Black Bear Diner serving up Homemade Spaghetti to benefit AZ Myeloma Network Charity Day

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In 1995, Bob and Laurie Manley and Bruce Dean created the first Black Bear Diner in Mt. Shasta, CA.  According to Dean, "The Black Bear theme was a natural fit.  Black bears are native to Mt. Shasta, and they used to enjoy the berries in the town's vast strawberry fields.  Our first diner sits on the site of these fields frequented by Black Bears."

Unlike most family restaurant menus that sport pages of slick, glossy food photos alongside predictable menu descriptions, Black Bear Diner's menus, printed on newsprint, resemble small town newspapers.  Reprints of local articles and ads from the early 1900s are featured on the front and back pages for each dinner.  "The newspaper menu format reinforces the heritage of each restaurant's community," according to Dean.  
Inside the menu enticing descriptions of the food interspersed with Black Bear wit belie the need for photos.  Top selling, Bob's Big Bear Burger "is not for the bearanoid," the menu boasts.  With three-quarters of a pound of seasoned ground beef, special sauce, grilled onions, tomatoes, lettuce, pickles & mayo, and a big knife speared through the center to hold it together, it delivers on its promise.  

"If you didn't say 'Wow' when you got your meal, you probably ordered toast," is what Dean and Manley have been telling guests since they opened.  "We are committed to serving huge bearlike portions of fresh homemade food, delivering both quality food at a great value."

Other Black Bear menu draws include: The Big Foot (three-quarter pound) Chicken Fried Steak, Huge Homemade Bear Claws, Giant fresh baked Biscuits, Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Caesar Sandwich, Old Fashioned Meatloaf with Brown Gravy, and Black "Beary" Cobbler.  "We not only have a big menu," points out Dean, "but you can order breakfast anytime of day."

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Here is a list of Black Bear Diner's in the Greater Phoenix area:

6039 West Bell Road
Glendale, AZ  85306
(602) 843-1921

1809 E. Baseline Road
Gilbert, AZ  85233-1543    
(480) 926-2046

980 N Dysart Road
Goodyear, AZ  85338        
(623) 932-2968

Coming SOON

Chandler (Opening late 2015)
2805 S. Alma School Rd.
Chandler, AZ
Las Tiendas Shopping Center

Tempe (Opening Mid 2016)
Priest & Elliot Rd.
Tempe, AZ

Other ARIZONA locations:
Lake Havasu
Bullhead City

Black Bear Diner is a paid sponsor of Sonoran Living

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