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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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  • 6
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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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
Andrew H
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Manchester UK
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  • Families with children
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Early Bird is excellent. I've been living in Taichung for a year and eat here weekly. The staff is wonderful and friendly, very attentive. The food is delicious. I am a huge fan of the buffalo chicken burger and recommend it to everyone. Their wings and breakfast dishes are also delicious. Fabulous place to eat.

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Taichung, Taiwan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Hey, I've lived and worked in Taichung for 5 and a half years. I don't cook...at least not very well...so, the Early Bird Diner has become my 'home away from home'. "The Bird", as we regulars like to call it, has a large menu, great food and drinks, and really good, friendly service. I usually get their "Deuces Wild" breakfast... More 

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Manchester UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 333 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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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
11 restaurant reviews
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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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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 to 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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