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Black Bear Diner is a restaurant chain in the western United States, which serves homestyle and “old-fashioned” comfort foods. The first restaurant was opened in Mount Shasta, California in 1994.

Black Bear decor is a rustic motif with “over-the-top bear paraphernalia” and each restaurant is decorated with a 3.7 m black bear carving. The menu is in the form of an old newspaper; the portions unbelievably huge.

I visited a Black Bear a few years back while traveling through Central Oregon. Dying for a beer, I was disappointed to learn that the restaurant didn’t serve alcohol. No ales, no porters, no stouts, no lagers. Nothing! In a state which boasts of its microbrews, this is a sacrilege. I asked the waitress if we were in a dry town to which she replied with a pained look, “Something like that.” I ordered a chocolate malt instead, my first in about ten years.

I’ve included a page from Black Bear’s breakfast menu. Note how there aren’t any pictures. One of the nice things about restaurants here in Japan is that most menus come with photographs or illustrations so you know what to expect when you order something. Let me tell you, I was dumbfounded by everything that was hauled over to and then dumped on our table. The portions! You could have fed a nuclear family in Japan with each dish.


Speak! English Salon/スピーク英会話サロン




Author: Aonghas Crowe

Aonghas (pron. "Ennis") Crowe is an author, writer, blogger, and translator. He splits his time between Fukuoka, Japan and Beirut, Lebanon. Read more by Aonghas Crowe at www.aonghascrowe.com

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