Hualien City – Salt Lick – 火車頭烤肉屋

Value for money: 10/10
Cleanliness: 9/10
Service: 10/10
Quality of food: 10/10
Overall: 9/10

 

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When thinking about visiting Hualien, this is the first place that goes on my list (closely followed by Taroko, but I can’t eat Taroko…)

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Inside Salt Lick, there’s a comfortable atmosphere, and American memorabilia everywhere.

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There’s a fairly big outside area, too.

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Definitely fulfilling that relaxed BBQ feel.

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Here is the BBQ at Salt Lick. I was fortunate enough to catch Ben opening it up, the pics from inside are below.

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Some smashing racks right there!

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Come get your pulled pork

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Brisket lovers dream

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Something I have never known anyone to collect before – barbed wire. The reason? Look below…

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No.1 recommended is the ribs, I came here with nothing else on my mind, anyway!

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The menu is extensive! Really, I feel like they could cut the menu down a bit and specialise in just a few dishes. However, I feel like that of a lot of restaurants that do this.

It’s good to see some delicious beer on the menu. I especially enjoy the Tuatara beers from New Zealand.

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Great spread!

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Pulled pork sandwich

卡羅來納手撕肉漢堡

Kǎ luó lái nà shǒu sī ròu hàn bǎo

$285

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Look at those fries!!! They were deliciously crunchy and just awesome. Some of the best fries I have had, in all honesty.

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These onion rings were delicious, too!

But, let’s look at the burger – solid pulled pork with a delicious BBQ sauce and smokey flavour. The slaw on the burger cuts through any grease/fat, and adds lots of flavour, too.

Beef brisket sandwich

德州式牛胸肉漢堡

Dé zhōu shì niú xiōng ròu hàn bǎo

$365

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Drowned in honey it doesn’t photograph well, as you can’t see the delicious brisket underneath. But, trust me, it is there in abundance! Accompanied by a pretty good potato salad, this is also a very solid dish.

Chicago smoked sausage sandwich

芝加哥煙熏香腸

Zhī jiā gē yān xūn xiāng cháng

$255

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Certainly a way to get your pepper fix in. Again, the fries are awesome and definitely the best side, in my book.

The sausage itself was smoked quite heavily and has a deliciously smokey flavour. With the sweet onions and peppers it combines to make a great sandwich.

Full rack of ribs

堪薩斯城豬肋排

Kān sà sī chéng zhū lē pái

$995

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A reason for visiting Hualien from Taipei if ever there was one. The full rack of ribs is faultless.

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How do they do it? The end is just as beautifully cooked as the middle – oozing with flavour and so succulent. Really, I have nothing bad to say about these.

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Just check out the meat on that bad boy – so good!

Really, Salt Lick is a great reason to visit Hualien, as if you ever needed one. The pace of life is so much slower than that of Taipei, and a welcomed place to relax for a weekend/long weekend.

Opening Times

Monday – Sunday 

11:30 – 14:30 and 17:00 – 22:00

Tel

03 833 2592

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