Kuma's Corner, a "comfort food" spot in a beautiful building on West Belmont, opened up about a month ago, and has recently been the beneficiary of some effusive praise at MetroMix -- which is what convinced me to give it a go. I dropped in today for what turned out to be a very satisfying brunch in an extremely beautiful setting.
Kuma's is set in a beautiful stone building, with this entertaining weathervane on top (good thing Starbucks didn't catch the Moby Dick reference first or this corner would've been serving lattes months ago):
Kuma's Corner is named after the owner's dog (or so he told me), but because "Kuma" means "bear" in Japanese (also something he told me), there is a bear theme to the beautifully restored bar:
In addition to the bears, Kuma's has a "tats and piercings" theme going on, and my experience confirms the statement at MetroMix that every employee is pierced, tatooed or both. The theme extends to the men's restroom:
and even the coasters:
I had corned beef hash, which was chunky, homestyle and served with two poached eggs and optional sauteed onions:
This was pretty tasty hash; not the best I've tried, but above average, and enhanced with some of the plentiful array of hot pepper sauces kept on hand behind the bar.
On my way to photograph the restroom (that sounds peculiar; please note the staff suggested it...) ... anyway, I passed a tray of fresh biscuits, which looked rather good, so I substituted those for toast. I was glad I did, because these were truly great biscuits, the highlight of my meal. Crisp exteriors, soft and layered insides, and as noted, very fresh from the oven. I'll go back for the biscuits and gravy some other time. You can catch a glimpse of the biscuits in the background of this picture:
Kuma's Corner is a good addition to the neighborhood. They also serve lunch and dinner (again, comfort food -- burgers, mac & cheese, and the like) and have outdoor seating in back; when they get their liquor license, it could be a very pleasant place for dinner or beer. They've clearly put a lot of thought and work into the place, know what they are doing and seem primed for success. They also seem to have avoided the "Dunlay's Syndrome," as (1) their restoration of the barroom, inside and out, is highly sensitive to the context of the neighborhood and (2) the pierced & tatooed owner and staff are far removed from the Trixie and Chad patrol at Dunlay's, both in style and substance. Certainly the neighborhood needs an option like this, so I wish them very well.
2900 W. Belmont