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Taps: 5 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2900 W Belmont Ave
phone: (773) 604-8769
(Place added by: gwtucker on 12-18-2005)
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| Reviews: 42 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I live right up the road from Kuma's and visit this place religiously. It is a heavy metal bar that has a kick ass beer selection... and oh yeah, they happen to serve the best burgers in the world.
There menu is awesome. The burgers are all named after metal bands, and they are all freakishly good. I eat the Mastadon which is a huge patty with cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, Alpha King battered onion strings (yeah, that's right) on a pretzel bun. It is the greatest burger I have ever had anywhere. They also do a create your own Mac-n-cheese that also is devine.
The beer list is good with all craft beer. They have a lot of Floyds, Lagunitas and Left Hand. Pretty decent bottle selection too.
The bartenders and waitstaff are very cool, however some of the management come across as pretentious. They are just too cool for school, if you get what I'm saying. That said, I would recommend this place to any and everybody.
The only drawback is that the place isn't very big and the dining room can fill up quickly. Usually long waits for tables, however if you go to the bar you can usually get right in. I love it.
10-31-2011 01:00:29 |
More by osusullins
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I have been here at least 30 times and it is by far my favorite place to eat. I have never had better burgers/food in my life. I have tried about 10 burgers about from their and wasn't disappointed with a single one. And considering its heavy metal themed, so all the burgers are names after metal bands and they play metal, thats amazing for me since I'm a huge metalhead. Don't let that sound like bias though, like i am reviewing the place/food good just because they play metal. Not the case, its just a huge plus. Ive recommended this place many people who hate metal and all they talk about is going back ASAP. As far as beers go, they have like 5 or 6 on tap which sometimes change, been the same ones for a little while now though and a large amount of bottled craft beer (never counted but it would take a while to try them all). Ive had to wait for a seat from anywhere between 1 second and 2 hours, just got to know when to get there. 2pm on multiple occasions has seemed to be a no wait time, also very late like 10pm or so will usually get you seated quick. Despite how crowded this place gets I have always had great service and the waitresses have always been able to make good beer recommendations for me.
10-11-2012 18:49:30 |
More by ScreamBloodyGore
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
Amazing burgers! Heavy metal, plenty of ink, great service, and craft brews. They don't even allow the big name beer companies in here. Bring your appetite because all burgers are 10 ounce patties. In addition to the amazing craft beers both bottled and on tap, they have 3 whiskeys on tap. This place is serious. You can't go wrong coming here.
07-01-2013 23:04:53 |
More by BLITZNGRINS
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
This is my go-to place for beer and beef.
The on-tap selection is solid but the bottle list is outstanding.
Waiting for a table usually takes an hour but bar seats open up fairly quickly if you come alone.
The food is prepared with so much love and consistency and the portions will not leave you hungry.
Heavy metal pours out of the grease-laden speakers so conversations are usually drowned out- thankfully.
Watch the kitchen in action. They are amazing.
10-13-2013 17:37:05 |
More by Karl_M
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've been to Kumas Corner twice now. Great metal bar with an awesome selection of brews and the best burgers I've ever tasted! If you're ever in Chicago, this is the place to go. Great atmosphere and great service. Convenient and free parking on the street behind Kumas. I recommend the High On Fire burger!!!
05-09-2013 21:13:49 |
More by Claytonbrewsby
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
To start things off I must say due to the high demand for these burgers this place can get pretty packed and force you to wait for up to 2 hours for a table. If you go there earlier in the day though it is noticeably easier to get a table and way shorter of a wait. The burger menu has something for everyone, boasting some of the most incredible mouth watering burgers I have ever thrown down my gullet. There is definitely a burger for everyone here, whether you like the sizzling hot and spicy, the amazing flavorful chili topped burger, or the fruity bourbon soaked pear goodness of one of the other burgers. The ingredients are some of the most diverse and amazing I have ever heard to be put on any burger and after waiting here for an hour once, I immediately understood that my wait was not for nothing and that These burgers really are a gift from heaven. The burgers will blow your mind and they are all cooked to your ordered perfection. They are massive burgers and you need to pound them down in size to even fit them in your mouth. They are also served with waffle fries and home made kuma ketchup. The atmosphere is different in a good way with heavy metal decor and pictures of pin up girls and bands along the wall. In the summer a back patio is open to enhance the space problem because this place sure is very small. There is heavy metal music playing constantly but it is not too loud or overbearing, and they play slasher movies and other action flicks on the tv. They also have a fantastic craft beer menu featuring many different microbrews and pretty much no mainstream beer.
This place is the best restaurant I have been to so far and the burgers here are phenomenal, if not world class. I have never tasted a creation so fantastic.
02-16-2011 02:09:22 |
More by IchabodcraneIpa
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Best burgers in the world, probably. Great, if not top-notch beer selection too. Really nice waitstaff and bartenders. Has gotten a little too well known for its own good the last few years, but as long as you ignore the posers, you'll have a great time. The only reason this place doesn't get all fives is because it's always crowded. It takes a bit longer than the usual burger joint trip, but if you're like me and enjoy the music, then it's absolutely fantastic.
06-28-2013 01:51:13 |
More by RMelyon
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
As soon as I stepped foot into Kuma's, I felt like I had found my Mecca. After hearing numerous things about them through various friends, both beer bretheren and metalheads alike, I decided that this would be the number one place I NEEDED to visit during my brief stay in Chicago. I arrived a little after 12:30, and was met with the aroma of beef being grilled and the sounds of The Four Horsemen from Metallica. The wait was 45 minutes, but the Gumballhead on tap made that a lot more easy to deal with.
The service has been derided on here quite a bit, but my experience could not have been any better. Our bartender was prompt and well-informed, and our server could not have been nicer. She was fun and easy going and made me and my friend feel welcome.
The decor was awesome! S&M drawings on one wall, limited edition tee shirts on the other, with lithographs and drawings of bears throughout (KUma is Japanese for bear, evidently). I was excited not only because of the theme, but the aromas and sights of what was coming out of the kitchen, as well.
The menu was great, with the aforementioned metal named burgers being the centerpiece. I was torn between the Pantera, Iron Maiden and Slayer. I chose the Slayer and was informed by my server it was a great choice. Boy was she ever right! It ruled. Making the experience even better, Fucking Hostile by Pantera came on literally as my food was placed on my table. If ever there were a song to motivate you to tackle a five pound plate of meat and anger, that song is it! I only got about 3/4 of the monster on my plate eaten and my server was good naturedly ribbing me for it. It paired wonderfully with the Gumballhead to counteract the heat from the peppers and andoiulle sausage. By far one of my culinary highlights of the past year.
The tap list was limited, but stocked with great selections from Three Floyds, Stone, Dogfish and Victory. They also had a bottle list, but I must admit that I didn't really take too much of a look at it. For how small this place is, they do a great job at the selection of beer. They also have a few whiskeys on tap if that is your thing.
Overall, Kuma's is my new number one in terms of places to grab a burger, listen to some harmonic aggression and soak in some scenery. I wish I lived in Chicago just so I could hang out here more often. Love this place!!!
04-16-2010 19:24:58 |
More by Rockatansky
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
This place has gained a LOT of attention over the past few years. Hands down, I have to say these are the BEST, and most UNIQUE, burgers I've ever tasted anywhere (and I travel for a living!). If you've never been to Kumas, regardless of anything else, you have to try the burgers.
Yes, the music is loud. It's a heavy metal bar, what do you expect? The art on the walls, the art on the staff, the music, they all contribute to the GREAT atmosphere here. Lots of people criticize the loud music and 'alternative' staff, but seriously those yups need to realize where they are.
Beer selection is pretty good, I can't say anything bad about it. Service is pretty good, though I'm biased since I know the manager there and get treated well.
Be prepared to wait. LONG. No reservations, not even for people like me with connections. Honestly, the burgers are worth the inevitable 2+ hour wait. Go during a "low" time of day. Friday-Sunday at any time is out of the question. Go on a weekday at like 4 or 5pm if possible. After your first time, tolerating an hour+ wait seems less and less worth it. For first timers though, WAIT!
Not much else to say than what has already been said. GREAT GREAT place, not to miss.
06-09-2011 01:14:26 |
More by Northsider
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
What a cool place!! Very good beer selection tap or bottle. Being a metal head the music was not an issue for me, but be prepared, haha no Lady GaGa...
The place is small and being a warm day was a little uncomfortable being that our bar seats were near the grill, but the beer trumped the heat for a while.
The wait staff looks a little scary, but were cool once they had a minute to talk...very busy back there.
We didn't think to get a burger (DUH), but they looked Phenominal!!
Will definitely be back for the burger and some beers!
07-13-2011 15:35:55 |
More by RayYanks23
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