The Hungry Bear Restaurant is serving family home-style American cuisine in Fullerton, CA

Hidden away on the corner of North Harbor Boulevard and West Bastanchury Road is The Hungry Bear Restaurant. This is definitely not to be confused with the Hungry Bear Restaurant inside Disneyland. Being a former Disney cast member, my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to venture in. The restaurant originally opened as the Steer n’ Stein in 1968. They served quality food at affordable prices, with meat and potatoes emphasis. In 1985, it was renamed The Hungry Bear Restaurant with a change in the décor, while maintaining the familiar menu that keeps their regulars coming back year after year. Upon entering, it’s like being transported into a land of teddy bears. You’re welcomed by friendly staff and an honest, down-home feeling.

Our dining experience started off with clam chowder, the soup of the day. It was reminiscent of the chowder at another familiar all-you-can-eat salad bar restaurant. Unfortunately, it was a bit undercooked. The celery was still crunchy and the sandy clams were a bit off-putting as well. The cream base was fair. It could have used more herbs, like basil, thyme, and bay leaf, to punch it up a bit and perhaps some bacon for a little salty, smoky flavor. However, this is a plus for those who are watching their sodium intake.

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