Black Bear Diner – New Homestyle Cooking in Town

Published On July 23, 2012 » 506 Views» By IWJ » Biz, Food, Life, Products, Uncategorized
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Black Bear Diner is family meals in a friendly atmosphere.

Karleen Andresen

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.


  1. Warm greeting upon arrival
  2. It’s a family environment
  3. A menu variety with 39 items just for breakfast (they have lunch and dinner too!)
  4. A tri tip with excellent flavor that lingers in your mouth
  5. Homemade items like their bear claw and potato salad
  6. Quantities to shame the most popular restaurants (enough for tomorrow)
  7. Small meal sizes for small eaters
  8. Freshly ground coffee
  9. Everything is attached to history: menus, meat rubs, table side courtesy
  10. 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.









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  1. If you have kids, they will love the Black Bear Diner where the huge menu offering homestyle food, country decor, friendly staff and bear sculptures will make everyone happy! I loved visiting the family friendly Black Bear Cafe and meeting the founders (Papa Bear and Honey Bear) and friendly owners, who are very excited to be entering the Boise market.

    Everyone will enjoy reading the expansive “newspaper” style menu, where previous years’ articles from the Boise area are printed on the outside. You are sure to find something on the menu you will want to come back for, and with the large portion sizes may have enough to take a bite or two home.

    The coffee is good and strong. This is a must have for any diner and the Black Bear Diner wins here!

    A must try are the Sweet Cream Pancakes! They don’t even need butter or syrup, as they are sweet and moist enough to eat by themselves.

    The Tri Tip is another item you have got to try, as it is highly seasoned and tender….oh so good!

    The pork ribs fell off the bone as I tried to pick them up, and they had the perfect amount of barbq sauce on them.

    For your visit, maybe challenge your group to count the number of wooden bear sculptures in the diner for fun!

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