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The Early Bird Diner

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No.62 Zhongming South Road, West District, Taichung, Taiwan
04-23202608
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8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Takeout

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  • 4
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good job

The staff at the Early Bird have done a good job and after reading some of the reviews below I wasn't expecting much. I was particularly looking for the 'omelettes with funny names', but sadly couldn't find any..... just normal names now. Good selection of 'western' style breakfasts, burgers and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
ajhaeh
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Manchester UK
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  • Families with children
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22 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Manchester UK
Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
290 helpful votes 290 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The staff at the Early Bird have done a good job and after reading some of the reviews below I wasn't expecting much. I was particularly looking for the 'omelettes with funny names', but sadly couldn't find any..... just normal names now. Good selection of 'western' style breakfasts, burgers and drinks and quality and quantity of food very good. Service... More 

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Taichung
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52 reviews 52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

There's actually quite a bit to like about this place, especially if you're an American expatriate in Taichung looking to experience a traditional diner type atmosphere away from home. There's a nice atmosphere, and the staff is very friendly. Our waitress had quite good English. Service was quite good, and the menu selection is quite extensive. For most of us... More 

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Taichung, Taiwan
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I wanted to like this place. I've been there three times now, and every time I leave it feels like I'm wearing a lead suit. I really enjoy eating, but this is one of those places where you feel like you've settled for the best of all bad options. Like a school cafeteria lunch. Some people swear by this place,... More 

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Taichung, Taiwan
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

As with most expat-run establishments in Taichung, the Early Bird Diner is disappointing. The owners have obviously tried their best but from the get-go it is clear that they do not have experience running a restaurant. True, there are few, if any, places offering "American-style" breakfast in Taichung, so if you are in the mood for fried eggs/bacon/hashbrowns or omelettes... More 

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Taichung, Taiwan
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Nothing really special here. The only thing that keeps us coming back is the western taste when Chinese/Taiwanese food gets old. You can get a decent meal for a reasonable price, but a lot of the food is on the heavy side. I'd definitely recommend giving it a shot, just don't expect to be blown away.

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Philippines
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

went here after being disappointed with finga's, staff were nice, potato wedges were good, wings were taiwanese taste not the real buffalo wings, pancakes were good, but will definitely go back coz people here were nice

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Edmonton
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Have the Lumberjack Breakfast. Their pancakes are fantastic! It is a mix of the cultures. Their Wing Wednesday is not what you expect to find in Taichung. Expect hot ones! The service is typical Taiwan - you get your food when it is ready, not the whole table together. There are no heating lamps. The food is not pre-cooked so... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I've been living abroad for about a year now and it was nice to eat at this American style diner. The food is pretty authentic! This is coming from a tough food critic, hahah It's just a bit pricey.... there were two of us and our bill was about $700 NT. So for a larger family it might not be... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I've passed by the restaurant several times before, but was more or less taken by the restaurant facade. It reminded me of the road side diners of middle America. Firstly, I was overwhelmed with the vast items in its menu. From Breakfast to a variety of American styled sandwiches you may find in the US such as Denny's. I had... More 

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Huangjiang, Guangdong, China
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

We're visiting Taichung and have been to this diner 2-3 times. Suffice to say, we've been back for their expansive menu with only a few choices of American food eateries around. My husband had the eggs Montreal twice. They make their eggs pretty huge. I had breakfast and the Reuben (ask NO thousand island dressing), both we're decent. Do not... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No.62 Zhongming South Road, West District, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Location: Asia  >  Taiwan  >  Taichung
  • Phone Number: 04-23202608

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 10
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?