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Aug 31, 2009 02:16 PM

Black Bear Diner in Monterey

This is a take off from a post in the San Francisco area regarding the demise of American breakfasts, particularly chicken fried steak. Someone mentioned the Black Bear Diner in Gilroy, and I noticed there is a Monterey area location on N. Freemont.

How are the breakfasts here? The chicken fried steak breakfast sounds good and I was wondering if anyone has tried it. Any other standouts on the menu? The two places I've tried previously in the area are Katy's in Carmel and First Awakenings in Pacific Grove, both of which I've enjoyed. Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. Terrific corned beef hash, made on site daily. Huge servings.
    Check out their online menu at

    4 Replies
    1. re: Bruce in SLO

      Thanks Bruce, my son is a corned beef hash lover so that is right up his alley. The breakfast menu looks tasty and the dinners also sound very hearty, T-bone steak, meatloaf, salmon, pot roast and chicken fried steak. Will keep it in mind on our next visit.

      1. re: curiousgeo

        We've been to the Black Bear Diner in Seaside a couple of times. Our impression...huge portions, bland food.

        There are better breakfast places in the Monterey area. Fresh Awakenings has one of the better breakfasts. Old Monterey Cafe in downtown Monterey and The Breakfast Club in Seaside also have very good breakfasts.

        1. re: Lunch Critics

          Let me add Tico's in Marina. Better (imho) than any place on your list. Best homefries ever. And the special weekend menu has so many excellent dishes.

          1. re: Ed Dibble

            A little further away - but offering the best American breakfast in my opinion is the Wagon Wheel in Carmel Valley.