At this point, I’ve reviewed most of the plates in the city of Rochester. It’s to the point now where I need to venture out to the suburbs to try new spots. I looked around my map and decided on JT’s. For $11.61 you can get their version of the plate. Their plate won the 2020 “Plate-A-Palooza” event (allegedly). I didn’t know much about this event, so I had to do some research. Apparently, this took place back in February, which as we all know was a simpler time. Oddly enough though, the event doesn’t list them as a participating restaurant, which is a bit confusing (see comment below):
I have a tough time believing that they would lie about something that’s so easy for us to look up. If anybody has any information related to this event/the discrepancy please let me know in the comments below. (EDIT: The owner commented below on the discrepancy I noted above; please see the comment section ~ GPR)
All that aside, I quite enjoyed the plate, let’s break it down:
HEALTH INSPECTION NOTES:
So for the second time in recent memory, I wasn’t able to find an inspection for this place. It’s likely due to a different business name, or COVID-19 restrictions. Either way, I couldn’t find it. If you’re able to find their inspection let me know in the comments below.
Meat (Cheeseburgers): 4
In my experience, places that specialize in pizza generally have shitty burgers. Thankfully, this was not the case here. I felt the cheese they used had a good texture, and the burgers were good. I will mention that I felt the burger was a bit overcooked, which is why they didn’t receive the maximum score. Additionally, I felt they were a bit bland.
Meat Sauce: 4
I felt the meat sauce was good; but nothing special. It’s a rather mild take on the traditional meat sauce.
Potato Side (Home fries): 5
The home fries here were quite good. They also offer crinkle cut which is a nice option. This was one of the bright spots of the plate for me.
Mac Salad: 4
The mac salad here was good. I felt the noodles were a bit overcooked though, but that also tells me that it’s possible that they make the stuff in house. I’ll also point out that the mac salad was a bit mayo heavy and somewhat bland.
I was expecting the bread to be that stale bland thing that you so often receive. Thankfully, it was fresh. That said, the bread was rather dull and uninspired.
Portion Control/Composition: 5
They give you a ton of food for your money, and the portions were good. At no point did I feel like I was wading through too much mac salad, and none of the ingredients were too overpowering. The plate had a good synergy, even though I felt that in general most of the ingredients lacked any real punch.
Overall Score: 4.33 (repeating, of course)
This was an excellent plate from a place where my expectations weren’t very high.