Updated January 2019.
Taipei is such a diverse food city. These days you can find just about anything you’re looking for. These are the places I go back to again and again when I’m craving something Western — which is pretty often.
My only recommendation is Burger & Co near Tonghua Night Market. I could throw in a couple of other names, but why bother? Fries are very good too.
There’s now Morton’s in Breeze Xinyi and Smith & Wollensky in the new Breeze Nanshan mall, but the best value steak in Taipei is still Le Blanc on Daan Road. They also serve wines by the glass which is lovely. Ruth’s Chris is now dead to me after years of loyalty.
The delicious chicken entree at Peruvian restaurant PICO PICO near Xinyi Anhe MRT stop is where I go for fancy chicken when I’m feeling too classy to swing by Costco and pick up a whole chicken in a bag.
Just go to Woolloomooloo, Taipei’s original Australian-style cafe. Its full English breakfast doesn’t look like it was plated to perfection for Instagram and I especially like the homemade sourdough bread. Important to remember: the food comes out at turtle speed and they’ll never ever serve everyone together.
El Sabroso. The Mexican chef makes everything in-house, including the salsas and tortillas, which is why they only serve tacos on Tuesdays. It’s not a restaurant though, more like a food stall. The horchata is good there too. I’ve heard good things about Tacos Luca at Maji Square too.
Yes, potato wedges is its own category because I’m such a diehard fan of the ones at Bobwundaye. They come out so hot and crispy you’ll burn your mouth — and you’ll like it.
I recently had this amazingly crispy and juicy Southern-style fried chicken at Buttermilk restaurant inside amba Zhongshan hotel. The grilled corn, fried brussel sprouts and freshly baked biscuits were also fantastic.
However, my more frequent fried chicken spot is a stand at Tonghua Night Market run by a young Taiwanese couple. Their chicken wings are *kisses fingers*
Heritage Bakery near Beimen is your best bet. Their carrot cake is incredible. Otherwise Woolloomooloo also has an in-house bakery that does a great banana cream pie. For fancier stuff, I always get the chocolate and lemon tarts at Yu Chocolatier.
Coco Brownies near Gongguan makes brownies, cupcakes and cookies. Stick with the brownies. After trying a bunch of different flavors, my faves are the classic and Earl Gray. The banana and walnut muffin is also tasty.
If you have a sandwich itch, I recommend the BLT at Liquid Bread Company. They do a bunch of other sandwiches too, of course. Fries are great and they serve Taihu beer on tap. If you’re lucky you’ll see locals eating their sandwiches with plastic gloves on.
I’ve been going to Gonna at the Renai roundabout lately. They have freshly squeezed juices (including beet juice), clean salads, a bunch of pasta and panini options and a decent burger. Reasonably priced. It’s probably my favorite fast casual option in the city right now. There’s a second location in Neihu.
If you have some Western food favorites — especially in any categories I’m missing — feel free to leave a comment!