by Michael P Coleman

I was glad when they said unto me “Let us go unto Black Bear Diner.” 

Black Bear Diner is a cozy, family-oriented restaurant that has opened several new locations over the years.  One of them’s near my daughter’s home in Citrus Heights, so I checked it out yesterday.  Another is across the street from Arden Mall in Sacramento, so I checked it out this morning. 

That’s right: Black Bear Diner is now the first and only restaurant I have eaten at on two consecutive days.  The reason for that?  I couldn’t decide yesterday whether my 12:30pm meal should consist of breakfast or lunch, and both menus are huge, comprehensive, and completely compelling.  They called to me. 

Well, the BBQ bacon cheeseburger called, and I answered.  And I was glad.  It is incredible.  And huge.  And I wish I could say I couldn’t eat the whole thing.  But I did.  The whole. Thing.   But that meant I didn’t get to experience the breakfast fare, and I longed for a bite of the biscuits on the plates at the adjacent table. 

So what’s a true investigative journalist to do?  I went back this morning, to the new location across from Arden.  Oh, yes I did.  And I got that biscuit.  And a scrumptious omelette with the works.  I swapped out the onion for bell pepper, and all of it was wrapped up in gooey, piping hot cheddar cheese. 

And I was glad. 

Prices are moderate, and the place is very family friendly.  To quote our former governor, I’ll be back.  

Information on all of Black Bear Diner’s locations is at

Michael P ColemanThis blog was written by freelancer and professional foodie Michael P Coleman. Connect with him at or on Twitter:@ColemanMichaelP 


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