Black Bear Diner, Barstow, California

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  1. HalpinUout

    HalpinUout Road Train Member

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    Stopped at the TA here in Barstow, California for my first time ever and tried out the Black Bear Diner Restaurant that they have. It appears this is a west coast restaurant chain but boy is it good. It sure beats the standard TA country charm. I had Dinner and Breakfast here both very good, pricey but if the food is good I don't mind paying. They have fresh squeezed OJ which I love. $4.99 for a large but seems on par with any other place I've been that serves it. Yesterday all day long there was a wait to be seated. It was so long for lunch I decided on eating Subway which I'm not a fan of but was starving so I wasn't waiting. I guess that is a sign of a place having good food if you've gotta wait. While it was a busy travel day yesterday from the Holiday weekend, when was the last time you've seen a standard TA country charm have a wait??? LOL. Never. I hope in the Midwest they start moving in this direction and replacing the horrible country charms with something like this. Seems like what they are doing is removing the country charms and putting in Popeyes Overpriced chicken.... Yuck.
     
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  3. bzinger

    bzinger Road Train Member

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    Thanks ill have to check that out .
     
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  4. IluvCATS

    IluvCATS Road Train Member

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    I see those and never went in. I’ll give it a shot.
     
  5. Allow Me.

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    Before that was a T/A it was a Rip Griffin and before that it was aTomahawk. I've seen Black Bear diner somewhere, can't remember where (in Ca.) A Sunday ending a holiday weekend between Vegas and Fontana on the I-15...I'm surprised you even made it there !
     
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  6. STexan

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    There are a number of those diners around California with nearby truck parking. I prefer the Outpost Cafe down at the Pilot in Hesperia. They too have beer and limited spirits. But their flat iron steak is outstanding and priced right.
     
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  7. skibum_63

    skibum_63 Road Train Member

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    There is a Black Bear across the street form the TA in Sparks,nv. as well as one a couple of blocks west of the Sacramento 49er.
    Another good Wet coast chain, Shari's
     
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  8. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    Anything would beat the slop they serve up at Flying J across the road.
     
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  9. HalpinUout

    HalpinUout Road Train Member

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    I've been to the Rip Griffins out in Texas and the Tomahawks in Colorado never knew that both had stops all the way out here at one point. And LOL ya I couldn't believe the traffic at 4a.m. when I left Vegas to head thus way i should have took off a lot earlier.
     
  10. STexan

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    I like the Barstow J's location and general amenities but if I break there, I'll hoof it across the way to some of the other dining options.

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  11. Hawkeye212

    Hawkeye212 Light Load Member

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    There were 2 Black Bear Diners in Sioux City, IA but both closed up, which was a surprise because they stayed pretty busy. Good food though. And they served beer lol.
    No room for truck parking though.
    But I've seen others around.

    According to Wikipedia, there are 82 locations in 8 states (48 locations in Cali alone) and 16 more places are currently being built.
     
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