Black Bear Diner?
- rworange Feb 6, 2007 11:35 PM
What's good here? What should be avoided?
How are the pies? Are we talking quality-wise ... Nation's, Marie Calendars, better?
How about the shakes? Tried the butterfinger or blackberry?
And ... uh ... how are the bear claws ... you would think they'd be good, eh?
Last time I was at the BBD in Sonoma, I saw "chiliburger" on the menu and couldn't resist. How many places offer that nowadays? (It was very good).
My son and I ate at the Black Bear in Carmel last summer; we stumbled onto it, basically, whilst hungry and looking for a place to eat. I think I had a salad, my son had a sandwich or a burger, I forget. We were underwhelmed, to say the least. Pricing was in line with the quality. Service was good; this was Sunday around lunchtime. Restaurant was maybe 1/4-1/2 full, it looked like locals, no tourists (which tells you something as Carmel was extra full of tourists during the Bach Festival).
We have one in Glendale, Az. I find them OK. They serve large portions and their burgers are good. I like the turkey sandwich. Breakfast is very good, but lately its not been up to par as when we first went. Seems it doesn't come piping hot anymore. I have taken home their bear claw and found it very enjoyable. I also had a chocolate cream pie and was underwhelmed.
Bullhead City and Laughlin do not have the best food. We stopped at Big Bear as we have seen them over the mountain west and they are crowded ALL the time in every location. We split a tri-tip salad and a club sandwich. Well prepared food. Our server was very attentive. We were sitting at the counter as there was a 10 minute wait for a table at 2 pm. The employees were in a rush and having an absolute BLAST. And the teamwork was incredible. An absolute marvelous blackberry cobbler.
I would go back in a minute.
Ahhh...apparently BBD is hit and miss depending on owner/management. The BBD home in Mt. Shasta is always crowded...and we've eaten there all seasons. However, the younger crew at BBD Redding made for an uncomfortable meal. I guess it's kind of like Colonel Sanders in that regard....you've tried one, you haven't tried them all...
We stopped at the one in Madras, Oregon enroute to vacation last month. Pretty much the only game in town, but the turkey and cranberry sandwiches were great. Gotta be down with the bear decor though.