I rarely visit chain restaurants, yet I'm not a "droid" and I make exceptions, especially when it comes to diners, and especially when it comes to a diner that serves breakfast any time the restaurant is open. In Auburn, my exception to "chain restaurants" happens to be Black Bear Diner, located on Lincoln Way, in Auburn, CA.
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Photo: The Auburn, CA location of Black Bear Diner is one link in a small chain of restaurants, which span nine western states, and are noted for serving "good ol' home cookin'," and stick-to-your-ribs diner cuisine. Yes, you can find Black Bear Diner locations in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, along with Washington.
It's just a little past the 0630 morning opening time on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, and I've arrived at the Auburn location of Black Bear Diner to enjoy a great breakfast.
Photo: As you enter the restaurant, you'll be greeted by a friendly server, who will welcome you to a table. I arrived shortly after the restaurant had opened for breakfast, so the dining room was nearly empty, and I almost had the counter to myself.
Photo: When I dine alone, I prefer to sit at the counter, as I can watch the staff in action, and chit-chat, if their time permits. Today, I shared the counter with only one gentleman, seated at the far end, who preferred to keep to himself.
The counter is large, friendly, and makes a great spot to enjoy breakfast. The window to the kitchen is behind the counter, so you get a great view of what's "happening" during your visit.
Photo: The Auburn location of Black Bear Diner, and all Black Bear restaurant locations are serious about breakfast, as breakfast is served any time the restaurant is open. The breakfast menu offers every choice that a breakfast lover could dream of... and a lot more.
Photo: Until I sat at the counter on this early Tuesday morning, I had no idea that Black Bear Diner had their own brand of ketchup, along with three varieties of hot sauce. I suppose I need to visit this restaurant more often... I love the "Shasta" brand of steak sauce, as the original Black Bear Diner was established back in 1995, in Mt. Shasta City, CA, a couple hundred miles plus a few more miles, from the Auburn location.
Photo: I loved this "bear" picture on the dining room wall. The restaurant, and the dining room, is "bear theme," in keeping with the name of the restaurant, and the parent chain, Black Bear Diner.
Photo: My server, Rudi, picks up my order from the kitchen window. Black Bear Diner is a diner, and doesn't serve "fast food," but my delicious breakfast was ready, and delivered to me in only about 15 minutes after placing my order.
Photo: Meet Rudi, my friendly and attentive server, but when it came to having her photo taken, was quite a bit on the "camera shy" side.
Photo: Thanks, Rudi, for snapping my photo, as I get ready to enjoy a "Ham and Cheese Omelette," from the "Little Less" section of the breakfast menu.
Photo: From the "Little Less" section of the breakfast menu, I ordered the "Ham and Cheese Omelette," made with, as the menu describes, two eggs. All selections on the "Little Less" section of the menu come with strip-cut hash browns, or a biscuit, but toast can be substituted. I "substituted" sourdough toast rather than a biscuit.
I have to admit that I'm a senior citizen - how did that ever happen? - and on this early Tuesday morning, I wasn't very hungry, so the "Little Less" section of the breakfast menu caught my attention. And since it had been a long time since I'd enjoyed an omelette for breakfast, the "Ham and Cheese Omelette" seemed to be a perfect fit for my breakfast needs.
The star of the breakfast, the omelette, is on the small side, as it's based on only two eggs, but it's packed with diced ham, lots of cheese, and I think a little butter. No worries, as it's GOOD, I mean REALLY GOOD, and will satisfy all of your breakfast cravings, albeit it on the light side. "Strip-cut hash browns" were a new variety of breakfast potato for me, and I wasn't disappointed, as the hash browns were cut on the thick side, fried to a perfect, golden brown... crunchy on the outside and tender inside, just the way hash browns are supposed to be. I noted that each slice of hash brown seemed to be separated, and cooked to an individual golden brown. Oh yes!!! The hash brown potatoes were great!
Rather than a biscuit, I ordered sourdough toast, complete with lots of melted butter. My breakfast came garnished with an orange slice, along with a lettuce leaf or two, which made for a great presentation. My breakfast was on the "light side," yet that was what I was looking for today, and I can say that I enjoyed a great breakfast at Black Bear Diner, in Auburn, CA.
Yes, you can enjoy breakfast any time the restaurant is open, so if you love breakfast as much as I do, you've come to the right restaurant. The Auburn location of Black Bear Diner will take care of your breakfast cravings, as well as lunch and dinner, and you'll be treated to delicious food, a "woodsy" dining room, and lots of friendly service.
Black Bear Diner
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