A Sandwich a Day: Hate Beak from Kuma's Corner

A Sandwich a Day

Reviews of Chicago sandwiches.


[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Though best known for their burgers, Kuma's Corner has a proven deftness with the deep fryer. But while fried chicken tenders appear in both the menu's appetizer section and as one of the patty options for the many inventive burger offerings, they're put to best use in the Hate Beak ($12.00), the restaurant's take on the buffalo chicken sandwich.

Kuma's best dishes are the ones that exercise restraint, which is where this sandwich shines. Lightly Buffalo-sauced tenders are topped with just enough Monterey Jack cheese to give a little pull to each bite, and the included lettuce, tomato, and red onion add just the right amount of fresh crispness. Like most pretzel buns, this sandwich's has a tendency to overpower its fillings, though it is certainly the softest one I've come across yet. The last bite, sans top bun and topped with plenty of the accompanying blue cheese dressing was by far the best of all. Are open faced buffalo chicken sandwiches a thing?

Kuma's Corner

2900 W Belmont Avenue Chicago, IL 60618 (map)