Uncle George (WenXin Branch)
16, WenXin S Rd
Hours: 10 am-10 pm
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Taichung's top American-style seafood restaurant has expanded in a big way with this outlet, just south of the WenXin/Nantun intersection. This spacious place welcomes visitors with large signs and New England-inspired nautical-style decor inside and outside. Walk in and you'll see long tanks displaying Uncle George's main specialties--live Alaskan King and Dungeness crabs and lobsters from New England and Nova Scotia. Owner Charlie Hsieh says that average prices here are 20 to 30% cheaper--averaging NT$1,500-2,000/person--than his other branch, with dining style focused on personal entrees instead of groups. Although the main courses are usually more than enough, side meat dishes can be added, in addition to NT$195 desserts like Key Lime Pie or New York Cheesecake. A good beer and wine selection is also available. --By Douglas Habecker, translated by Ann Lee
A. Uncle George's main second-floor dining area seats 80, while a third-floor overflow can take special events of up to 50 people. Both areas immerse diners in a New England fishing village theme, complete with big wall murals, ocean-blue colors, nautical compasses, paddles, model ships, brass lanterns, fishing floats and plenty of other quaint knickknacks.
B. Besides seafood, various U.S. steaks like the sirloin are also popular main courses. All main courses come with Fisherman's Chowder and a soft coil of cheese/onion bread, which go perfectly together, plus coffee or tea.