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Where to Eat Western Comfort Foods in Taipei

I don’t care about cute interiors, and these places are definitely not trendy or new. But you know what? I’m too lazy to go explore new places on weekends and be disappointed half the time. So this is where I’ll go back to again and again when I am craving something Western — which is pretty often.

PIZZA

My top 3 picks: Gusto Pizza near Dongmen MRT, Solo Napoletana near Zhongshan MRT, and Big Boyz Pizza near Nanjing Fuxing MRT. Gusto and Solo are Italian style. Big Boyz is American.

BBQ

Baba Kevin’s American Barbecue is the only place people go to these days. Or if you’re okay with going farther north, Ed’s Diner is also a reliable option.

BURGERS

My only recommendation is Burger & Co near Tonghua Night Market. I could throw in a couple of other names, but why bother? Burger & Co is the best and only burger worth biting into in Taipei. Just don’t order the cheese fries — it’s literally dried cheese sprinkled on top of fries. Regular fries are fine.

ROAST CHICKEN

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.

ENGLISH FRY UP

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.

TACOS

Just go to 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.

BAKED POTATO

I have never been disappointed by the baked potato side at Ruth’s Chris. First, it tastes like potato. The bacon topping is just right. The potato is big. The flesh is fluffy. The butter and sour cream hit the spot. One day I’ll go to Ruth’s Chris and just order the baked potato. One day.

POTATO WEDGES

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.

FRIED CHICKEN

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.

BROWNIES

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.

STILL LOOKING…

You might notice there are a few missing categories: like pasta, salads and steak. To be honest, I make a lot of pasta dishes and we enjoy making steak dinners at home too.

If you have some Western food favorites — especially in any categories I’m missing — feel free to leave a comment!

Comments (5):

  1. Gao

    September 7, 2017 at 15:48

    I love the pulled pork at Mighty Quinn’s and the fish tacos at Eddy’s, both in Tianmu.

    Reply
    • Kathy

      September 7, 2017 at 18:44

      There’s a Mighty Quinn’s in Tianmu? Wow. I thought it was only at the Renai Roundabout! If you can make it to the other places listed, would love to know how you think they compare.

      Reply
  2. Liz

    September 7, 2017 at 22:16

    For burgers – I love Selfish Burger.
    For pizza – I love Little New Yorker.

    Reply
  3. Chris

    September 9, 2017 at 18:27

    Burgers at Le blanc is the best !

    Reply
  4. Rory

    September 10, 2017 at 12:30

    I dig Macho Taco and the little falafel stand near NTU.

    Reply

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