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Where to Eat Western Comfort Foods in Taipei

Updated October 2019.

These are the places I go back to again and again in Taipei when I’m craving something Western, which let’s admit is pretty damn often.

Pizza

My top picks: Gusto Pizza near Dongmen MRT and Pizza Perse near Dunhua South Road.

Burgers

My recommendations are Burger & Co near Tonghua Night Market to get your hands dirty and Le Blanc for a knife-and-fork burger. The one at Avenue is a recent discovery.

Fish & Chips

British Oysters Seafood Shed does a great job. The owner used to work at an oyster farm in the UK and now he’s back in Taipei running this place. Their fish and chips are crispy and the portion is generous.

Brunch

Just go to Woolloomooloo, Taipei’s original Australian-style cafe. Their English breakfast doesn’t look like it was plated to perfection for Instagram and I especially like the homemade sourdough bread. Second Floor Cafe is another good option. They have a huge menu and a bunch of locations around town.



For vegetarian and vegan options, The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Eats in Taipei has a whole section dedicated to brunch and bistro fare.

Good Italian

There are plenty of places to get pasta in Taipei, but at Antico Forno it’s made fresh in-house. The restaurant feels like a cozy neighborhood Italian place, and the other diners were mostly local Taiwanese families when I went on a Sunday night. They have a delicious cold platter for 800NT. I also loved the pappardelle with sausage, mushroom and truffle.

Salt & Stone inside the Taipei 101 mall is another safe bet for pastas, pizzas and appetizers. And I can’t forget Gusto Market of Taste. They make amazing sandwiches with Italian cheeses and cold cuts. They also have lots of burrata and mozzarella cheese in the fridge.

Steakhouse

There’s 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. They also serve wines by the glass which is lovely. Ruth’s Chris is now dead to me after years of loyalty.

Tacos & Burritos

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. Other options: Sheep+pony make a tasty taco and 遊牧 to go NOMAD has some pretty good reviews.

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.

BBQ

Baba Kevin’s American Barbecue is the only place people go to downtown. Or if you’re okay with going farther north, Ed’s Diner is a reliable option. The recently opened Bogart’s Smokehouse over by Nangang Station also got some votes. Or there’s Tony’s BBQ Smokehouse in Neihu.

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.



Fried Chicken

I’m a fan of the amazingly crispy and juicy Southern-style fried chicken at Buttermilk restaurant inside amba Zhongshan hotel. The freshly baked biscuits are so damn good. Burger Out also has great views for their fried chicken sandwich and waffles.

Sandwiches

If you have a sandwich itch, I recommend Liquid Bread Company. Fries are great and they serve Taihu beer on tap. If you’re lucky you’ll see locals eating with plastic gloves on.

Hot Dogs

Jimmy’s Hotdog Club by Daan MRT station has a mouthwatering menu of hotdogs loaded with pickles, salsa, mac and cheese, and chili. They also do burgers, chicken wings and crinkle cut fries.

Salads Etc.

I’ve been going to Gonna at the Renai roundabout lately for fast casual food. 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. Sugar Pea Cafe is a more upscale option.

Desserts

Heritage Bakery near Beimen is your best bet. Their carrot cake is so rich and carrot-y. Woolloomooloo has an in-house bakery that does a great banana cream pie. For fancier stuff, I get the chocolate and lemon tarts at Yu Chocolatier.

Coco Brownies near Gongguan makes brownies, cupcakes and cookies. Stick with the brownies. My faves are the classic and Earl Gray. COFFEE DPT makes decadent cookies you’ll regret eating.

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



Comments (8):

  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
  5. Lam

    May 13, 2018 at 10:34

    Burger Ray is better than Burger & Co. in my opinion. they have more varities as well.

    Reply
  6. Cassie

    September 5, 2019 at 10:28

    Homemade by Dahu Park! Amazing Cobb salad!!

    Reply
  7. Sarah

    September 6, 2019 at 07:51

    Great list! I’ve gotta say though I was surprised not to see my all time favourite place for Burgers, Brunch and Wings… The Diner in Xinyi! Love that place and their new menu has only upped their game

    Reply

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