One of my absolute favorite restaurants in Beaver County is Taiwan 101. Located in the Wal-Mart Plaza in Center Township, this fantastic place specializes in all different types of gourmet Asian cuisine. Their large menu covers all the bases from Sichuan and Hunan to Peking and even Thai dishes.
The thing that really sets Taiwan 101 apart from other Asian restaurants is the outstanding quality of the food they put out. This is just not the same type of food you will find at any Chinese buffet joint. It is clear that this place puts the best quality ingredients into every single one of their dishes, which would explain why they seems to win Best in the Valley every single year and have outstanding Yelp reviews.
Of course, you will have to keep in mind that they are not charging buffet prices here either! Dinner for a family of four can get rather pricey if you are not careful. However, they do offer some outstanding prices for their daily lunch specials, so if you are in the area during lunchtime, this is a great place to stop!
The specialty dish from Taiwan 101 that gets the most hype has to be their Amazing Chicken simply because it is something that no one else offers. This dish takes sliced chicken breast that you can tell is good quality chicken and then batters and fries those pieces. The chicken is then tossed in a sauce that is some type of amazing hybrid between General Tso’s and Garlic Sauce. While Amazing Chicken is always a great choice, it is even better as an eat-in dish because you will get to eat it while the chicken breading is still hot and crispy.
Two other outstanding dishes that you will want to try are the Sesame Chicken (White Meat) and the Chicken Pad Thai. The Sesame Chicken (White Meat) comes with huge pieces of real white meat chicken, and the Pad Thai is garnished with crushed peanuts and has a flavor you won’t find anywhere else. I have also heard that the Chicken with Eggplant specialty is fantastic.
The appetizer portion of the menu is also filled with lots of great options! I do my best to rotate between the Lettuce Wrapped Chicken, Pan-Fried Dumplings, Vegetarian Fried Dumplings, and the BBQ Spareribs.
Unlike many of the local Asian restaurants, Taiwan 101 has a liquor license and serves a full bar selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Their cocktail menu features Asian inspired drinks like the Geisha and the 101 Panda.
Another great thing about Taiwan 101 is that they offer local delivery to Center and Monaca. One of the few things that is better than getting Amazing Chicken there is having it delivered to your house and eating it on the living room couch!
While the food is certainly first-class, my favorite thing about eating at Taiwan 101 is the fact that everyone there goes out of their way to make sure that you feel welcome. The service is consistently good, and they always seem to be well-staffed with servers that are happy to be there!
The next time you are in the mood to have your mind blown with some world class Asian cuisine, I highly suggest you check out Taiwan 101. This is definitely not just another Chinese joint!