Lunch with Tori: Leah’s Korner Kafe

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After listening to common information studies about Restaurant: Inconceivable taking pictures an episode in Coleman this month, it made sense that I ended by to see Leah’s Korner Kafe.

Leah’s Korner Kafe catches my consideration simply by the title. Name me an advocate, however my quills get ruffled when the right spelling of one thing is gently pushed apart. The restaurant’s title is apt, nevertheless, as the doorway is actually on the nook of East Railway and Fourth Avenue.

As I entered the sunshine grey constructing, I wasn’t positive I would gotten inside. The inside was paying homage to a summer time scene within the nation. Partitions are painted lime inexperienced, with an accent wall painted with flowers and a white picket fence. Floral preparations are tucked into corners across the eating room, together with window containers and painted milk churns. Within the middle of the room, a pole disguised as a phone pole is embellished with birds and colourful glass insulators. The kitchen, however, has a monochromatic coloration scheme, encased in white partitions accented with black barn doorways.

With just a little creativeness, friends can think about consuming a picnic.

The ten tables unfold throughout the restaurant crammed up shortly after I positioned my order – the restaurant stays a well-liked vacation spot for breakfast and lunch. Fellow friends included previous lunchtime buddies and households having fun with a ravishing summer time afternoon.


Together with a number of new coats of paint, Korner Kafe has up to date its menu. Earlier than Restaurant: Inconceivable got here to city, the restaurant’s Friday menu included fried fish, 10 completely different burgers, a handful of salads and wraps, and several other sandwiches. For breakfast, the menu featured greater than a dozen omelettes, pancakes, French toast, and conventional staples like biscuits and gravy.

The brand new menu retains some dishes, together with the colossus omelet, however introduces new dishes, together with hen ‘n waffles, a beetroot and turnip sandwich, and loaded pierogi. To be trustworthy, I used to be just a little intimidated by how most of the dishes had “spicy” written of their descriptions or contained spicy elements like buffalo sauce or pickled jalapenos.

Fancy one thing mild and ordered the crispy shrimp salad.

As soon as once more, I hesitated on the point out of a spicy peanut dressing, however the waitress who attended to me checked and mentioned it wasn’t too spicy. I felt courageous and took the salad as is.

The salad arrived at my desk in file time and was a riot of coloration that made my eyes widen. A shallow bowl contained Chinese language cabbage, lettuce, carrots – each pickled and shredded varieties – chopped cucumber and spring onions, topped with a handful of evenly breaded shrimp and drizzled with peanut sauce. The shrimp have been tender and gave a pleasant weight to the meal. The greens have been contemporary and complemented one another effectively. The peanut sauce, whereas barely candy, actually had some spiciness, so I made positive to get simply sufficient in a single mouthful to taste the greens. On my private warmth index, it was mid-range: heat sufficient to make my tongue tingle and my nostril run, however not scorching sufficient to soften my throat by the top of the meal.

For many who can’t deal with spicy meals, the cooks will fortunately substitute one other dressing for you.

Whereas it was fairly a stroll to drive to Coleman for lunch—my entire journey took an hour and a half, with the meal taking on solely a 3rd of that point—I feel Leah’s Korner Kafe is certainly definitely worth the drive. The employees is pleasant and accommodating, the brand new menu presents many new flavors alongside previous favorites, and the interiors carry the outside in in a comfortable method.

I may attempt to discover a number of extra causes to go to the town and have one other chew to eat on the “nook”. Backside up!

Editor’s word: Out to Lunch with Tori seems within the Midland Each day Information each Thursday. Victoria (Tori) Ritter might be reached at [email protected]