Filled with burgers
and other good things
By Daniel White
Translated by Angela Cheng
55, JingCheng Rd, West Dist.
Hours: Mon-Thu 8 am-3 pm, Fri-Sun 8 am-9:30 pm
English menu available.
Smoking section available.
Nestled among a row of shops and street-cart vendors along JingCheng Road is the original 3 Mins American Diner, whose unique decor and excellent food paved the way for its larger sister eatery a couple blocks away. Visitors walking under an old canvas awning and into this American-style, comic book-themed burger joint are greeted with a row of tables lined up in a cozy dining area straddled by a small kitchen area.
The menu is extensive and often creative but, regardless of how unique some of the ingredients may seem, you would be hard-pressed to find something that's not delicious. Ordering from the appetizer section, we found the Onion Rings (NT$120) were piping hot, crispy on the outside, and soft and succulent on the inside. An accompanying mustard sauce was tart with sweet undertones that married well to the more subdued natural flavor of the onion.
When the hamburgers arrived, we found both a treat for our eyes as well as our taste buds. The Peanut Butter Bacon Cheese Burger (NT$240) was a tower of fresh vegetables on top of a mouth-watering patty of perfectly cooked beef slathered in peanut butter, cheddar cheese and bacon. Peanut butter combines beautifully with the flavors of the burger to create a taste sensation that is both memorable and pleasant. Be warned, though, that while eating this burger you are going to need napkins, and lots of them, as this burger is as messy as it is delicious.
Standing about as tall as the peanut-butter burger, the Spicy Mexico Cheese Burger (NT$240) offers a completely different, but equally enjoyable, culinary adventure. Featuring a generous helping of jalapeno peppers and chili, the Mexico-inspired burger offers a very well-balanced blend of flavors which are distinct, yet harmonious. The burgers were accompanied with french fries and a creamy chicken soup that finished the meal well.
Left: Peanut Butter Bacon Cheese Burger (NT$240)
Right: Spicy Mexico Cheese Burger (NT$240)
Other options on the rather extensive menu include breakfast dishes with eggs Benedict, pancakes or waffles (NT$200-260), Mexican fare such as burritos and fajitas (NT$260-300) and a plethora of burgers and sandwiches to suit even the most discerning of palettes. A diverse selection of teas and coffees are also available (NT$80-100) as well as a variety of milkshakes and smoothies (NT$110-140), to help wash down the rather ample portions that you'll be enjoying with them.