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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!