Black Bear Diner is a chain restaurant with almost 50 locations in the Western US. My friend who lives in Tracy, California, raved about this place when it first opened there so I was curious to see what it was all about. At first, I didn’t even realize it was a chain restaurant with multiple locations. I thought it was a mom and pop type of place as I had never come across the chain before. When we arrived that Saturday morning, the place was packed. It took us a little while before we managed to get a table.
I ordered The Grizz ($10.49) which consisted of 2 of the house special sweet cream pancakes, 3 eggs, 2 sausage links, 2 pieces of bacon, and a ham steak with hash browns. When my breakfast arrived, I couldn’t believe the portion size. It was easily enough food for two people. The pancakes were tasty and certainly much better than Denny’s. The rest of the food was just ok though I did like the crispness of the hash browns.
My friend ordered the Egg Benedict ($9.49) which consisted of two poached eggs and sliced ham on top of an English muffin and covered in Hollandaise sauce. This dish came with a choice of hash browns or country potatoes and fresh fruit. My friend chose the country potatoes for variety-sake as we were sharing both dishes. The Eggs Benny was just ok. There was nothing really gourmet about it and I’ve definitely had better tasting Hollandaise before. There was nothing special about the country potatoes either.
Between the two of us, we barely managed to make a dent in the food. The one thing I can say about Black Bear Diner is that it is great value for the money considering the gigantic portion sizes. It is definitely a step-up from Denny’s and I’d chose Black Bear over Denny’s any day. Having said that, I’m not sure I’d rush to go back to Black Bear as I prefer small mom and pop places serving up gourmet breakfast fare rather than places serving up just sheer volume. At least I can say that I’ve tried Black Bear Diner now and I know what it’s all about. If you’re extra hungry and going after sheer volume, this is the place to go.
Black Bear Diner
2351 Toste Rd
Tracy, CA 95377