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Dinner Review: Black Bear Diner

August 12, 2010

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...