Seeking satisfaction south of the border
By Jason GerockTAIPEI, Taiwan -- I'm from Nevada, and with Christmas and the New Year having come and gone, I've really started missing home. I miss the dry air and the open skies. I miss laying out in the hot sun. But most of all I miss the food; specifically delicious Tex-Mex. I know there are a few shops around Taipei that sell “Mexican food,” but so far I've been really unimpressed. I know I'm in Taiwan, and anything resembling bueno old fashioned Mexican grub should do, but it always falls short of my humble expectations. Where would you suggest I go to get a flavor of home?
January 5, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
Expats in Taiwan, particularity Americans from the South and Southwest, are always looking for decent Mexican food. Having lived in Texas and California myself for a number of years, the smell of tacos and queso always gets my mouth watering.
That being said, I feel like I've hit about every taco joint and so-called Mexican food restaurant in town. I say so-called because, as I'm sure you know, it's truly difficult to find that flavor that comes with authentic cuisine. I use the term “cuisine” loosely here, as most of the best food of this type generally comes from the back of a mobile taco wagon, but as we're woefully short of taco wagons around these parts, lets focus on what we do have.
There are so many types of Mexican food out there, so I suppose the best place to start would be with what I consider “traditional.” Eddy's Cantina, located in Tianmu at Zhongshan North Rd. Sec. 6, Alley 3, Lane 450, to me is the undisputed winner in the category of traditional Mexican food in Taipei. They serve all the standard items that one would expect from a Mexican-food joint: tacos, burritos, chimichangas, papas, nachos and all the rest. I choose to call it “traditional” Mexican food, given that while the plates are covered with deliciousness, they aren't ridiculously slathered with sour cream and cheese, but instead have just the right amount. Best reason to go there: Any Mexican food place run by a fella named Eddy Gonzalez has got to be good.