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stretch of DaTong Road Section 2 between JianKang Road
and DaLin Road lies just south of downtown Tainan.
While people heading for the airport, or the towns
of Gangshan or Luju, usually drive through this neighborhood,
the area--which has an exceptional density of value-for-money
eateries--is perhaps not explored as often as it deserves.
At one time, a large number of military families with mainland Chinese backgrounds
meant that a wide range of Chinese regional cuisines could be found hereabouts.
These days, most of what's on offer is typically Taiwanese.
Wide sidewalks make the western side of the road ideal for pre-dinner or postprandial
strolls. More than 40 businesses sell meals, snacks, or beverages.
The much older eastern side, near the railway tracks--officially the DaDe Community--also
features some interesting eateries, perhaps the best of which is the Dashan Steak
Restaurant (49, DaTong Rd., Sec. 2; tel: (06) 213-9390; closed on the first Tuesday
and Wednesday after the second Sunday of every month). The ambience and surroundings
may not be special--it's not the place for a romantic date--but the steaks here
are excellent value for money. Most are priced under NT$200.
An indication of how unpretentious this place is, and how little they need to
promote themselves, is the sign--a simple hand-painted board with neither neon
nor spotlight. If you're coming here at night, and haven't been to Dashan before,
it's a little hard to find. Park first, then explore on foot.
There's a clutch of steak restaurants on the "modern" side
of the road, along with shabu-shabu establishments,
a ramen eatery, and that local specialty, dan-tz
noodles. And if none of these tempts you, try
one of the tea/coffee joints that spread out over
the sidewalk. On an evening, these are great places
to stop and watch the world go by.