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FYI SOUTH Magazine, May 2004.

FOOD OPTIONS IN TAINAN'S SOUTHSIDE

By Steven Crook Translated by

Warung Didi
30, WenJung Rd., GuShan, Kaohsiung City
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Hours: 11:30 am-10 pm
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The 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.


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