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Restaurant: My Other Place

Address: 303 Fuxing N Rd, Taipei (台北市復興北路303號)
Telephone: (02) 2718-7826
Open: Daily, from 11:30am to 2am
Average meal: NT$350 without drink
Details: Menu in English; check out their Web site for daily specials and other information

By Noah Buchan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Located in the heart of Taipei's business district, My Other Place has been serving up pub grub for the past 10 years. With a Southern-US atmosphere, the joint is a good place to unwind over a few beers and watch a game on one of the bar's two unobtrusively placed televisions.

There is a certain Wild West feel to My Other Place, not so much because of the patrons, mostly dressed in expensive suites and drinking Taiwan draft beer, including three elderly foreigners who were smoking large stogies chasing their beer with shots, but the wood finishing on the walls as well as the baskets of peanuts on each table, the shells of which can be flippantly disposed of on the hardwood floor.

Sports on the television, and female wait staff, who clearly have a friendly relationship with many of the clients, make this pub worth visiting.

Appetizers include standard bar fare such as chicken tenders (NT$220), cheese sticks (NT$220), spicy chicken drum sticks with lemon sauce (NT$250) and calamari with garlic (NT$250). For those who want to sample a bit of everything, the combination platter (NT$420) comprising an assortment of chicken tenders, barbecue ribs, chicken wings, cheese sticks and potato salad comes recommended. The salad menu is what you would expect from a pub and includes Caesar salad with chicken (NT$250) or without (NT$200).

The sandwich menu includes the house burger (NT$250), which comes with great tasting fries. Other options include the tuna sub (NT$220), grilled chicken melt (NT$220) and the zesty chicken wrap with salsa (NT$250). The Tex-Mex section includes the customary stop offs on its tour of Texan and Mexican cuisine. The barbecue pork ribs (NT$420) and the grilled sirloin steak (NT$580) are the most substantial dishes on the menu. Rounding out the dinner menu is a variety of pasta and rice dishes.

The range of liquor on offer is extensive with happy hour running from 2pm until 9pm, which includes 20 percent off a variety of tipples. For those who need to stay in touch, the pub has free WiFi for patrons spending over NT$200.

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