When I visit Las Vegas, I try not to eat on the Strip. The main reason is the restaurants are overpriced, or its just another commercial experience. For breakfast, Stephen and I have found many hidden gems located no more than 10-15 minutes from the Strip. On this visit, I suggested coming to the Black Bear Diner located off Tropicana Avenue.
Black Bear is a restaurant chain that started in Mt. Shasta, California with locations in the western part of the United States, such as Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
On weekends, they do get crowded, but fortunately we came on a weekday, and was seated right away at 9:30 am. The restaurant is “bear themed” and the portions are lumberjack sized. They do offer a a few menu items for seniors or those who are light eaters, and the portions are still very generous.
We had dinner plans at 7:00, so we didn’t want to fill up with a huge breakfast. We decided on the “Mini Volcano” which is 2 pancakes, bacon and/or sausage, plus an egg for $8.99. The pancakes are made with a sweet cream, which I ate without syrup. They reminded me of the taste of a fortune cookie, with a hint of vanilla.
Service was friendly, and there’s plenty of free parking.