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COMPASS MAGAZINE > March 2017
 

Simple Dan, Huge Burger, Bellings Deli & Bar, Hot Shock American Restaurant

 

Simple Dan

(04) 2302-6883
13, Lane 13, MoFan St, West Dist
Hours: 9 am-6 pm

While Simple Dan offers a broad selection of food, its burgers are some of the best you'll find in Taichung. When you arrive, you'll be greeted by bohemian decor whose simplicity and artistry belie the restaurant's name and are suitable surroundings for the cuisine. Friendly staff and chatter around the busy dining area add an extra feeling of familial comfort. There are 11 hamburgers on the menu, ranging from NT$238 for a classic cheeseburger to NT$288 for the BBQ Onion Bacon Burger. Though this writer's personal favorite is the always-delicious Chilli Cheese Burger (NT$258), the Sour Cream Bacon Burger (NT$268) is also at least five kinds of delicious. The pure beef patty, seared to perfection, is slathered in sour cream and cheese and topped with fresh bacon, lettuce, an onion and tomato. Another great option is the Buffalo Chicken Cheeseburger (NT$268)--crispy, savory, spicy and a perfect burger-hot wings marriage. --By Daniel White, translated by Anna Yang

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Huge Burger

(04) 2225-0358
36, YuCai N Rd, North Dist
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm, 5-10 pm
Sat-Sun 11 am-10 pm

Huge Burger certainly lives up to its name, although the burgers aren't just huge but also fantastically delicious. One of the most popular offerings is the Club Supersize Burger (NT$328). You can choose three of 11 choices to go into your burger, which is enough for two people and possibly too much to eat solo (perhaps solved by a take-home "doggy bag"). This writer opted for Grilled Spicy Chicken, Strong Cheese Pork and Peanut Butter Beef, all also available separately if you just want a single flavor (NT$318 each). The chicken was succulent and moderately spicy. The pork was prepared cordon bleu style and crispy on the outside with tender pork and cheddar inside. The peanut butter beef was a favorite, with chunky peanut butter slathered over a well-prepared beef patty. Also served are smaller burgers suitable for one diner (NT$98-178), soups (NT$30-70), steak or chicken meals (NT$218-738), pasta entrees (NT$158-178) and plenty of sides. --By Alice Chang, translated by Anna Yang

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Bellings Deli & Bar

(04) 2314-9770
81, TaiYuan Rd, Sec 1, Xitun Dist
Hours: 11:30 am-11 pm (closed Tue)

Belling's is often mentioned among locals seeking burgers, pies or sausages. The hamburger selection is quite nice, ranging from the standard Cheeseburger (NT$230) to Chorizo Burger (NT$230). For those who love multi-tiered burgers layered with thick slices of juicy bacon that leave your hands a delicious dripping mess, the Bacon Burger (NT$290) is highly recommended. For something a bit spicy, try the Cabanossi Burger (NT$230), and jalapenos and lettuce can also be added to any burger at no extra charge. Fries, bacon and egg can all be added to the burgers for a small extra charge. The decor is quite simple with a few tables and a bar selling beer, making Bellings a great place to head to if you're looking for a small hangout to spend an evening with friends over food and drinks. --By Taylor Melton, translated by Anna Yang

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Hot Shock American Restaurant

(04) 2305-1589
109, XiangShang N Rd, West Dist
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm, 5 pm-10:30 pm; Sat-Sun 11 am-10:30 pm

Walls adorned with various American license plates, vintage guitars and a glowing white Route 66 sign, along with classic rock music playing in the background, create a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere here. Diners can have their pick of classic American-style or Taiwanese-influenced burgers, with the former including the Beef Burger (NT$230), Bacon Beef Burger (NT$250), Double Beef Burger (NT$280), Fried Chicken Burger (NT$220) and Fried Fish Burger (NT$200). Among the Taiwanese-style burgers are the Peanut Butter Burger (NT$250), Shrimp Burger (NT$230) and Soft Crab Burger ($260). Crisp onions, juicy tomatoes and pickles nicely round out these offerings, along with delicious golden french fries and tomato dipping sauce. BBQ sauce, teriyaki sauce, and cheddar, Monterey Jack and blue cheeses can be added for small price (NT$20-30). Two different "Hot Shock Sets" (add NT$90-140) also provide added soups, salads, desserts and drinks. Other pluses here include an incredibly friendly staff and food that arrives very quickly. --By Taylor Melton, translated by Anna Yang

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