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Taps: 5 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2900 W Belmont Ave
phone: (773) 604-8769
(Place added by: gwtucker on 12-18-2005)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
2013: Beer Temple is right down the street now, it would be a shame if you visit Kuma's without a stop there for all your carry-out beer needs. Had the Nails burger for lunch (and dinner) and it was pretty damn tasty (though overpriced at $17 (price unlisted), plus an extra $3 for a salad instead of fries = a $20 burger... seriously?). Arrive early and sit at the bar, shouldn't have any problems. Beer selection has improved from years past, had a Great Lakes Silver & Gold, and a New Belgium Shift lager. Upping scores across the board, as off-peak time experiences have been pretty good recently.
Kuma's deserves it's reputation from both beer geeks and foodies alike. Very creative burgers that aren't your typical pub grub fare at all. There's a burger for every taste, hot & spicy, savory, Greek-style, veggie, you name it. I was impressed with the YOB burger on my most recent visit. A great combination unlike any other i've tried. Roasted red pepper, Smoked Gouda, with smoked garlic mayo...excellent!
But this ain't burgeradvocate.com... :|
Kuma's has six taps, which seem to usually remain the same, with the occasional odd seasonal. I had a Cane & Ebel which went very well with the meal. Five GLBC selections, a couple Ska, three Lagunitas options, and a few random west coast bottles. Saison Dupont (750), Delerium Tremens, Prima Pils, and a Barleywine as well. Relatively small, but well rounded selection. Service was timely and friendly at the bar. Early in the evening it was fairly deserted, but 1/3 full by 6pm. Kuma's menu has been written up alot, so expect to wait awhile during primetime for table service. It's been a restaurant destination for some time now, which is how the media and public perceive it, not exactly a "beer bar" in a true sense. You come here for the burgers, and the beer is a distant second, almost an afterthought.
I'll splurge for a burger here now and then, the menu is slightly pricey. Beers are certainly priced right, it would be hard to stop here for "just a beer" though. Take all the rave reviews with a grain of salt, sure they have great burgers (so does Bad Apple, Owen & Engine, etc.), but ultimately Kuma's beer list is nothing special in the context of Chicago's vibrant beer scene.
10-11-2007 23:55:04 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
stopped in Kuma's Corner (finally) this past saturday, really by freak chance
For 24 hours straight i could think of nothing but duck sausage covered in foie gras and duck fat fries. This, of course, was because we were intending to hit Hot Dougs on Saturday morning. We arrived at Doug's around 10:30 and there was no line (mathematically impossible). It seems that the recent flooding had taken over the kitchen and we had to improvise. We diverted to the nearby Kuma's Corner and got in line right around 11:00 and waited for the doors to open at 11:30.
Kuma's has been featured on Diners Dive-ins and Drives, and possibly other food-oriented shows. The atmosphere is great - blaring heavy metal, sexy waitresses with full-body tattoos and dark wood. After the kitchen had been open for only a few minutes, the smoke and heat had overcome the place.
This is a beer website and this place has good beer, kind of. The taps were simple - alpha king, gumballhead, allagash white, victory tripel. There was a light selection of bottle, but nothing too crazy. This certainly isnt a beer destination but is in uquestionably a food destination.
We started off with a massive bowl of mac and cheese to split 4 ways with andouille, red peppers and onions. Absolutely fantastic. The burgers are massive, and served on a pretzel bun. They all carry metal-related names with innovative toppings - i think i had the baroness (chimichurri, salsa, green beans, asiago cheese. Again - ridiculously good.
Service was great - go for the food, and grab a 3F tap while you wait, if you can fit it in.
07-26-2010 14:42:03 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This was an interesting place to say the least. Very dark with the overall feel of a run down biker bar (I think that is their goal). Showed up later in the evening on a hot night and could barely stand sitting inside due to the lack of A/C, despite the giant industrial fan that they had. I actually had to leave and sit outside for a few minutes while my friends ate their burgers.
The beer selection was very good, with rotating taps from FFF and Half Acre among the taps.
I didn't eat, but the burgers looked fantastic. As long as it isn't a hot night, I will give this place a another try next time I am in Chicago.
07-22-2013 13:20:15 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Arrived here 20 minutes before it opened and we were still about 30th in line. Luckily they let us before open and we grabbed a spot at the bar. Inside is typical bar decor, a small seating section and kitchen, but a nice long bar with plenty of seating. Heavy metal blares in the background and they are not about to turn on the tv, not even for the Bears playoff game vs. Seattle. I like the look and feel. All the servers and bartenders seem to fit with this place. Clientele also fits, definitely a local hipster crowd. The beer selection is decent, not overly exciting. They had about 8 taps, then probably 30 bottles. On draft they did have Gumballhead and Alpha King, but the rest of the stuff was mid tier easy to find craft (DFH, Lagunitas, etc). The main attraction of this place is its food. About 15 sandwich topping combinations that you can have with a burger, chicken breast or chicken tenders. The combo's are awesome, unique, mouth watering, and it reminds me of Jerry's Sandwiches, but for burgers. The tenders are only so-so, so get a burger or chicken breast. Waffle fries are awesome.
If I loved burgers and heavy metal this would probably be my favorite place to eat in the whole world. Beer is more of an afterthought here, while certainly a good selection for a restaurant, not a place I would come to just get a drink. Come here early and get a great meal, I will certainly be coming back.
01-16-2011 18:57:01 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
I visited Kumas for lunch on my way out of Chicago after a quick business trip, and I was pleasantly surprised. I would describe Kumas as a heavy metal burger bar. All of those words fit in the description: there is definitely a heavy metal theme evident in the décor, music, and staff; they seem to specialize in burgers; and they have a nice beer selection. I had a Ska Brewing True Blonde Ale and a Julius Echter Hefe (expertly poured into an appropriate glass by the bartender). They also had Racer 5 on tap and Schneider Weisse and Great Lakes products in bottles. All taps were craft beers and all bottles were crafts/imports (they may have had Pabst). I had the Kuma burger (any entrée with the establishments name on it is what I order), which was a giant bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg on it. It was decent, but the pretzel roll it was on smelled of maple syrup which turned me off (I had a touch of the flu, which may have played into this). Also, my fries were good, but a bit cold. I asked for some mayo for my burger and fries, to find out they had 4-5 varieties of mayonnaise (chipotle, horseradish, etc), which is a turn-on for me. The neighborhood is not a trendy one, but wasnt scary either. The place is literally 2 minutes from I94, so was very much on my way home. My experience with the food wasnt great, yet Id still recommend the place.
09-19-2007 19:58:06 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Visited in July 2010 with masterski around lunch time.
Hell yes, this place is awesome, well mostly. I heard about this place from a guy that I ran into at RBSG who was wearing an Iron Maiden shirt that said Kuma's on it. I'll start with the complaints first:
-Music is freaking loud. As a metal head I should never really complain about that but really, why do I need to feel like I'm front row at a Ted Nugent show (in a small venue)?
-Prices. But it's an experience, worth it if you're prepared for the shock of the bill.
-The wait. But that's not entirely their fault, they're just that popular.
-Old Alpha King on tap. May be the distributor's fault, who knows. Live and learn.
Alright, despite the negatives the place is a lot of fun. Lots and lots of burgers to pick from. Every one of which is probably enough for 2 to 3 meals. They are all named after a band, but I couldnt figure out exactly what each burger had to do with the band it was named after.
There are tons of pictures on the wall of the various metal bands, which is kind of neat. The service was surprisingly attentive for a place that was so full.
Would go back for the burgers and for the spectacle. I'd also go back for the t shirts when the next one is released.
12-22-2010 21:53:16 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
There are beer bars and there are restaurants that have good beer menus. This is the latter.
Of note, Kuma's is smaller than one would expect. It really is just a large room with some tables and a bar. The place looks run down and grungy, but it goes with the feel of the place. If it were too clean, it wouldn't work. There is some dominatrix themed art work on the walls. And, yes, there is metal blaring loudly and incessantly. But it was to be expected.
Kuma's is known for their burgers. If you like burgers with a lot of weird shit mounded on top of them, then this place is for you. And while I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to a burger, I must say, their whacked-out burger creations work quite well. There are some other offerings on the menu, but its all ancillary to the burgers.
Service ran the spectrum. Some take the heavy metal atmosphere to mean they're allowed to be surly assholes to you while others are nothing more than inked up sweetpeas.
Overall, the multitude of crazy burgers and the atmosphere are the real draw here. Sure they have some quality craft breweries (3F, Dark Horse, Smuttynose) being offered, but for the most part, the beers are the standard offerings from those breweries. Is it nice they have them on offer? Sure, though I couldn't ever see going to Kuma's to just have a beer. In the end, while Kuma's is worth a visit, it is far from a beer destination.
01-25-2011 01:58:47 |
More by Florida9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
went at what i thought was an off time (3ish on a friday), and it was still crazy busy. managed to snag a couple barstools for the approximate 1 hour wait for a table. very small place and heavy metal themed. people waiting outside for tables. metal music blares constantly with a decibal level of a club at 2am. very, very loud. decor is dark and appropriate to the theme. tap list on a large chalkboard and also a separate beer list. half dozen or so taps, and a decent if not large bottle selection. no crap beer available excpet PBR for the hipsters. 3Fs and other good stuff available on tap. there were out of some of the listed bottle selections, so i don't know how up to date the beer list is. food is as good as advertised, great burgers with eclectic toppings available. my only complaint about the food was one of my burger ingredients was listed as wild mushrooms but unless i'm crazy they used standard white button mushrooms. big ass (10 oz) burger cooked medium rare as recommended by the stewardess. good, fresh beef is used on a killer pretzel roll bun. proper glassware is used, some of it branded. too bad they don't have imperial/nonic pints as opposed to the shaker pints they use for most beers though. service is very business-like and not too friendly-they want you in and out of there asap so they can turn over the tables. lots of rules regarding the tables in regard to this. don't go with too many people and make sure to avoid the busier times.
05-03-2010 16:30:09 |
More by MrMcGibblets
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped in at about midnight on a Saturday night. Most tables were full - we sat at the bar where there were several stools open. Beer approximately six taps - all good quality - at least one cider. The bartender ignored us for several minutes as he conversed with some people next to us. That was a bit odd - he didn't even say he would be right with us. Later, after they left, he ended up conversing with us as he ignired others who had come in. Not the best service.
Very loud heavy metal playing on their system. The decor is interesting - nice fixtures, open kitchen, some prints of women in leather. Mens room was fairly clean for midnight on Saturday!
We ordered a Great Lakes Elliot Ness and a Surley Furious. I was excited to see the Surley on tap - never seen this in Chicago and only have had cans. It showed up and I knew it was Bender (Brown ale) not Furious. While disappointed I couldn't try Furious on tap, the Bender was excellent. The Ness was also of great quality. I late had a Can and Ebel (Two Bros) and it was also good.
The food menu is dominated by a wide array of burgers - listed as best in the city. We split a Kuma burger which had bacon, cheese and an sunny side up egg. Great quality beef - big burger. Fantastic fresh cut fries. All this for $10 - a good quality/price ratio.
Good beers, good food, spotty service. As mentioned - close to the highway.
03-23-2008 16:28:50 |
More by sweethome
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 |
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