Sunday, March 02, 2008
american/mexican: GOOD DAY
No. 18, Lane 177, Dun Hua South Road, Sec 1
Kid friendliness: like a fast food place. no high chairs. stairs leading downstairs (where the restrooms are) so slightly hazardous for running toddlers
Visit reviewed: 11/29/2007
Don't confuse this Good Day with the other G'Day cafe, which I think I heard also had some Mexican food offerings (but haven't been). Picked as a lunch location by a friend, it was relatively empty during lunchtime except for us- it's a clean, bright fast food setting where you order over the counter and pay, but the food is made to order so it's not particularly fast. We had about five people and everything came out separately so some people were eating ahead of others. The menu is above the counter in English and Chinese although they told us (when asked) that the pictures are only for reference and not of _their_ actual food. The menu includes burgers, mexican food, pizzas, salads and other snack type fare.
On my quest to try every Mexican food (or Mexican-ish with a Taiwanese take) in Taipei, I ordered the chicken taco combo (NT$220). I had a side chips, drink and a sauce, for which I chose nacho cheese. I was going to get the guacamole, but it was not an option as a freebie. I asked if it was made in house with Haas/American avocados and they said no, so I opted against paying for it. The taco was harmless enough though very very far from authentic- the strangest thing was that it had a double layer of flour tortilla which sandwiched a layer of cheese. Pretty pricey for one taco- unless it was an awesome taco, and it wasn't.
The cheese sauce actually made for tasty dipping for my store-bought chips, though not enough. Nacho cheese, believe it or not, is harder to find than you'd think in Taipei- most of the places when I order nachos give us melted cheddar or mozz or mysterious cheese atop of chips instead of the movie theater style nacho cheese that is more melty and suitable for dipping. Mmmm, that makes me want to request that some Tostitos con queso dip get sent back in my next care package (even though it's something I never eat in LA.. don't you think it's weird the things and places you eat at in Taipei that you NEVER eat in the states?)
I didn't get to try the burger, but it actually looked pretty decent (bacon cheeseburger with onion rings) with fries. Lots of the local places here have been pretty capable of putting out good burgers.
Located in a little alley near Dun Hua, I spotted a lot of features in Taiwanese magazines/papers about them, so maybe they had a little publicity in the past few months. Its "American/Mexican" specialties are more likely to impress locals than those who are looking for the real thing.
PS. Speaking of THE REAL THING? Can it be?
I was browsing the forumosa.net boards and spotted this thread about a little stand for burritos, quesadillas and sopapillas up in Danshui run by Mexican couple who uses recipes from their family with FRESH tortillas and sauces and prices like NT$79 a burrito.
I am crazy excited.... I may be making the trip there to find Eddy Burrito since the word of mouth on the forum is so positive. And.... handmade corn tortillas!
Check out their website for hours and info.