Take out: yes
Waiter Service: yes
Outdoor seating: yes
Food Quality: 4 out of 5
Decor: 4 out of 5
Service: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Recommendation: Pretty good mexican food
Eddy's Cantina is probably the mexican restaurant with the most legitimate mexican roots in Taipei. Nestled on a sloping 3-way intersection of Dansui, Eddy's Cantina brings tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and salsa to a unsuspecting part of Taiwan. Entrees are about 200 NT with the option to upgrade to a meal for 85 NT to add three sides and a drink. The ingredients are kind of authentic, but the flavors seem to be dulled to suit the Taiwanese taste bud. Still, it is probably one of the best mexican restaurants in Taiwan. If you don't feel like making the long ride up to Dansui, Eddy's Cantina has opened a new location in Tien Mu. This is decent place to have some tacos over ice cold brews.
My mexican drink of choice today was the Margarita. Margaritas are very mexican drink and it's quality should be representative of the cantina. However, I was disappointed by this watery, slightly limey, not very sugary, and noticebly tequilified margarita. Maybe i'm too spoiled with the sweeter and more hidden but potent margaritas in the States, yet this might be more authentic, but whatever the case I did not think this was really drinkable. I think Eddy needs to man his cantina, and not let random Taiwanitos mix his drinks. Maybe you should stick with a familiar cerveza when dining in or try their non-alcoholic drinks like their horchata. I give them a plus on their cactus margarita glass, but they got to find another formula for their margarita.
I was divided by the tacos themselves. They only serve flour tortillas, but I like the corn ones better. However, the flour tortillas were made very well and held all the ingredients of the taco together well. The only problem is, that there wasn't very many ingredients wrapped in there. I think they should be more generous with the servings. When I was observing my taco I could not help but think: Where's the meat? The quality of the meats weren't bad. The carne asada was tender, moist, and flavorful. There was a lack of charred smokeyness, but the meat was acceptable. The carnitas here are succulent and suffused with flavor. The carnitas here are probably better than those from Macho Tacos. However, they just didn't have enough to satisfy the right tortilla to filling ratio to make it a savory taco. In affect, the tortilla overwhelmed the ingredients as a whole, and the vegetables overpower the meat. They need to either provide more meat or make smaller tortillas.
Eddy's Cantina is generally too far for me to eat on a regular basis, and I would not travel to Dansui or Tien Mu for the sake of this restaurant. I could settle for Macho Tacos to fulfil my mexican fix, but if you want a more seatable and enjoyable mexican restaurant to have a fiesta with your hombres. Eddy's Cantina is the place to dine at.
One thing I got a kick out of is the total role-reversal in Taiwanese restaurants with respects to Californian restaurants. Instead of a bunch of mexicans working at a chinese restaurants...you get a bunch of Taiwanese working at a mexican restaurant. This made me chuckle inside. I'm sure the servers were wondering why I was trying so hard to get this shot.