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Taps: 5 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2900 W Belmont Ave
phone: (773) 604-8769
(Place added by: gwtucker on 12-18-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 42 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I'm going to start this review by saying that this place has THE BEST BURGER I've ever had, and trust me, I've had a lot of burgers in my life.
Before I spend this whole review of how great the burgers are (I had the Metallica), let me tell you about this place. It's about 3 things: Burgers, Beer, & Metal.
While technically not a beer bar (it's more a restaurant that serves great beer), the beer selection is solid w/an emphasis on domestic crafts (Allagash, Bell's, Lagunitas, Two Brothers, Three Floyds, etc). For you brown liquor drinkers they also had Jack Daniels, Woodruff Reserve, Buffalo Trace, & Jack Daniels also on tap.
The service was quite friendly & fast despite the fact that the place was at full capacity.
If you can get past the near ear-bleeding volume of the music and the long wait for a table (hostess told me 90 minutes but luckily a spot opened at the bar), this place is a must for the beer & burger lover.
09-15-2010 05:50:10 |
More by TmoNyc
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I was here last Friday night. It was a nice night so I was able to sit outside which I preferred because I'm not the biggest metal fan. The beer selection was very good - one of the only bars/restaurants with FFF Blackheart available and it was only $3 more than the stores sell it for. Also, I didn't see any macros on the menu so they basically tell you that you'll get craft beer and you'll like it!
I knew going in that they had solid beer but the reason there is an average of an hour wait is for the food and more specifically the burgers. To give an idea of the burger selection I ordered the Pantera which is Roasted Poblano Pepper, Bacon, Chedder and Monterey Jack, House made Ranchero Sauce, Tortilla Strips on a 10 oz patty with a pretzel roll. Amazing. If you're with a few people make sure you split the mac and cheese. They give you at least a pound of pasta and you can pretty much throw whatever you want in it. Incredible.
06-08-2011 17:04:17 |
More by sgoro
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally got around to this place. After hearing rave reviews, I have to join the bandwagon.
A: A "metal-bar" with loud blaring music and crazy gore movies playing on the television above the bar. A long bar with a smoked out and foggy dining room. This place looks like something out of a movie. However, don't feel as if you wont fit in; there are people of all sorts here from businessmen to young adults to actual biker looking dudes. A friendly, yet intense setting.
S: The service here is excellent. The waitress/bus crew/ and bartenders are friendly and quick.
S: A good selection of craft beers both on tap and in bottles. I noticed a lot of local breweries ranging from New Holland to Three Floyds to Great Lakes. They have good seasonal brews and you will surely find something you like or have never tried.
F: The best burger in Chicago, bar none. I had the Led Zeppelin burger which was loaded with bacon, pulled pork, and cheese. Words cannot explain this heart-attack on a plate, you will just have to try it. Otherwise, I noticed they have pasta/mac n cheese, and other things to try.
01-08-2012 02:46:53 |
More by cagocubs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Visited in July 2010 with masterski around lunch time.
Hell yes, this place is awesome, well mostly. I heard about this place from a guy that I ran into at RBSG who was wearing an Iron Maiden shirt that said Kuma's on it. I'll start with the complaints first:
-Music is freaking loud. As a metal head I should never really complain about that but really, why do I need to feel like I'm front row at a Ted Nugent show (in a small venue)?
-Prices. But it's an experience, worth it if you're prepared for the shock of the bill.
-The wait. But that's not entirely their fault, they're just that popular.
-Old Alpha King on tap. May be the distributor's fault, who knows. Live and learn.
Alright, despite the negatives the place is a lot of fun. Lots and lots of burgers to pick from. Every one of which is probably enough for 2 to 3 meals. They are all named after a band, but I couldnt figure out exactly what each burger had to do with the band it was named after.
There are tons of pictures on the wall of the various metal bands, which is kind of neat. The service was surprisingly attentive for a place that was so full.
Would go back for the burgers and for the spectacle. I'd also go back for the t shirts when the next one is released.
12-22-2010 21:53:16 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Known for its amazing burgers and mac and cheese by anyone who has ever watch great burgers show on; Travel channel, food network, cooktv, ect.
All burgers named after metal bands, and unforgetable flavors and combinations. Favortie burger is lair of the minator.
They have a very good beer selection. They have a little bit of everything and are ever changing thir menu. Most definitly support local, craft, and independent brewers.
This is a very well know burger spot for Chicago. You will see everyone from Roller derby girls to men in suits who just got back from O'hare. Do not be suprised if you are waiting an hour for a table on at 9pm on a tuesday night.
PLEASE LOOK AT WEBSITE AND LEARN RULES SO NOT TO APPEAR IGNORANT.
06-13-2011 19:49:37 |
More by elginirishpunk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Kuma's hits just about every mark for me. They serve some of my favorite food ever. I generally like the music. I like the metal folk and a lot of the waitstaff. I talk to the owner and some of the staff at local shows. I go here frequently, so I'll sum up my experiences as a whole rather than just a single visit.
I have to start with the food. This is primarily a burger destination, rather than a beer destination. I've had around half of the burgers, and I've never found any to be less than awesome. All are named after metal bands, and there's a good attempt to theme the burgers accordingly. The Darkthrone and Mayhem are spicier offerings, and the Judas Priest is...effeminate. Pig Destroyer is the BBQ pulled pork, and Hate Beak is the Buffalo chicken sandwich. The food has gained notoriety in local PBS program Check Please, and Playboy magazine. Food starts at $10, but I don't find this to be too high considering how good and filling the meals are.
As a result of such publicity, expect to wait during peak hours. Getting a seat has been easier during the summer months thanks to the outdoor patio. It's not a terribly large place though, and you'll find families and yuppies as well as the heavy metal crowd the place was intended for. If at all possible, head in here no earlier than 8 pm if you want a seat and prompt service. During the later evening it's easier to get seated and served.
The beer list is not massive, but not cluttered with macros and the stable of common Euro imports, either. PBR is the only mass produced beer on the list. Big emphasis on US craft, with a handful of German and Belgian offerings. Seasonal rotation of the main list, with tap offerings changing more frequently. Gets points for having some uncommon offerings like Surly beers and Hop Stoopid. Loses some for a rather low number of taps, and a propensity for them to not work, which happened twice to me in the last two months or so. Prices on beer are high. Aside from PBR at $2.50 (not a steal by any stretch), everything else is $4 and up. There are a few decent offerings at that range, and most of the Great Lakes family at $5, but imports are $6 and up. La Fin Du Monde and Trois Pistoles are pretty good values at that price, but I'd never pay $9 for a 12 oz Tripel Karmeliet or Delirium Tremens. Only a handful of large format beers.
Service is usually very good, but I've seen some flaws. A few of the bartenders are very knowledgeable and willing to talk beer or music with you if things are slow, but others don't always get the glassware right, or don't pour the yeast in from a witbier. Bartenders have offered samples of draft beer many times. During peak hours things are slower and you shouldn't expect anyone to have a word with you beyond what you want to eat or drink.
I dig the atmosphere here more than most beer bars. It's not stuck up or trendy like the Hopleaf, and I even find the Map Room a bit snooty at times. Of course, it helps that Kuma's plays metal music. That's a very broad genre, so they're not always cranking out stuff I like, and it leans heavily towards doom/sludge/stoner stuff. I'd like if they mixed in a bit more thrash and traditional metal, along with a little more of the death and black metal classics. Later at night the music is sometimes way too loud, but it's at a reasonable volume during the day. Expect to see a lot of tattooed metalheads. More of the bearded ones show, rather than long-haired guys. The crowd is pretty male dominated, but there's a pretty decent lesbian turnout as well.
To sum up, this is an outstanding food destination that makes a significant effort to promote craft beer. Beer selection is quite good, and occasionally has something that's hard to get anywhere else. The atmosphere is way outside the norm, and will appeal to some way more than others. Parking is easy, and it's not far from the Blue Line. I don't know of anything else in the neighborhood.
07-28-2008 08:28:04 |
More by ommegoose
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here for my son's birthday. Very cool place with heavy metal theme. New Harley parked outside with KUMA license plate. Our waitress said it was the Big Guy's. Had some awesome mussels for appetizer. Excellent beer selection. Only mass beer was PBR. Had copies of Beer Advocate magazine for patrons to take. Massive burger menu. I had the Led Zeppelin which had BBQ pulled pork on it. Very small kitchen where you can watch production. Building is a 100 year old Chicago corner pub probably built by a brewer like Schlitz. I'm definitely going back. Very nice and fun service. I have always wanted to own a place like this. My son's girlfriend went with, who is a vegeterian, and the massive smell of burgers didn't sit too well. Great tatoo display by employees and patrons.
07-13-2008 20:33:51 |
More by mayor55
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
The best burg i have ever had in my entire life! If you like burgers than this is your spot, kumas has the craziest ideas for a burger too! I reccomend the led zep or basically any burger of the month, everyone ive had has always been amazing. The wait always sucks (like 1 to 2 hrs) unless you go early or late during the week. They also dont play any games so go during a big sports game and u might grab a seat right away. Pretty good beer selections when they arnt out. Good service, pretty quick too once you get a seat.
08-18-2011 02:55:44 |
More by Davidpgibbons
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Awesome place but get there early. All Heavy Metal but who really cares as this place is awesome. Beer selection has at least 3 Floyds on draft and the bottle selection is also out of this world. Burgers, Burgers, and more burgers and they all sound an amazing. Also the mac and Cheese comes highly rated
05-14-2013 21:16:18 |
More by phillybeerfreak
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
What more can be said about this incredible burger joint? Well, not much, but I'll die trying anyway!
As many other reviewers have said, this place has some of the finest burgers to ever grace this earth. I've been twice in my time here (had the Motorhead & Iron Maiden...heaven) as well as a few of their brews from the tap (Lagunitas and others).
The heavy metal here is brutal, skull-crushing, and over the top...and I wouldn't have asked it to be a better setting. Atmosphere owns here, hands down...and they play some great metal.
Service is top notch. The people that work here must know how stressful it is to fill seats in such a tiny restaurant where on any given night, the place is gushing out the door with humans. Either way, the staff keeps their cool and they're great in suggesting burgers and/or brews, albeit with some great snarky sarcasm and a bona fide joking nature.
The only two cons? It can be a bit pricey and the wait sucks, but either way...you'll be able to overcome both.
If you're in Chicago (visiting or living), just ask for Belmont & Francisco. Just go there already, it's worth the wait. Really.
09-24-2010 23:53:42 |
More by Getinthevan
Kuma's Corner in Chicago, IL
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