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  • #16
    Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

    Originally posted by darkfairycthulu View Post
    In addition, there would be a chili toppings bar (self-service), featuring items such as onion, green onions, sour cream, real bacon crumbles, shredded cheese, etc.
    A serve yourself bar with bacon, cheese and sour cream?

    Have you seen the people that frequent Disneyland? They'd eat fistfuls of bacon. cheese and sour cream if it were free.

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    • #17
      Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

      Originally posted by Mr Wiggins View Post
      Speaking as a big fan of Big Thunder, I'd give the OP 5 stars. Excellent theme & menu ideas! As much as I love the open upper deck, I'd vote for enclosing it (keeping the windows ginormous, however). Doing a state of the art job of theming the enclosure decor & tables would upscale it to a classy "lodge-restaurant-overlooking-the-river" feel. A bit of the "world away from the rest of the world" feeling that you got at the Tahitian Terrace.

      :thumbup:


      Thank you very much Mr. Wiggins! I can see missing the upper deck too, being open...but no harm in thinking of other possibilities, seeing as over by Big Thunder is pretty much locked into having the Mexican food offerings and kind of Spanish architecture, as opposed to woodsy settings, like the National Park/arts and crafts lodges suited to the backwoods of Critter Country. Thank you once more!
      when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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      • #18
        Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

        Originally posted by aashee View Post
        A serve yourself bar with bacon, cheese and sour cream?

        Have you seen the people that frequent Disneyland? They'd eat fistfuls of bacon. cheese and sour cream if it were free.
        LOL too true Aashe...maybe it would need to be supervised then Though I can just picture you loading up on bacon.....I would be tempted, now that you mention it..... Mmm. Free bacon.
        when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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        • #19
          Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

          Originally posted by techskip View Post
          I'm all for keeping the views of the Hungry Bear, I just wish the food itself was a lot better. Specifically I would like to see only 1 or 2 places in the park that serve burgers... and high quality burgers at that. I love a bacon cheddar burger but Hungry Bear is barely a step above McDonald's these days... for a while it was pretty close since I could even get McD's fries right down the way.
          Agreed. I kinda felt the same way after my visit last Sunday.

          I wouldn't be opposed to an expansion of the menu, just an enclosure of the upper deck. I never eat on the bottom deck because it's to cave-like for me. Although, I definitely agree that the queue/register area would greatly benefit from an awning of some sort. The sun is so intense while waiting in line sometimes and that just isn't necessary.

          Originally posted by darkfairycthulu
          I'd be fine if they left a few burger offerings, but really, the park has two other burger service locations, when one really high quality place would suffice. This could even be folded into the menu along with the chili. But one can always hope they'd implement some new, quality food items Pair a new chef and new attitude of making the food (fresh, large batches of chili made on site) with some actual quality ingredients and update the environment a little bit (with nods to the now extinct country bears, no less)
          I think there is definitely some middle ground that can be reached here. I love great food and I'm willing to pay for it too. Having some more selections would certainly be a welcome addition to the Hungry Bear. Heck, maybe they could even turn it into a dinner destination too!

          Still, I do like the openess of the upper deck. I don't think that I'd want to compromise too much on that one. Maybe they could "stick frame" the upper deck in such a manner that it would be semi-enclosable during inclement weather via retractable awnings and oversized hinged shutters instead of windows. That way they wouldn't lose the use of the Hungry Bear as a dining destination when it rains.
          Charlie :wave:
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          • #20
            Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

            Originally posted by darkfairycthulu View Post
            Thank you very much Mr. Wiggins! I can see missing the upper deck too, being open...but no harm in thinking of other possibilities, seeing as over by Big Thunder is pretty much locked into having the Mexican food offerings and kind of Spanish architecture, as opposed to woodsy settings, like the National Park/arts and crafts lodges suited to the backwoods of Critter Country. Thank you once more!
            Apologies, I typed "Big Thunder" when I meant to say "Hungry Bear."

            But you're very welcome. The remade restaurant that I envision from your description would delight even the most loyal Hungry Bear fan.

            "Inside every Hungry Bear burger fan, there's a bacon-cheese-and-sour-cream lover trying to get out."

            "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
            Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
            imagination or art. All you need is a brand."

            - Neil Gabler

            "I didn't know the story of baby Jesus could be any better,
            until Thor told it to me."
            -
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            • #21
              Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

              Originally posted by aashee View Post
              A serve yourself bar with bacon, cheese and sour cream?

              Have you seen the people that frequent Disneyland? They'd eat fistfuls of bacon. cheese and sour cream if it were free.
              :lmao::clap::roll:
              So true.
              Charlie :wave:
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              • #22
                Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

                What is the gluten free status of this restaurant? Probably the chili will be wheat thickened.

                Pinocchio's Village Haus is on my do not eat restaurants as they do not sell gluten free buns on their over cooked burgers. As for other burgers I love Taste Pilot's Grill because it is that big burger with fresh toppings unlike Village Haus's over cooked meat on lettuce and bun with packets of mayo, ketchup and mustard.

                I will be trying this place out soon and hope it has some gluten free chili as DLR does not sell gluten free chili currently. I am also soy and egg free because of allergens.

                It is nice to see some changes on the menu finally.

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                • #23
                  Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

                  Originally posted by mechurchlady View Post
                  What is the gluten free status of this restaurant? Probably the chili will be wheat thickened.

                  Pinocchio's Village Haus is on my do not eat restaurants as they do not sell gluten free buns on their over cooked burgers. As for other burgers I love Taste Pilot's Grill because it is that big burger with fresh toppings unlike Village Haus's over cooked meat on lettuce and bun with packets of mayo, ketchup and mustard.

                  I will be trying this place out soon and hope it has some gluten free chili as DLR does not sell gluten free chili currently. I am also soy and egg free because of allergens.

                  It is nice to see some changes on the menu finally.
                  Didn't mean to mislead anyone at all...this is an idea only at this point. No actual change to selling exclusively chili has been made. Sorry for any confusion....should have labeled it clearly, armchair imagineering, or such. My bad. Disney has not actually made of the changes listed...all are solely my ideas, not reality.
                  when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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                  • #24
                    Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

                    Originally posted by aashee View Post
                    A serve yourself bar with bacon, cheese and sour cream?

                    Have you seen the people that frequent Disneyland? They'd eat fistfuls of bacon. cheese and sour cream if it were free.
                    That can and does happen everywhere. I've walked up to people at Costco filling up their "water cups" with soda and busted them into pouring it out and getting Water. (What part of the words "Water Cup" do you fail to understand? :blink Or worse, they load up on the "Free!" condiments like diced onions and sweet pickle relish to take home for other uses. (This is why they make 2-ounce cups of Sauerkraut now that they give you at the window, they had blatant theft issues when it was out in a warmer with a set of serving tongs.)

                    The way I see it, if you don't speak up you are condoning theft. Petty theft certainly, but theft none the less.


                    The burger trimmings bars at Taste Pilots Grill are semi-supervised, but to put out high ticket items like sour cream and cheese would get abused in a heartbeat. They already have people making little Side Salads with all the trimmings out there now - :angel: Not that I would even consider doing anything like that, mind you... :lmao:

                    The sensible way would be to offer one or two premium add-ons with the menu item, and if you want more they charge 25c to 50c each. They just have to pick a place to draw the line between 'premium condiments' and 'we can put it out at a table and it won't be abused too badly.'

                    The premium things they can keep in the back, and put on the tray with the order - Sour Cream is readily available in the "triangle packs" prepacked from the Dairy. If they go to a major maker like Hormel and place a big order, prepacks with 1 Oz of crumbled bacon should be easy to get. And what they can't buy pre-packed they can easily package for themselves on-site. Get 1-ounce or 2-ounce plastic souffle cups and lids for things like crumbled bacon, diced onions, sauerkraut, pickle chips or shredded cheese.

                    They already have the pre-pack peel-top cups for sauces like BBQ Sauce, Creamy Horseradish, and 1000 Island Dressing. And a whole lotta things come in single serving packets like Mayo, Relish and Grey Poupon dijon mustard...

                    --<< Bruce >>--
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                    • #25
                      Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

                      Originally posted by Bruce Bergman View Post

                      The sensible way would be to offer one or two premium add-ons with the menu item, and if you want more they charge 25c to 50c each. They just have to pick a place to draw the line between 'premium condiments' and 'we can put it out at a table and it won't be abused too badly.'

                      The premium things they can keep in the back, and put on the tray with the order - Sour Cream is readily available in the "triangle packs" prepacked from the Dairy. If they go to a major maker like Hormel and place a big order, prepacks with 1 Oz of crumbled bacon should be easy to get. And what they can't buy pre-packed they can easily package for themselves on-site. Get 1-ounce or 2-ounce plastic souffle cups and lids for things like crumbled bacon, diced onions, sauerkraut, pickle chips or shredded cheese.

                      They already have the pre-pack peel-top cups for sauces like BBQ Sauce, Creamy Horseradish, and 1000 Island Dressing. And a whole lotta things come in single serving packets like Mayo, Relish and Grey Poupon dijon mustard...

                      --<< Bruce >>--
                      Excellent suggestions and great data on this, Bruce....your way totally tops my idea, heh. Thank you for sharing! Definitely the way to go would be to monitor it and have everything pre-portioned...I was picturing little deli/plastic cups of onions and cheese and bacon in recessed metal trays on a napkin station type setup, just didn't get around to actually typing it heh. So that's my bad.
                      when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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                      • #26
                        Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

                        I like it as is. It's always one of our favorite places to eat.

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                        • #27
                          Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

                          I am going to have to dole whip someone for confusing me.

                          1. It should have lots of soy and gluten free foods. If I can make it a t home then why not at the parks.

                          2. I want fresh toppings on my burger and real cheese. I could go to Burger King and get lettuce, tomatos, onions, and pickles. Burgers are not about ketchup, picante sauce, mustard, and mayo but about the pickles, onions and produce.

                          3. I would love to see real food that I can eat. Chili with real pork shoulder sounds good but make it gluten free. I love tater tots and shoestring fries and would love to see that in a restaurant. I would love a pulled pork sandwich or a barbecued ham sandwich.

                          Do not enclose the restaurant please. I hate the clop clop of people on the boards above me so I avoid the downstairs usually.

                          Asians were a part of the settling of western America so how about Wang's Peking Duck Wings where you get to eat real duck soup, duck tostada, duck breast sandwich and the infamous Peking duck dinner made by Wang and his brothers. That is a joke, as in what to do with the ducks that are run over by the Mark Twain. A silly replacement for the Hungry Bear Restaurant. I wish they had some Thai food though.

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                          • #28
                            Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

                            I like your ideas. I think that not really food, but the designing of the restraunt needs to go. P.S. I love the idea of carved characters on the posts and stuff

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                            • #29
                              Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

                              Step 1 is to make the food edible...
                              Good morning, son
                              In twenty years from now
                              Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                              And I can tell you 'bout today
                              And how I picked you up and everything changed
                              It was pain
                              Sunny days and rain
                              I knew you'd feel the same things...


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                              • #30
                                Re: Hungry Bear Restaurant Revamp/Menu Change

                                Originally posted by NeverNeverland View Post
                                Step 1 is to make the food edible...
                                100% agree with you on that.
                                when the spooks have a midnight jamboree....

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