Dinner Review: Black Bear Diner

There may not be a finer diner on the West Coast than the Black Bear Diner.

I found this chain of restaurants about 6 years ago while living in Beaverton, Oregon. We stopped in one time because we loved the fact that there were bears greeting us outside in the parking lot (statues, not real bears).

According to their Web site, in 1995, Bob and Laurie Manley, along with their partner Bruce Dean, opened the first Black Bear Diner on the site of the old strawberry patches near Mt. Shasta. They were determined to rekindle the level of hospitality that was lavished upon early guests to Strawberry Valley. The menu, service and decor were designed to remind the guest of a time when life was a little more simple, and service and quality were the cornerstones of business.

The Black Bear Diner...

On this evening, the service at the Rohnert Park restaurant was wonderful. No wait for a table and our server promptly brought out glasses of water for all. It didn’t take long to choose my meal for the evening off the menu, a hot turkey and mashed potato sandwich with all the trimmings. This is probably the ONLY meal I have ever eaten at this restaurant, but if you take a look at the photos, you’ll understand why.

Eating this meal is like having Thanksgiving dinner everyday. The sliced breast meat is piled high atop four slices of sourdough bread and then covered in a rich, turkey gravy. What tops off the meal is the homemade mashed potatoes that come with the meal.

Turkey and Mashed Potato Sandwich...

As you may have noticed in the photos, you don’t have to worry about getting enough to eat. The portions are enormous and you will most definitely have food leftover for the next day.

Locations span the West Coast and as far east as Colorado and Iowa. Be sure to check them out and let me know what you think!

More Turkey and Mashed Potato Sandwich...

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8 Comments on “Dinner Review: Black Bear Diner”

  1. Honeydog Says:

    Yum… Looks very very Tasty, John. I can tell from the Picture that it’s good, quality, “Homestyle”
    Food. I love this kind of stuff!

    Unfortunately, as far as I know, we don’t have any “Black Bear Diners” in my neck of the Woods, but we have a place here that’s wide-spread Famous for their Award-winning (and similar) Sandwich, “The Bobbie”. They roast 12 Turkeys to perfection daily, and on a long soft/slightly-crusted mayonnaised French-type Roll they pile shaved Breast meat, moist homemade Stuffing, and Cranberry Sauce. It’s absolutely Delectable.

    There are only two locations in the entire State, and they are always jam-packed with Fans of The Bobbie. And, like you mentioned, it’s a Thanksgiving meal any day of the Week. The Mashed Potatoes on yours is certainly a different touch, sounds pretty good also, and I can understand why it’s a Favorite.

    I’ll keep the Diner in mind if I ever Travel out that way!

  2. OneOp Says:

    Good golly John, you got to get all that food off this blog. I gained 3 lbs just sitting here looking at it.

    I need a bigger chair. lol

  3. luvarns Says:

    Been to many Black Bear Diners up here in extreme Northern California (Redding on up). The food is always good, service great.

    Only gripe..the portions are huge 🙂 You could literally feed a family of 4 on just one of their salads.

  4. kreuzer33 Says:

    …and that’s why I eat there 🙂 I have a HUGE appetite!

    I love the restaurant in Yreka. Was just there a couple of weeks ago. Good stuff!

  5. kreuzer33 Says:

    Check out my review of Mary’s Pizza Shack. Another one of my favorites 🙂

  6. luvarns Says:

    Last one I went to was in Mt. Shasta, but frequent the one in Redding often. Good food, good service!

  7. kreuzer33 Says:

    They’re all good. We have one about 40 minutes south of us. Only been once though 😦

  8. zelda Says:

    My favorite kind of food for sure……


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