Bear's Grill and Spirits
550 Gause Blvd.
Slidell, Louisiana 70458
Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
By Jane Feehan
This casual Slidell eatery, one of two suburban New Orleans locations, earned its decades old reputation selling po' boys made of slow cooked, thinly sliced roast beef and 8 oz Bear Burgers crowned with a choice of toppings that include its signature BBQ sauce, Buffalo sauce, bleu cheese or “roast beef debris” gravy.
Bear's recently added seafood to the menu, a wise move to attract non-beef eaters. If a recent sampling is any proof, Bear’s will garner the same good reputation for its seafood creations.
One of the new items, a soft shell crab po’boy, is a winner. It came lightly fried and dressed with just the right amount of lettuce, tomato, pickles and mayonnaise. The tasty batter only enhanced the flavor – and texture – of the crabmeat. Bear’s homemade po’ boy bread is not the typical crusty French bread often used in New Orleans but a softer, less overpowering version that’s easier to manage and chew through. A generous portion of fries is included with small po’ boys, but is not part of a large sandwich order. Bear’s small sandwiches will satisfy most appetites.
Other seafood choices include oyster, shrimp po’boys or platters and a seafood combination platter. For dieters or light eaters an array of salads is available: chicken, the Ferdie (Bear’s roast beef version of a chef’s salad), Caesar and more. Fried jalapenos, Bear’s Famous Gravy Fries, cheese fries, Buffalo wings and other items are offered as starters.
For those who have room for dessert, try a Bear Paw Sundae – scoops of vanilla ice cream smothered in chocolate syrup and dotted with whipped cream – or a root beer float.
Bear’s provides a full service bar, a giant screen for sports enthusiasts and a happy hour, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Prices are inexpensive with the average entree $9-15. Good service. Take out and children’s menu available.
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