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If you're a regular reader of the restaurant reviews that I publish, you're probably aware that I'm a fan of diners, which isthe sort of restaurant that serves good, hearty meals, without fancy frills, and caters to the taste of locals. Black Bear Diner is a chain of 80-something restaurants, operating in 8 western states, with over half the locations in California, and is the kind of restaurant I love, as the food is delicious, there is plenty of it, the service is friendly, and the decor is rustic.  It all started back in 1995, in Mt. Shasta City, so it seemed like a good idea for me to enjoy breakfast at the first, and flagship restaurant of the Black Bear Diner chain, located in Mt. Shasta City, CA.

As with all of reviews that I publish, I have no affiliation with the restaurant reviewed, and there is no monetary gain on my part, as I am simply a person who likes to eat, and I love to write-up, and publish my dining experiences.

Photo:  The first and original location of Black Bear Diner, located in Mt. Shasta City, at the base of Mt. Shasta.  It's 0645 in the morning on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, I've been on the road north for over three hours, and I'm READY for breakfast!  I normally avoid chain restaurants, but I definitely LOVE "The Bear's" cuisine, and it's always a lot of fun to enjoy breakfast at the founding first, and the flagship location of the restaurant chain.

Photo:  The current 80+ chain of restaurants began in Mount Shasta City, back in 1995, and "The Bear" posts this sign in front of their flagship restaurant to mark the milestone.

Photo:  As you enter the restaurant, the first thing you notice is the GIGANTIC counter, so you know the restaurant has a heavy estimate on breakfast.  The majority of the dining room is furnished with booths, and there is a semi-private dining room to the right, not shown in the photo.  In keeping with the roots of the Black Bear Diner chain, the dining room is somewhat rustic, but contemporary and very clean and comfortable.

Photo:  The Mount Shasta City location of Black Bear Diner operates on a two-server format, which means that one server takes your order, keeps your coffee cup filled, and the other server delivers your order from the kitchen.  This gal is Lisa, who took my order, and kept my coffee cup full.  After being on the road for a bit over three hours, the delicious coffee was a welcome treat!  Note the ketchup bottle, which bears the "Black Bear" label.

Photo:  The restaurant is definitely a diner, as you can look over the counter and watch the kitchen staff in action.

Photo:  Meet Tristen, my friendly server, who brought my breakfast to me.  She was happy with photos, and very pleasant to chat with.  My breakfast arrived in about 10 minutes after I placed my order.  

Photo:  At 0700 on this Wednesday morning, the restaurant is getting busy, as Tristen has placed my order on the counter, and is chatting with a local gal, who seems to be a regular breakfast diner.  As this photo was taken, the restaurant was beginning to get quite busy, with the morning breakfast rush.

Photo:  Thanks, Tristen, for gladly snapping my photo, as I prepare to enjoy a delicious breakfast at Black Bear Diner, in Mt. Shasta City.

Photo:  The Black Bear Diner chain places a GIGANTIC emphasis on breakfast, and breakfast is served anytime the restaurant is open.  The breakfast menu offers a mind-boggling array of choices, but I zeroed in on the "Portuguese Linguisa" plate, along with hash browns, and two fried eggs, over easy, which is my de facto standard.  Toast is offered, along with biscuits and gravy... duh!  I went for the biscuits and gravy... naturally!

The photo says it all, as the breakfast was amazing, and the flagship restaurant certainly paves the way for the Black Bear Diner chain.  Here's to the next 20 years!

The Mt. Shasta City location of Black Bear Diner delivers an amazing breakfast, and as the flagship restaurant of the chain, is just what you want when you're in the mood for a delicious breakfast.  You get fast, friendly service, delicious diner cuisine, lots of it, and you'll have change left over in your wallet.  When you're traveling along the Interstate in Mt. Shasta City, and you're in the mood for "old school" comfort food, stop by Black Bear Diner.

Black Bear Diner
401 W. Lake St.
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
530 926-4669

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