Eat Across America! at Black Bear Kitchen – The Typical Tourist

Welcome to Montverde’s newest restaurant: Black Bear Kitchen!

We’re always excited when a new restaurant opens in our area – especially when it’s a locally owned one and right around the corner from our daughter’s school! Woo hoo! Say hello to Black Bear Kitchen!

Located on Route 455 in the small hamlet of Montverde, FL, Black Bear Kitchen is serving up dishes that invite you to “Eat Across America! From the Northeast to the Midwest to the West to the South, the menu has something for everyone!

Look at those layers of turkey pastrami, Swiss cheese, and crumbled bacon on swirled Rye! A Forkful of refreshing Southern Vidalia Cole Slaw

On our first visit, my hubby chose the Black Bear Reuben and an order of Loaded Fries. The Black Bear Reuben is deliciously crafted with Turkey Pastrami, crumbled bacon, and Swiss cheese. It comes with a side and he chose the Southern Vidalia Cole Slaw. The fries were delectable with crumbled bacon, melted cheese and the “secret sauce” – which is absolutely key!

(Pro-tip: I got an extra little cup of “secret sauce” and dipped my bites of Reuben in it- yum! And for the record, he offered to share. I promise!)

Also, while just a side dish, it’s worth noting that the Black Bear Kitchen Southern Vidalia Cole Slaw is fresh and delicious. Normally, we can take or leave coleslaw, but we both got to the bottom of this one.

Delicious, handheld Kalena’s Shrimp Street Tacos

For my first visit to Black Bear Kitchen, I chose Kalena’s Street Tacos – the shrimp version – also with the side of Southern Vidalia Cole Slaw. The shrimp was seasoned well and cooked perfectly. The handheld flour tortillas with street corn, pickled jalapeños, verde sauce, cilantro, lime, and cojita cheese were also yummy. However, the shrimp and the tacos weren’t the best combination option. It’s one of the moments when I should have believed the chef and ordered the original Kalena’s Street Tacos with carnitas. I love shrimp tacos, but these are not the ones.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I happily ate all three of the street tacos. They were good, but based on the amazing flavor profile of the Reuben and Fries, I think I could have made a better choice for me.

So, next time? I’m choosing a different delicious option from their menu. For shrimp, maybe The Classic Wedge or the Shrimp Po’Boy? Or perhaps brisket in The Big Sexy or The KC Mahomey? So many yummy choices on the Black Bear Kitchen menu! In addition, little bears and cubs have a few options just their size.


Finally, all food and drink orders are taken at the front counter then delivered to your table. The staff at Black Bear are friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient which is the perfect combination for weekday lunch or dinner. As summer is in full swing here in Central Florida – that translates to 95 in the shade- we chose indoor seating. There’s also a great patio area, complete with picnic tables, cornhole games, and draped lighting which promises great fun in the Fall.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our first lunch at Black Bear Kitchen and will definitely be back! When you’re looking for a distinctly American lunch in the Clermont area? Take 455 N and head up to Black Bear Kitchen. You’ll be glad you did!

Welcome to Black Bear Kitchen! Fountain drinks at Black Bear Kitchen

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