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Arkansas Diner

Down-home Arkansas comfort food comes with a side of American pop culture kitsch. 


Taiwan’s bustling port city of Kaohsiung might not seem the ideal place to dig into American southern comfort food. But in the city’s Zuoying District, this Arkansan-run diner dishes up the real deal. Since 2015, it has become a popular destination for locals and homesick expats alike.

Dishes include a wide range of burgers, from the relatively traditional bacon cheeseburger to such delectably over-the-top offerings as “the Robin” and “the Coot.” Other offerings include deep-fried hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, Frito pies, meatloaf, chicken fried steak, barbecue ribs, and “Arkansas Bowls.”

For breakfast, customers can select from a variety of scrambles, pancakes, waffle plates, and biscuits and gravy. Dessert is a must, with classic American offerings such as apple and pecan pie, banana splits, and sundaes, as well as possum pie and raccoon pie. Drinks include beers, a selection of decently priced cocktails, and a wide variety of milkshakes.

The restaurant’s atmosphere is a charming homage to Arkansas and American pop culture: shelves lined with numerous toy cars and action figures, many still in their original packaging, Arkansas Razorbacks paraphernalia, antique comic books, southern folk instruments, dollar-store art, and an Elvis tour poster.

Tongue-in-cheek signs hang on the door to the kitchen, warning customers to keep out in typical country fashion: one reads “Warning. No Tresspassing. Violators Will Be Shot. Survivors Will Be Shot Again.” The kitchen counter is hidden from view by a wooden flap, but the sound of a crowing rooster lets the waiting staff know when food is ready to serve.

Know Before You Go

The diner is a block away from Aozihdi Station on the MRT's red line. Take a right off Dashun Rd on Xiuming St. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday through Tuesday.

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