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California diner scrambles up all-day breakfast eatery in San Antonio

California diner scrambles up all-day breakfast eatery in San Antonio

It's that most valuable commodity: breakfast all day. Black Bear Diner

A California-based restaurant chain is coming to San Antonio with that most valuable commodity, breakfast all day. Black Bear Diner, which serves classic, home-style comfort food, is executing a Texas expansion for 2022 that includes a location at 2707 Southeast Military Dr. on the South Side. 

According to a spokesperson, the San Antonio restaurant will open by this October.

Black Bear Diner was founded in 1995 by Bruce Dean and Bob Manley in Mt. Shasta, California. The concept brings home-style comfort food classics and personal service to the dining experience. The quickly growing family-dining concept, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offers a vast, enticing menu anchored in hearty portions and excellent value, with service rooted in genuine hospitality.

The restaurant’s motto says it all: breakfast served all day, lunch that’s quick and satisfying, and dinner with comfort-food classics. It also has a cute little bear theme, which plays out in adorable ways, such as black bear insignias on the coffee cups.

The menu is a deliciously sprawling document. Breakfast offerings include pancakes, French toast, omelets, scrambles, biscuits and gravy, and Benedicts. Among the notable items are:

  • bear claws (to go with the bear theme)
  • French toast made from cinnamon rolls
  • chorizo breakfast burrito
  • breakfast sliders with choice of hot Italian or mild Italian sausage

There’s steak and eggs and also chicken-fried steak and eggs, which features a 10-ounce steak breaded and fried golden brown and served with country gravy, three eggs, and two biscuits.

The lunch menu has classic sandwiches, such as a tri-tip dip, which is stacked on ciabatta and served with au jus; and a Reuben that comes with Swiss on grilled rye. There’s also chili made with ground beef, mild Italian sausage, and beans, (yes that’s right, Texas, chili with beans); and four bountiful entree salads.

A slew of burgers includes bacon cheddar, chili cheddar, avocado and Jack cheese, and a Parmesan sourdough burger with Dijon mustard, Swiss cheese, tomato, and grilled onion on thick-cut sourdough bread grilled golden with a garlic Parmesan cheese crust.

Dinner embraces the home-cooking style, with menu items including meatloaf, pot roast, roasted turkey, chicken-fried steak, fried chicken, fish and chips, chicken pot pie, and an open-faced hot turkey sandwich on white bread with turkey gravy, red-skinned potatoes, and cranberry sauce.

Desserts include cream pies, cobbler, five-layer chocolate cake, cheesecake, bread pudding, a brownie sundae, and a banana split.

Black Bear Diner currently has nine locations in Texas, most located in the suburbs of Houston. The most recent location opened in October 2021 in Brownsville.

In addition to the San Antonio location, Black Bear is also opening restaurants in the following Texas spots by October 2022:

  • Mesquite: 3730 Towne Crossing Blvd.
  • Fort Worth: 9501 North Fwy.
  • Pasadena: 3497 E. Sam Houston Pkwy. South
  • McAllen: 602 W. Expy. 83
  • Harker Heights: 401 W. Central Texas Expy.

The new diners are a combination of conversions and new builds, and will incorporate recent design changes to better accommodate off-premise dining. Once all six locations are open, Texas will have the most Black Bear Diner locations outside of California.

In a statement, CEO Anita Adams says expanding the brand’s footprint in the Lone Star State is a key part of its long-term plan to continue to push eastward.

“We are pleased to introduce Black Bear Diner to new communities this year, and we look forward to serving up our delicious food and family-style dining experience to more guests,” Adams says. “Our founders built Black Bear Diner as a unique space where people can gather and enjoy a delicious meal together in a relaxing and fun environment. That sense of community and connection remains a core part of who we are today and extends to our fantastic franchise owners and development partners.”