Cute decor (if you like bears and country bear kitschy, which is fine with me) with a variety of seating options: booths, small tables, larger tables, a center area that is separated and made less of a "middle of the room" feeling by dividers. I don't like the large tvs playing--I come to eat, not be distracted by images on large screens (there are sports bars for that!).
Clean appearance inside and out. Nice landscaping. Covered outside porch area to wait for seating (which, in Paradise, seems to happen a bit since this place is popular with big eaters). Servers run the gamut from friendly and helpful to those who act as if they wish they had a different job.
The majority of menu items are priced a bit higher because the portions are over-the-top huge. Even the "smaller portions" meals are enough for two to share. I know, just eat what I want and leave the rest, right? But I don't enjoy having to scan through a menu and only have a few items to choose from that have a reasonable portion size. In our community it's rather a joke that going to Black Bear means you're going because you want to eat lots and lots and lots. It's rather like Hometown Buffet without the walking back and forth from the buffet to your table...
Food quality/flavoring is a typical "most of it seems made somewhere else" style. I don't really mind that, but in my multiple experiences, the food at Annie's, on Skyway, is a similar genre but tastes much fresher and better--and more "real."
On one visit, Hubby and I stopped by for a quick afternoon treat. I opted for the peach pie, with a scoop of ice cream. The pastries (small pies, cinnamon rolls, etc.) are visible in a cabinet by the front desk at the restaurant and the crust looked good so I thought the peach pie would be a treat. Yuck, though--the peach pie was made with a sugar substitute and tasted like it. Why wouldn't a server have told me that when I ordered since sugar substitute isn't a standard element of most dessert items unless requested?
I drive by Black Bear at least twice every day--usually on my way *somewhere else* for a meal.
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