GoodDay Banqiao Branch

Address: Xianmin Blvd., Sec. 2, No.7, Banqiao Train Station B1 (新北市板橋區縣民大道二段七號 板橋車站B1) (map)

Tel: (02) 8969-1989

MRT: Banqiao (Exit 3A)

Hours: 11:00 ~ 21:30

Accepts: Cash, Visa, Mastercard

Service Fee: none

Price: $$

Your Quick Western Fix

There’s fast food, and then there’s food you get quickly. American and Mexican-themed GoodDay (website) is firmly planted in the former. Now with six locations across Taiwan, they’ve really started to expand. GoodDay offers a large variety of western delights, including burgers, sandwiches and pizza, as well as a number of Mexican favorites like tacos, burritos, and tostadas at reasonable prices.

Menu Front

A combo will cost around $250NT depending on which items you pick, and it comes with a side of potato salad, a choice of dipping sauce, and a fountain drink like Coke or Sprite.

Menu Back

One thing I particularly appreciate is the number of imported brands they’ve brought in. Heinz ketchup and mustard, Hershey’s chocolate and strawberry syrup, and real Tabasco sauce give you a taste of home. There’s a wide selection of imported soft drinks, including Dr. Pepper, A&W Root Beer, Cherry Pepsi, and Mountain Dew for $60 a can. If you’re up for it, they’ve also got Heineken and Corona available for $100 a bottle.

Plenty of imported beverages available

The decor of the Banqiao branch is nothing to write home about. It’s clean and simple, and there’s also a small bar to the side:

Fancy a seat at the bar?

It’s nothing fancy — it’s located in a food court, after all — but it’s clean, and it works.

Today was a quick lunch for me, and after falling in love the pulled pork sandwich over at Gordon Biersch, I thought I would give GoodDay’s Burger No. 5 ($180) a try. Described as slow-cooked BBQ pork with fresh lettuce and Caesar dressing, it hopefully matches up well with Gordon Biersch’s tasty (and much pricier) version. As I was particularly hungry, I went for the combo ($260).

Burger No. 5 - BBQ Pork

The plate also came with some slightly spiced potato wedge fries, cheddar cheese sauce, and an ice-cream scoop of potato salad. A nice, large Coke completed the ensemble.

A close up of Burger No. 5

I’m happy to report that the sandwich itself was quite good. The pork was tender, and the sweetness of the BBQ sauce contrasted nicely with the tangy Caesar dressing on the lettuce.  The bun was also quite soft, and if the entire thing was just a bit spicier, it would compete quite well with the one at Gordon Biersch. The wedge fries were well done, and the cheese sauce complimented them nicely. Unfortunately, the potato salad was quite bland – I wish I could have exchanged them for more fries!

So did you like it or what?

If you’re looking for gourmet western food, you’re just not going to find it at GoodDay. But for a quick fix, you could definitely do a lot worse. The food is tasty, the prices are reasonable, and there are plenty around the city. I’ve tried their Mexican offerings before, and they are not bad as well (perhaps I’ll update this review after my next visit). I’ll give GoodDay a solid 3 Yums for their great selection and reasonable prices. – TY

3 Yums

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