plate originated at Nick Tahou Hots, a downtown lunch spot opened in 1918 by Alex Tahou, a Greek immigrant, who named it after his son. During the Depression, Tahou devised his hots and potatoes, with cured "red hot" franks and uncured "white hots," as a low-cost belly filler. By the 1980s, college kids were asking for "a plate with all that garbage," and the phrase stuck. Says Tahou's grandson and current owner, Alex, Jr., "We tried to fight it. 'Don't say that; it doesn't sound good when you call it garbage.' But when the powers that be are stronger than our desires, who are we going to please, customers or ourselves?"