Black Bear Diner is family meals in a friendly atmosphere.
Just when everyone is getting used to tapas style eating, or the appetizer size of meal, there is one restaurant pushing back. Black Bear Diner wants to go back to the home cooked, the way Mom used to make it, type of eating. New owners, Steven and Lindsey Wong, invited a slew of people to come enjoy their first meal on them! It was such a nice gesture, I just had to share! If you want to try home cooked, a truckload of food that can be saved for tomorrow, go by the Black Bear Diner, and tell them the IWJ sent you!
Pictured R-L: Karleen Andresen, IWJ publisher; Bruce Dean, co-owner of Black Bear Diner; Bob Manley, co-owner of Black Bear Diner; Steven Wong and Lindsey Wong, co-owners of Boise franchise; Tricia Stoesser, IWJ social networker.
Black Bear Diner is located at 1731 S Entertainment Avenue in Boise. It’s near Edwards Theater in Boise.
TEN THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT BLACK BEAR DINER
- Warm greeting upon arrival
- It’s a family environment
- A menu variety with 39 items just for breakfast (they have lunch and dinner too!)
- A tri tip with excellent flavor that lingers in your mouth
- Homemade items like their bear claw and potato salad
- Quantities to shame the most popular restaurants (enough for tomorrow)
- Small meal sizes for small eaters
- Freshly ground coffee
- Everything is attached to history: menus, meat rubs, table side courtesy
- The prices are satisfyingly reasonable
The Black Bear Dinner Combos with ribs and tri tip ($13.99) has a historic garlic rub, crisp on the outside, soft on the inside fries, and ribs that literally fall off the bone – mmmm, delicious.
The Volcano ($8.49) is three pancakes made in three sizes (to shape the volcano) with two eggs on top, flanked with two sausage and two bacon.
The young ladies, Cassidy, Kaylee, and Natalia work at Black Bear Diner, and came back to enjoy the pre-opening.
Country cooking includes red mashed potatoes with country gravy.