Monday, December 01, 2008

1st Annual 2008 Best of Taipei Readers' Choice Poll



So we all know that Taipei is filled with tons of good eats. Here's your turn to tell everyone else about your favorites!

It's long, but we're always eating! Please fill out as many as you feel like it and post in the comments section! It's probably easiest to copy and paste the area below and fill it out...

Mull it over.. I will run this until December 20th and then tabulate all the info. I will announce the winners by January 1st.

I will also randomly select 1 LUCKY Reader to give away a NT$1000 gift certificate to whichever restaurant wins Best of the Best. (If the restaurant that wins Best of the Best doesn't have or won't let me buy a gift certificate, then I'll make it something equally yummy or a Starbucks card!) Try to comment with your name or initials- so I'll be able to identify you when you email me if you win after I announce the winner! So I hope everyone will participate and campaign for their faves!

1st EVER HUNGRYINTAIPEI.com's BEST OF TAIPEI READERS' CHOICE RESTAURANT POLL
(categories inspired by San Francisco Magazine and other best of lists, as well as the historic elections this year!)

Best of the Best Restaurants
Best New Restaurant in 2008
Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under)
Best Splurge Restaurant

Best Breakfast/ Brunch
Best Late-Night Bites
Best Family Dining
Best Romantic Restaurant
Best Buffet
Best Night Market
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends
Best Unexpected Find in Taipei
Best Bar Scene
Best Delivery
Best Food Court
Best Fast Food

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant
Best Chinese Restaurant
Best Japanese Restaurant
Best Sushi/Sashimi
Best French
Best Italian
Best Indian
Best Mexican/Latin/Spanish
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian
Best Korean
Best American/Western

Best Noodles
Best Xiao Long Bao
Best Dim Sum
Best Hamburger
Best Hot Pot
Best Pizza
Best Steak
Best Vegetarian
Best Afternoon Tea
Best Desserts
Best Ice Cream
Best Shaved Ice
Best Coffee/Tea shop
Best Bakery

Best Fill-in-the-Blank (Whatever I forgot. Let me know! Vote for it!)

44 comments:

Mayur Polepalli said...

Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under)- 7/11 Lunch Box
Best Breakfast - LaGuardia
Best Food Court - Taipei 101
Best Fast Food - Subway
Best Buffet - Far Eastern Buffet
Best Night Market - Shida
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - Din Tai Fung
Best Indian Restaurant - Tandoor
Best American/Western Restaurant - Grandma Nitty's
Best Xiao Long Bao - Din Tai Fung
Best Pizza - Mary Jane

joanh said...

thanks Mayur for kicking it off!! if no one else responds, you've got NT$1000

Ron Molenda said...

Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under) - Sababa
Best Lunch Break from Work - Moxie's 敦花2段81巷
Best Splurge Restaurant - Dean and Deluca Breeze

Best Breakfast - Diner
Best Weekend Brunch - 糖朝
Best Late-Night Bites - 和民 Watami
Best Romantic Restaurant - 大提琴聲音廚房 GOURMET CELLO
Best Buffet - Cafe at Far Eastern

Best Unexpected Find in Taipei - Toasteria
Best Delivery - Chicago Pizza Factory
Best Fast Food - 21st Century (Shi-Da)

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant - 小南們
Best Sushi/Sashimi Restaurant - New York Sushi
Best Italian Restaurant - 兔子聽音樂 Bunny
Best Indian Restaurant - ?Tandoor? XinGuang A4 Food Court
Best Latin/Spanish/Mexican Restaurant - Tequila Sunrise
Best Korean Restaurant - ABo (南京建國)
Best Vietnamese Restaurant - Pho XinYi Eslite/Breeze
Best American/Western Restaurant - Swenson's

Best Noodles - Noodle Momma on 泰順街16巷
Best Xiao Long Bao - DinTaiFeng 鼎泰豐
Best Dim Sum - 港九香滿樓
Best Hamburger - Bongo's
Best Hot Pot - TaiPower
Best Pizza - Alleycat's
Best Afternoon Tea - Cha Lounge at Grand Hyatt
Best Shaved Ice - 臺一牛奶大王
Best Ice Cream - Big Tom's
Best Coffee/Tea - 栔茶趣
Best Bakery - Boite De Bijou

Love the blog! RM

Anonymous said...

Best Pizza: Alleycat's
Best Mexican Restaurant: Eddy's Cantina
Best Food Court: Taipei 101

joanh said...

Ron and Anonymous: Thanks! Be sure to tell your friends to vote too!

Baby Madison said...

Best of the Best Restaurants - Ruth's Chris
Best New Restaurant in 2008 - The Diner
Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under) - 8(bah) corners?(fong) for potstickers
Best Splurge Restaurant - Ruth's Chris

Best Breakfast/ Brunch - The Diner
Best Late-Night Bites - Shilin Night Market
Best Family Dining - Bellini Pasta
Best Romantic Restaurant
Best Buffet - The Cafe @ the Hyatt
Best Night Market - Shilin Night Market
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - Din Tai Fung
Best Delivery - Mc Donald's
Best Food Court - Taipei 101
Best Fast Food - 7-11

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant - Onion
Best Japanese Restaurant - Mitsui
Best Sushi/Sashimi - Mitsokoshi Supermarket @ Tien Mu
Best Italian - Bellini Pasta
Best Mexican/Latin/Spanish - Chili's
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian - Madame Jill/chuilin
Best Korean - Min Dong
Best American/Western - Carnegie's

Best Xiao Long Bao - Din Tai Fung
Best Dim Sum - Sweet Dynasty
Best Hamburger - Gordon Bierch's
Best Hot Pot - Sugar Cane @ MingChuan
Best Pizza - Rialto Pizza @ Tien Mu
Best Steak - Ruth's Chris
Best Afternoon Tea - Aunt Stella's
Best Desserts - Movenpick
Best Ice Cream - Movenpick
Best Coffee/Tea shop - the one w/the heart logo
Best Bakery - Johan @ Mitsokoshi in Tien Mu B1

getting hungry again =(

keauxgeigh said...

I could probably do this for San Francisco, but my dining in Taipei is not varied enough ... which is the helpfulness of your blog, btw.

joanh said...

baby madison: thanks!

keauxgeigh: aww.. pick the categories you want.. you must have some faves!

Anonymous said...

Best of the Best Restaurants
Best New Restaurant in 2008 - L'idiot
Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under) - Tong-Men Tempura
Best Breakfast/ Brunch - carnegie's
Best Late-Night Bites - Yonghe DouJiang (Fuxing S.)
Best Family Dining - Shanghai Shanghai
Best Romantic Restaurant - Chez Jimmy
Best Buffet - Cafe @ Far Eastern
Best Night Market - Shi-Lin
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - Shinyeh
Best Food Court - Xinyi Eslite bookstore
Best Fast Food - Toasteria

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant - Hawji Danzi Mian
Best Chinese Restaurant - Shanghai Shanghai(Ming Sheng)
Best Japanese Restaurant - Sanwant 4F
Best Sushi/Sashimi - Sanka Taipei
Best French - Chez Alain
Best Italian - La Giara
Best Indian - the Spicy Shop
Best Mexican/Latin/Spanish - Yuma
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian - Sukhothai at Sheraton
Best Korean - Qing Zhou Quan
Best American/Western - GB

Best Xiao Long Bao - Din Tai Fung
Best Dim Sum - Cantonese @ brother hotel
Best Hamburger - California Grill
Best Hot Pot - orange shabu shabu
Best Pizza - Alley's Cat
Best Steak - lawry's
Best Vegetarian - Cafeteria at Taian hospital
Best Afternoon Tea - Joyce Cafe
Best Desserts - Paul
Best Ice Cream - Movenpick
Best Shaved - Tai-I
Best Coffee/Tea shop - illy's coffee shop
Best Bakery - DONQ

MJ Mama

jg said...

Best of the Best Restaurants
Best New Restaurant in 2008 -
VVG Bon Bon (how young bb)
Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under) - Jui Ru
Best Breakfast/ Brunch - bfast=The Diner , brunch=VVG bistro
Best Late-Night Bites - any congee shop on Fuxing S. or Cheers at Hyatt
Best Family Dining - ShinYeh
Best Romantic Restaurant - villa32
Best Buffet - Hyatt
Best Night Market - Shi-Lin
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - Din Tai Fung
Best Food Court - Breeze2 Taipei Train Station
Best Fast Food - hmm...an oxymoron- how about Ah Chung Men Sheen - so fast you don't sit down

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant - ShinYeh
Best Chinese Restaurant - S court Ambassador Hotel
Best Japanese Restaurant - Sumi SanWant Hotel
Best Sushi/Sashimi - Shan Hua (dun hua s)
Best French - Chez Jimmy
Best Italian - Sabatini Cucina
Best Mexican/Latin/Spanish - none (but Chili's texmex is decent)
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian - Mai Kung(Yang Ji) /Pho Hua
Best Korean - Happy Korean
Best American/Western - Macoroni Grill

Best Xiao Long Bao - Din Tai Fung
Best Dim Sum - Chao Pin Ji SanWant Hotel 2f
Best Hamburger - California Grill
Best Hot Pot - orange shabu shabu
Best Pizza - Alley's Cat
Best Steak - Robin's Grand Regent
Best Vegetarian - Jen Dow Buffet
Best Afternoon Tea - Joyce Cafe
Best Desserts - L'Idiot
Best Shaved - Tai-I
Best Coffee/Tea shop - VVG/Ten Ren Tea House
Best Bakery - Pozzo/bonjour/milk house

Sandy said...

This is going to take me quite some time to decide!
And I'm not going to do it unless you reveal your identity -- I love your blog and follow it carefully. You're a damn good reviewer!

joanh said...

MJ Mama and JG: thanks!!

Sandy: Thanks for reading and the vote of confidence! I hope you decide to do it! I'm bummed not more people are writing in! :(

OceanViewer said...

My vote for Best New Restaurant in 2008, Best (& first/only authentic) Mexican is Eddy's Cantina in Danshui http://www.eddyscantina.com/
Good food & friendly service.

Steve said...

Best New Restaurant in 2008 - KGB Kiwi Gourmet Burgers
Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under) - Biff's Pita
Best Breakfast/ Brunch - The Diner
Best Late-Night Bites - 24 Hour places down Fuxing South Sec 2. (No Name etc)
Best Night Market - Shida
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - Peoples
Best Unexpected Find in Taipei - Pieboy
Best Bar Scene - Roxy 99
Best Delivery - Chicago Pizza (Daan)
Best Food Court - Breeze main station
Best Fast Food - KGB
Best Japanese Restaurant - Ominomiyaki near Zhongxiao Dunhua (alley Southwest)
Best Italian - Alleycats
Best Indian - Out of India (Shida)
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian - 非常素 Thai vegetarian (Xinyi)
Best American/Western - Citizen Cain
Best Noodles - 怪味麵 at 岩采堂 (by Zhongshan MRT)
Best Hamburger - KGB
Best Pizza - Peacock (Shida)
Best Vegetarian - 素食麻辣火鍋 on Nanjing Lu Sec5
Best Coffee/Tea shop - Mo!Relax

joanh said...

oceanviewer: thanks! no other faves?

steve: thanks for sharing! you have a lot on your list that i've been wanting to try.

Anonymous said...

It's probably oceanviewer ranting for his own restaurant... lol!
I've had a burrito from Eddy's Cantina in Danshui and it's more like 'Best Uniquely Taiwanese.'

abstractpoet said...

I'll play! =)


Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under)- Yonghe Dou Jiang
Best Lunch Break from Work- Danzai Noodles at Tu Hsiao Yue
Best Western Breakfast- Omelet to Go
Best Chinese Breakfast- Fu Hang Dou Jiang
Best Weekend Brunch- VVG Table/VVG Bistro
Best Street Eats at Night Market- Black pepper buns at Raohe St. night market
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends- Shin Yeh
Best Unexpected Find in Taipei- Flavors (Swedish--apparently open at a new location now, which I'm super sad we never got to go to!)
Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant- Shin Yeh
Best Japanese Restaurant- Sumie / 33 Jian Tang
Best Western Restaurant- Flavors
Best Beef Noodle Soup- Lao Zhang (Old Chang's) Beef Noodles
Best Tapioca Milk Tea- 50 Lan
Best Dim Sum- Sweet Dynasty
Best Ramen- Akasaka Ramen
Best Hamburger- Bongos
Best Hot Pot- Mushroom Park Hotpot
Best Pizza- Alleycats
Best Ice Cream- Chocolate Chocolate Chip @ Movenpick
Best Coffee/Tea- 85° C
Best Bakery- Breads- Johan Bakery
Best Bakery- Cakes- 85° C (Unless you count Mr. Donut as "cakes")
Best Non-Dim Sum Cantonese- Hong Kong
Best Milkshake- The Diner
Best Dumplings- Fatty Chou Dumpling House
Best Peking Duck- Taoranting
Best Udon- 土三寒六
Best Sit-Down Restaurant in a Shopping Mall- Shanghai Shanghai
Best Fast Food- Mos Burger

Ron Wu said...

Best Breakfast/ Brunch - The Diner
Best Family Dining - 上海鄉村(台北市仁愛路2段67號B1)
Best Buffet - 欣葉 (ShinYeh)
Best Night Market - 寧夏夜市 (NinShia)
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - Din Tai Fung
Best Food Court _ Taipei 101

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant - 田園台灣料理 (台北市東豐街2號)

Best Noodles - 林東芳牛肉麵(台北市八德路二段274號)
Best Xiao Long Bao - Din Tai Fung
Best Dim Sum - 紅磡港式飲茶
Best Hot Pot - 鼎王麻辣鍋(Tripod King)
Best Shaved Ice - 冰館(IceMonster)

beelove said...

Best New Restaurant in 2008 - L'IDIOT
Best Breakfast/ Brunch - L'IDIOT
Best Dim Sum - 華漾 Hwa-Young
Best Hot Pot - 元香 Yuan Shiang
Best Food Court - Taipei 101

Jennifer Chiang said...

Best of the Best Restaurants--Totto Bello
Best New Restaurant in 2008--L'idot
Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under)--好米吉便當
Best Splurge Restaurant--??

Best Breakfast/ Brunch-- Dan Ryans
Best Late-Night Bites-- 7-11
Best Family Dining--Friday's
Best Romantic Restaurant--
Best Buffet--Shareton's
Best Night Market--ke-Lung temple
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends--Shing-ye 101@85F
Best Unexpected Find in Taipei--No Sushi (野壽司)
Best Bar Scene--??
Best Delivery--仙芋仙
Best Food Court--Breeze center's
Best Fast Food--Molly's burger

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant--台南擔子麵@華西街
Best Chinese Restaurant--Ding Tai Fung
Best Japanese Restaurant--牛sushi
Best Sushi/Sashimi--牛sushi
Best French--Shareton's
Best Italian--totto Bello
Best Indian
Best Mexican/Latin/Spanish
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian
Best Korean--南大門
Best American/Western--Dan Ryan's

Best Noodles--永康牛肉麵
Best Xiao Long Ba--Ding Tai Fung
Best Dim Sum--Sam won
Best Hamburger--molly's
Best Hot Pot--鼎王
Best Pizza
Best Steak
Best Vegetarian--鈺善閣
Best Afternoon Tea--Regent's
Best Desserts
Best Ice Crea--movenpick
Best Shaved Ice--冰館
Best Coffee/Tea shop--Starbucks
Best Bakery--Mason Keyser@Breeze center

CH said...

Best of the Best Restaurants: L'IDIOT!

Noodle King said...

Best Italian: L'IDIOT

Charles said...

Best New Restaurant: L'Idiot

belsandy said...

Best of the Best Restaurants - L'Idiot
Best New Restaurant in 2008 - L'Idiot

Best Breakfast/ Brunch - L'Idiot
Best Night Market - ShihLin
Best Fast Food - MOS

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant - Shinyeh
Best Chinese Restaurant - 1010
Best French - Paul
Best Italian - Cosi o Cosi
Best Indian - Tandoor
Best Mexican/Latin/Spanish - Chilis
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian - Home's
Best Korean - Dobu House
Best American/Western - The Diner

Best Noodles - 桃源街牛肉麵
Best Hot Pot - 太和殿
Best Pizza - GB
Best Afternoon Tea - Smith & Hsu
Best Ice Cream - Coldstone
Best Bakery - Paul

Anonymous said...

Best of the Best Restaurants - L'idiot

Best New Restaurant in 2008 - L'idiot

Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under)武昌排骨大王 - the one in ximending - the original one

Best Breakfast/ Brunch - THE DINER

Best Late-Night Bites - 清粥小菜

Best Family Dining - l'idiot

Best Buffet - ghengis khan mongolian bbq~!

Best Night Market - shrr da!

Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - ding tai fong

Best Food Court - 101

Best Fast Food - mei er mei breakfast sandwiches

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant - mei er mei rulez

Best Chinese Restaurant
隆記 & 老九記 & ambassador hotel's shezhuan restaurant

Best French - la petit

Best Italian - ACC and tutto bello

Best Indian - 印度風情 near shrr da

Best Mexican/Latin/Spanish - doesn't exist

Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian - 永吉路's vietnamese pho

Best Korean - 涓豆腐

Best American/Western - l'idiot

Best Xiao Long Bao ding tai fong and kao ji

Best Hamburger - l'idiot although it's not on their menu anymore - second best is the diner

Best Hot Pot - 鍋善
Best Pizza alley cat
Best Steak 新濱teppanyaki's wagyu

Best Desserts 15 eme
Best Ice Cream - big tom's

Hank S said...

Best of the Best Restaurants - L'idiot
Best New Restaurant in 2008 - L'idiot
Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under) - 山東刀削麵
Best Splurge Restaurant - L'idiot

Best Breakfast/ Brunch - The Terrace at The American Club in China
Best Late-Night Bites - 四海豆槳
Best Family Dining - 方家小館
Best Night Market - Shir Lin Night Market
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - 鼎泰豐
Best Unexpected Find in Taipei - The Hive (just closed. Sorry!)
Best Bar Scene - Various small/independent bars behind An He Road Section 2
Best Delivery - (no reason to ever eat delivery in Taipei!)
Best Food Court - Taipei 101
Best Fast Food - Mos Burger

Best Chinese Restaurant - 方家小館
Best Japanese Restaurant - 雅園
Best Sushi/Sashimi - 雅園
Best Indian - Tandoor
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian - 瓦城
Best American/Western - The Terrace at The American Club in China

Best Noodles - 人間美味 (hands down best broth)
Best Xiao Long Bao - 方家小館
Best Dim Sum - 華漾
Best Hamburger - (nowhere in Taiwan)
Best Hot Pot - (at home, with family)
Best Pizza - (nowhere in Taiwan)
Best Steak - Ruth's Chris
Best Vegetarian - (gross)
Best Afternoon Tea - VVG Bistro
Best Desserts - L'idiot
Best Ice Cream - L'idiot (they make their own and it's amazing!)
Best Shaved Ice - 冰館
Best Coffee/Tea shop - Various tea inns at 錨空
Best Bakery - 85°C (ha! I know, right?)

Best/most Underrated Restaurant - 方家小館
Best Seafood - Local restaurants at the fishing villages of 翡翠灣
Best Chinese Breakfast - 高記
Best Dive Bar - Connie's

Anonymous said...

Best of the Best Restaurants - L'idiot
Best New Restaurant in 2008 - L'idiot
Best Breakfast/ Brunch - L'idiot
Best Family Dining - L'idiot

VermontNativeinFlorida said...

L'idiot, hands down!! :)

Best of the Best Restaurants - L'idiot
Best New Restaurant in 2008 - L'idiot
Best Breakfast/ Brunch - L'idiot
Best Family Dining - L'idiot

216girl said...

Hi there - just writing to let you know your blog is great! I've lived in Taipei for most of my life but still check out your blog for new places to try. Thanks for sharing!

Here are my votes -
Best of the Best Restaurants: Shintori on Chien-Kuo N. Rd
Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under): Jiu Ru
Best Breakfast/ Brunch: NY Bagel
Best Romantic Restaurant: Forchetta
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends: 四川吳抄手 Chili House
Best Food Court: 101 for variety
Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant: AoBa
Best Chinese Restaurant: Shou Lan Gourmet 秀蘭 (for food but not ambience)
Best Japanese Restaurant: Shintori on Chien-Kuo N. Rd
Best Italian: 小公園 Le Petit Park in Da-zhi
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian: Mae-Kung Thai on Yanji St
Best American/Western: NY Pizza Kitchen
Best Noodles: Yong Kang Beef Noodle
Best Xiao Long Bao: Din Tai Fung
Best Dim Sum: Chao Pin Ji (San Want Hotel 2F)
Best Pizza: Cosi o Cosi
Best Hot Pot: Orange
Best Afternoon Tea: Marco Polo Lounge at Far Eastern
Best Ice Cream: Movenpick
Best Shaved Ice: Ice Monster
Best Fill-in-the-Blank - Teppanyaki: Robins Teppan at Grand Formosa Regent

Gloria said...

Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under):鼎旺's spicy noodle
Best Night Market:Shi-lin
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends:Ding-Tai-Fon
Best Food Court:Shinkon Mitsukoshi
Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant:Ming-Fu (明福)
Best Japanese Restaurant:San Want SUMIE/San-Hua (山花)
Best Sushi/Sashimi:as above
Best Thai:Sheraton's Sukhothai
Best Korean:Happy Korean Cuisine
Best Xiao Long Bao:Ding-Tai-Fon
Best Dim Sum:San Want Chao-Ping-Ji
Best Hot Pot:ORANGE Japanese hot pot

Anonymous said...

Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under) Sababah
Best Breakfast/ Brunch The Diner
Best Late-Night Bites NY Bagel
Best Romantic Restaurant Villa32

Best Night Market Shi-lin
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends DinTaiFeng
Best Unexpected Find in Taipei Flavors
Best Food Court Breeze2 Taipei Train Station
Best Fast Food Subway

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant ShinYeh
Best Japanese Restaurant Dozo
Best French Chez Jimmy
Best Italian La Garia
Best Indian Tandoor
Best Mexican La Casita / Amy's
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian Madame Jill
Best American/Western Macaroni Grill

Best Noodles Food market by the old post office on Chongcing S Rd
Best Xiao Long Bao DinTaiFeng
Best Hamburger California grill
Best Pizza Alleycat's
Best Steak Ruth's Chris
Best Ice Cream Coldstone
Best Bakery Is

CGM said...

best hamburger: california grill

Anonymous said...

jaaaaa, californic grill is the BEST burger!!! yummy!!!!!!

Shan said...

Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under)- Sababa
Best Buffet - Hyatt
Best Night Market - Shiling
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - Din Tai Fong
Best Chinese - Xin Dong Nan (for seafood), Long Du (for Cantonese duck), Xiao Xiao Ke
Best Hamburger - California Grill
Best Hot Pot﹣天香回味
Best Afternoon Tea - Sherwood
Best Ice Cream - Coldstone
Best Dessert - Beard Papa

Love your blog! Keep up the great posts!

roz said...

Best New Restaurant in 2008 - silks palace npm
Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under) - 豪大大chicken cutlets (can it count?)

Best Late-Night Bites - 小李子porridge
Best Family Dining - friday's
Best Buffet - grand hyatt
Best Night Market - shida or raohe for food, shilin for stuff
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - urgh, din tai fung
Best Bar Scene - brown sugar
Best Food Court - shinkong mitsukoshi A11

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant - 明福
Best American/Western - dan ryan's

Best Xiao Long Bao - dtf, of course
Best Hamburger - california grill
Best Hot Pot - momo paradise for jap, 辣中間 for 麻辣
Best Steak - ruth's chris
Best Shaved Ice - shilin night market stall ___ (sorry i forgot)


Best Fill-in-the-Blank (Whatever I forgot. Let me know! Vote for it!)... stinky tofu?

Anonymous said...

Best Burger in Taipei: California Grill !!!

Best Latin/Spanish/Mexican Restaurant: La Casita

Best Pizza: Alleycat's

Best Lasagna: Mr. Paco's

Best Beef Noodle Soup: Lao Zhang

Kev said...

Best burger-California Grill

OceanViewer said...

Ha! I wish Eddy's was my place :) Actually I just happen to live near Danshui & pass it on my bus route fairly often & have been there a few times with some of my kids & a few friends & think it's the closest to real that I've had in my 10 years in Asia. I'm a Californian & Mexican is probably the food I've missed most, I'd given up on ever having a good horchata again! Granted, the servings are not the same (but I don't really want a one kilo carnitas :) & in that respect much prefer the smaller servings where I pay for what I get & get what I pay for. As far as a few other favorites, Best Ice Cream would be Cold Stone Creamery (but then, I have kids so like novelty), Best Sandwich I'd say the bagel sandwich at Bigtom, Best "Make Believe Your in the States" would be Chili's & best Buffet would be Wasabi. Oh yeah, Best Old Fashioned Donut (another I never thought I'd see again) Mr. Donut & the best place to just chill with a fair selection of foods & styles (& prices) with a good view of the ocean, Chienshuiwan's cafe strip. Best "potential" place, with very good American food is Texas BBQ on the way out to Baishawan, the food is great (& is true American servings) but the interior decor needs some help to turn it into a place to take friends.

Ron Molenda said...

Posted before but have to add:

Best French Restaurant - Louis XIV

Anonymous said...

Best Night Market - Tonghua Jie
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - Din Tai Fung, of course!
Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant - Hao Ji on Jilin Rd
Best Japanese Restaurant - A Plus
Best Mexican/Latin/Spanish - Amy's Kitchen
Best American/Western - L'Idiot
Best Noodles - Lao Dong Beef Noodle
Best Xiao Long Bao - Din Tai Feng
Best Hamburger - California Grill
Best Hot Pot - Tian Xiang Hui Wei on Nanjing Rd
Best Pizza - Alleycats
Best Vegetarian - Hui Liu on Yongkang Jie
Best Tea shop - Wisteria Tea House on Xinsheng S Rd
Best Bakery - Paul at Renai Circle

Charles Lin said...

Best of the Best Restaurants
Best New Restaurant in 2008 / L'idiot
Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under) / Hainanese Chicken Rice at 慶城街和長春路口

Best Breakfast/ Brunch / L'idiot
Best Late-Night Bites / Er-Niang Meefun (二嫂米粉湯)
Best Family Dining / L'idiot
Best Romantic Restaurant / Paris 1930
Best Buffet / Regent Hotel
Best Night Market / Shrlin Night Market
Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends / Ding-tai-feng
Best Unexpected Find in Taipei / Mamm Goz
Best Food Court / Breeze Center
Best Fast Food / Mos Burger

Best Chinese Restaurant / Tian-Xiang Lou (天香樓 in Ritz Landis)
Best Japanese Restaurant / Mitsui Ming-shui 明水三井
Best Sushi/Sashimi / Kouma in Sherwood (鮨小馬)
Best French / Les Sens
Best Italian / Tutto Bello
Best Mexican/Latin/Spanish / Chili's
Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian / Thai Town (瓦城)
Best American/Western / L'idiot

Best Noodles / Ichi-ban Tei Ramen (一番亭)
Best Xiao Long Bao / Ding-tai-feng
Best Dim Sum / Chao-pin-ji at Shen-wang Hotel 神旺大飯店-潮品集
Best Hamburger / Outback steakhouse
Best Hot Pot / Orange
Best Steak / A Cut
Best Desserts / Yu-Ji Almond Tofu (于記)
Best Shaved Ice / Ice Monster
Best Bakery / Mason Keyser

Sorry I don't know the actual english names of some of these restaurants so I made some of them up!
-chaz

Bao said...

Best New Restaurant in 2008 - L'idiot

Best Super Cheap Eats (Meal NT$100 or Under) - fried pork and/or chicken leg over rice lunch box from a little shack across from the physical therapy building of the Cathay General Hospital. (咱家廚房)

Best Splurge Restaurant - Chez Jimmy (法樂琪)or C'est Bon (食方)

Best Breakfast/ Brunch - The diner

Best Late-Night Bites - cold noodles in an alley on Nan Jing E Road behind the China Development Industrial building. 陳家涼麵

Best Family Dining - Hong Chu 紅廚(Pasta West East?) on An-Ho Road across from eslite.

Best Buffet - Sheraton Hotel

Best Restaurant to take Tourist Friends - Din Tai Fong

Best Unexpected Find in Taipei - Zum Fass (German)

Best Fast Food - Mos Burger

Best Delivery - Domino's

Best Uniquely Taiwanese Restaurant - Five Hundred Chicken House on Ren-Ai Road and Yen-Ji Street (伍佰雞屋)

Best Chinese Restaurant - Hong Dou Shi Fu (紅豆食府)

Best Japanese Restaurant - Momoyama at Sheraton Hotel

Best Sushi/Sashimi - Niu Sushi (牛) on Shin-Shen N Road

Best French - Chez Jimmy 法樂琪

Best Italian - Tutto Bello, Forchetta

Best Thai/Vietnamese/Southeast Asian - Thai (Sheraton Hotel), Vietnamese (湄河 MaeKung)

Best American/Western - Dan Ryan, although the dry rub rib from Yuma is pretty good.

Best Xiao Long Bao - expensive (ding tai fong), cheap (place next to exit#2 of ShuangLan 雙連 Station)

Best Dim Sum - Chen Yuan at the Sheraton Hotel

Best Hamburger - Mos Burger

Best Hot Pot - Yuan Shian Sha Cha Hot Pot (元香沙茶火鍋) on Xin Yi Road

Best Pizza - Dominos

Best Steak - Ruth Chris

Best Ice Cream - Oishii ice cream in Tien Mou

Best Shaved Ice - Dong Qu Fun Yuan

Best Bakery - La Fourviere (my favorite mont blanc) on GuanFu N Road

Best Food Court - Costco!

billy said...

Joan, Great idea to have a Readers' Choice Poll.

Best Super Cheap - Sababa Pita Bar
Best Breakfast - The Diner
Best Buffet - The Hyatt, Ali Baba's Indian Kitchen and Spring Vegetarian

Best Night Market - Shi Lin
Best Unexpected Find - Sababa Pita Bar

Best Food Court - Breeze Center Taipei Main Station

Best Fast Food - Subway
Best Indian - Ali Baba's Indian Kitchen

Best American - Chili's or Friday's
Best Burger - Chili's, Friday's or Outback Steakhouse

Best Steak - Ruth's Chris or Outback Steakhouse

Best Pizza - NY Pizza Kitchen
Best Vegetarian - Spring Vegetarian
Best Dessert - Macaroni Grill's Lemon Passion or Chili's Molten Chocolate Cake

billy said...

Joan,

It seems like your reader's choice poll here went very well. Here's an idea. How about a monthly poll, like best specialty, dish or random food item. For example, where can you find the best nachos in Taipei?

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