And, as usual, it was an enjoyable dining adventure in the whimsically decorated theme restaurant. I mean, like bears all over the place. This one pretty much sneaks up on you, so as you drive along Mowry Avenue, south of Fremont Hub shopping area.
Keep your eyes peeled ahead to the right for Mowry Landing Shopping Center, a small strip mall just past Blacow Road. Be prepared to turn right as soon as you cross Blacow.
I would have taken a picture of the wife's meal, but she had a boring ol' soup and sandwich lunch – beef/vegetable soup and a tuna sandwich. For her, that hit the spot. For me, that would NOT have hit the spot.
The last time I had Black Bear's Chicken-Fried Steak and Eggs was a few years ago in Bullhead City. The last time I EVER had chicken-fried steak was at Mil's Diner in Milpitas in April. So, I definitely was in the mood for it.
Their orange juice is sweet and freshly squeezed on site, by the way. Plus, I've never had a bad cup of coffee there, and this time ended up drinking at least three full mugs worth ... thrice my usual breakfast intake. But who's counting, anyway?
I was thinking I'd have one of their apple cobblers for dessert, but there was no room left in my ample belly, so I passed this time.
Maybe next time?
Black Bear Diner: 5035 Mowry Ave. Phone (510) 796-8000.