Our party of three has stayed at the Indian Lodge generally twice a year for four or five nights for the past decade or more. With the dining options in Fort Davis gradually getting worse, we eventually all agreed that just eating at Black Bear each night was the better choice. We came to know what to avoid and what was acceptable. Nothing great, but the salad bar and soups help fill out the nutritional deficits of the dinners.
Imagine our surprise to find the old menu replaced by a flimsy sheet of paper with only four entrees. None of us eat Chicken-Fried Steak, we had just had chicken, so the Marsala Chicken was out, the diner next to us said the vegetables were overcooked in his Pasta with Vegetables, so we were left ordering the Hamburger. Not exactly dinner fare in our book. The burgers were not overcooked inside, but were charred and tough on the outside. The mound of fries did include a sprinkle of sweet potatoes (three, two and one fry on our repective plates). Fresh lettuce and nice tomato with it. For this we waited 40 minutes and paid $12.
Seeing other reviews here praising the place, we though surely we missed something. One night we learned (only by asking the chef beforehand) that a trout special was on the menu. So we all trouped in and had the trout, which was served with brown rice and grilled vegetables. We also had the salad with the house dressing (orange, parsley, rice vinegar, oil). The filet was perfectly plain and unobjectionable but cold, served with a unremarkable side sauce. The brown rice I was happy to see, but it was just dished out of a pot plain and was stone cold. The grilled vegetables were the best part of the meal - very tasty. The salad was large and fresh, the dressing was bitter and so we ate the salad undressed. Actually, I thought the whole meal was similar to a week night meal I might serve at home (only hot with better dressings), which is more than I could say for the old Black Bear. The food arrived much quicker this night, so I can only presume it was cold because there was either a plating-to-table issue, or the "special" was cooked en masse and was served as patrions ordered.
We did not partake in the breakfast buffet because it was not a good value for our limited appetites. It appears the restaurant is (perhaps correctly) geared to a one-night guests.
We came away feeling like the chef cared about her food, but the execution is uneven and the selections is way too limited.
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