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Check Out Bridgeport's New Taiwanese Restaurant: Taipei Cafe

By Ed Komenda | January 17, 2017 5:57am

BRIDGEPORT — There's a lot of buzz brewing around the neighborhood's newest restaurant: Taipei Cafe.

Roll over to the cozy Taiwanese restaurant at 2609 S. Halsted St. to see for yourself. Opened on Jan. 3, serving from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, Taipei Cafe seems to always be packed.

Inside Taipei Cafe, 2609 S. Halsted St. [Photos by DNAinfo/Ed Komenda.]

"We're very busy," said Jimmy Li, the restaurant's manager and part-owner, who grew up in Bridgeport. "I drink three cups of coffee a day. Minimum."

The Taiwanese hotspot's most popular dishes include the oyster omelet ($6.95), braised pork over rice ($6.95) and spicy beef noodle soup ($8.95).

Spicy beef noodle soup.

The noodles in the spicy beef noodle soup.

All dishes are cooked by an authentic Taiwanese chef who moved to Chicago from Taipei to cook at the new restaurant.

Another popular dish is Taiwanese sausage topped in onions ($6.95).

Taiwanese sausage covered with garlic.

And the pork belly gua bao ($4.95).

Gua bao loaded with pork belly.

Taipei Cafe has another treat that many customer take to go: Tea.

There's an entire menu page of options including hot teas like ceylon black tea, jasmine green tea and roasted oolong tea ($2.80 for regular and $3.80 for large), and cold teas like Taipei milk tea and pearl milk tea infused with chewy tapioca bubbles ($3.75 for regular and $4.75 for large).

Green tea with mousse.

Taipei Cafe, 2609 S. Halsted St., is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

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