Black Bear Diner
6180 W. Tropicana Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Meat quality: 10-oz grade-A beef burger with various cheeses.
Type of fries: crisp, large portion.
Bun size: regular.
Drink: various beverages.
Order method: server.
Wait time for meal: 10 min.
Price: $8.46 (including tax)
Atmosphere: friendly, homey, comfortable.
Rating/comment: 4.5 wimpys (out of 5):
If you want an escape from Las Vegas, Black Bear is it. One would never guess this diner sits in a busy shopping center off Trop and Jones. The Black Bear grew from a single restaurant in Mt. Shasta, Calif., eight years ago and, like bears, the orders come large. Called the Papa Bear, this 10-oz burger is so big that it sticks nearly halfway outside the bun. The order of fries is also huge and the soda comes in a giant-sized glass. The burger is fine and, coupled with excellent service, makes for a stellar dinner stop. In fact, the place steadily filled with patrons as we consumed the meal. The owners have decorated the interior with bears of all sizes, creating a country atmosphere that is appealing and relaxing. The price is right, considering the size. We’re coming back!