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Kuma's Corner

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Kuma's CornerKuma's Corner
BA SCORE
95
world-class

49 Reviews
Reviews: 49
Visits: 119
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2900 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-5804
United States
phone: (773) 604-8769

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @kumascorner

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Place added by: gwtucker on 12-18-2005

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Reviews: 49 | Visits: 119
Reviews by jegross2:
Photo of jegross2
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

It costs upwards of $13 for a hamburger and fries. Their kitchen is the size of my bedroom, and the entire restaurant is not much bigger than my apartment. On the weekends, you are almost guaranteed to wait 2-3 hours for a table. They do not take reservations, and in the summer, you can't even order their food to go. And if you're a vegan...fugetaboutit!

And yet, they are the home of the absolute best hamburger that I have ever eaten in my entire life. Their food is simply that good. Kuma's is easily my favorite restaurant in Chicago.

Kuma's is a metal-theme restaurant/bar, and their food is "heavy metal inspired" -- from the Iron Maiden burger to the Neurosis to even the Mac N' Cheese (which is second only to the Brickhouse BBQ in Madison in terms of Mac N' Cheesiness). Each of their uniquely crafted burgers features a host of interesting flavor combinations. Their barbeque sauce is delicious, their ketchup is home made, and their relish should be put on every burger. My personal favorite dish is the Neurosis burger. The portions are huge and every burger is served as it should be -- on a pretzel bun. I can never finish my entire meal in one sitting and always have left overs.

You can also feel incredibly comfortable ordering your meat medium rare at Kuma's and be confident that they will cook it just right. You do not have to worry about getting undercooked meat when you order your food -- that warning is fluff at Kuma's. The restaurant is so popular, the line to get a table is so long, and the food is just so good because so much love and care and attention is cooked into each burger. Each burger is a handcrafted masterpiece. I've even waited an hour in line at Lollapalooza -- where I shell out $90 a day to listen to nine hours of non-stop music -- just to get a burger because they are so tasty. No matter how long the line, no matter how big the hype, I promise that you won't be disappointed (unless you're a vegan).

Oh, and the beer? Kuma's always features solid every day brews like Gumball Head and a few rotating taps. Those rotating taps tend to feature outstanding brews like Surly Darkness, Zombie Dust, Surly Furious, and Greenbush Anger. So even though you'll inevitably have to wait to eat, at least you'll be doing it with a great brew in hand.

Like I said, the restaurant is a bit pricey, but it is WELL worth what you'll spend. The beer prices are run of the mill for Chicago, and the food is sized large enough that you'll have enough for a small meal tomorrow.

Oh, and did I mention they always play super schlocky movies on the TV? Like Godzilla versus some robot thing. Classic.

The secret to enjoying Kuma's without waiting is to either order carry out or go for a SUPER early dinner.

PROST! (2,753 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerhemoth
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of MarkFrankosek
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Best Burgers in chicago! Cool environment and great selection of food and beer. (79 characters)

Photo of Sweffin
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of dawsunn
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

As a dyed-in-the-wool metalhead, this is pretty much the ultimate beer-and-burger joint. (88 characters)

Photo of bolognasuave
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

best damn burger in Chicago. beer selection is pretty solid too. (65 characters)

Photo of Davit
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bshaw22
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here after a Beer Temple trip. Burgers are enormous and they have some cool appetizers. Beer on top is solid, and some good bottles. Not a ton of options, but what they have is good. (193 characters)

Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Barnoloid
4.6/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Kuma's Corner's burgers are as good as it gets. The service is always great, even when the line is out the door. Beer selection always small yet well thought out. Usually a Three Floyds selection available. Stellar, always bring out of town guests here! (253 characters)

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.21/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djgoodwi
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Chris-1911
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of misternebbie
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Irishace9
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is IT. This is a beer drinker's heaven. Walking in is like being teleported to a medieval, heavy metal, evil castle. Weaponry lines the walls, there's skulls, guitars and always really awesome hard rock to death metal music playing. The beer selection here is ridiculously awesome as are the insanely creative, metal band named burgers they offer. The staff is very friendly and is quick to get you seated (there's usually a bit of a long wait, naturally). If you are unsure of what a beer is, or just want to know what's on their rotating handles, just ask, they're more than happy to tell or check it for you. My first experience here was stellar, awesome heavy metal music, a gourmet burger and mac 'n' cheese and a glass of Three Floyd's Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker imperial IPA from the tap. If you're in Chicago, you HAVE to visit Kuma's Corner!!!!! (869 characters)

Photo of feeger22
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of yancot
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of saemick
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Purified
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Studs1991
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Nuggetz
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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Kuma's Corner in Chicago, IL
95 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.