Black Bear Diner
When I lived in Portland, I went to the Beaverton Black Bear Diner location a few times. I was never impressed. So when they announced they were going to open a restaurant in Great Falls, I was disappointed. We need an awesome brewpub or something similar--not another chain restaurant.
But of course I had to check it out. So some friends and I went for breakfast.
They're definitely working out some opening kinks, but I was actually pretty impressed with the food. It was a much different experience than I had at the Beaverton location.
I think I'll wait a month for them to find their rhythm, then I'll give 'em another shot.
Sidenote: Finding perfect over-medium eggs in Great Falls has proven to be challenging. The Gold Dust Casino makes good eggs. Black Bear Diner's over-medium eggs were perfect.