Black Bear Diner

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The Black Bear Diner opened a few weeks ago in the Great Falls Marketplace. We visited on Thursday afternoon when it wasn’t super-busy. First impressions:

* Love the decor! Bears everywhere – log bears outside, bear murals, and even bear hats and shirts for sale inside.
* Service was prompt. Our first server appeared…um…rather bored, but apparently her shift ended mid-visit, and a wonderful young lady named Nicki took over, and her attitude was wonderful.
* The menu is presented as a newspaper, of sorts – actual news from 1961 on the front and back (national and Great Falls), and on the inside is a menu with LOTS OF CHOICES.
* Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., every day of the year.
* Portions are quite generous!
* My double-cheeseburger was very good! The french fries, however, were generic and lacked flavor.
* Pecan-coated trout was a fail – the fish part was fine, but the pecan coating was flat-out bad – the word “rancid” came to mind.
* Nicki swapped the trout for a turkey-bacon sandwich, which was good.
* The mashed potatoes were AMAZING.
* The dessert case featured several types of cream pies and cobbler – we took a few home, and they are delish.
* OVERALL: Despite the fish fail, I really enjoyed the atmosphere, food, and service. Can’t wait to try it again!

The building was originally the Macaroni Grill, which opened in 2008; it became the Moonshine Grill (AKA Shoot The Moon) in late 2012. The Moonshine Grill closed in late 2015.



  1. People who don’t live in the South need to learn that pecans go bad. You can’t keep them after about a week, or they taste bitter and nasty.

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