Ithaca, N.Y. — Mayor Svante Myrick wants a garbage plate — and he’s willing to hand over the key to the city to get one.

“I will give the key to the city to the first restaurant in Ithaca that makes a garbage plate, Rochester style,” Myrick told the magazine Edible Finger Lakes. “I’ll make a proclamation.  Cut a ribbon. Whatever it takes.  I just want a garbage plate in my life.”

Garbage plates are a Rochester specialty, named for the seeming mountain of ‘garbage’ mixed together.

The plate has a hearty foundation of two sides: baked beans, macaroni salad, home fries or french fries.

For the next layer, you have a choice of  two of the following: cheeseburger, hamburger, red hots, white hots, Italian sausage, chicken tender, haddock, fried ham, grilled cheese or eggs.

The plate is topped with onions, mustard, and Nick’s signature hot sauce — a spicy chili named by the Rochester restaurant that invented the garbage plate, Nick Tahou Hots.

The garbage plate. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

So, who will it be? Which restaurant is going to step up to the (garbage) plate?