Heather and I hit this local burger legend while she was in town to see me Memorial Day weekend. It was muggy and 87į so the patio was full, but it was early enough on a Thursday that there was plenty of seating available in the dining room. She had a Zombie Dust, I had the Apex Predator. Heard at least three Misfits songs, Black Flag, and plenty of Slayer.... which influenced my final decision to get the Slayer Burger -- I mean how do you not go for a four-alarm garbage burger covered with chili, andouile, pepper jack, and two kinds of hot peppers... served bun-less on a bed of fries! Awesomeness. Solid beer list even if what they offer is a bit pricey. Heather had the Lair of the Minotaur to go with the Zombie Dust -- 3Fís wouldíve been proud. Best background music to eat large chunks of ground beef to in the Meat Capital of the Midwest.
Dingy, crowded and noisy but in a good way. Loud metal music playing all the time, generally a long wait for a table. Burgers are some of my favorite in the world. Beer selection is solid. One of my favorites.
Kumas is the best burger place you will ever go to, hands down. However, their beer menu is rather expensive when considering other burger places in the area, although they do have some good relationships with local breweries such as Three Floydís, hence there may be beers on tap that you canít get at other establishments. But seriously, this is the best burger place you will ever go to, it is worth going to if you go to Chicago.
Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon for a late lunch. We had an hour and a half wait and we got there at 2 PM, which I figured would be a weird enough time that we wouldnít have to wait very long. Not true. There was a line when we got there and there was just as long of a line when we left. Maybe even longer. We parked a couple streets over in some residential type area. No meters. The music is pretty loud heavy metal, so be prepared. I didnít mind it, but the wife was not a fan of that. For as long as it took to get in, it sure didnít take very long to have our food in front of us. I think we were in the restaurant for a total of 30 to 40 minutes. They have several taps of beer and 4 taps of whiskey, which was pretty cool. The beer was craft only with several of them Chicago breweries. The waitress we had was pretty cool. Even though you arenít supposed to be able to build your own burger, she helped my wife (who is one of the pickiest eaters on earth) put together a burger she would eat and didnít end up charging the $2 per topping she said it would cost to do so. Once we had our burgers, I thought both of ours looked awesome. The fries were the best part of my meal. I wasnít a huge fan of my burger, which was my fault. Mine had a lime cholula hot sauce on it, and it just didnít end up being as good as I thought it would be. I think if I were a local, I would come here for a beer or two, but probably not to eat. Honestly, the burgers I make at home blow the one I had out of the water. Pricing is about in line with what I would expect. Two burger meals and waters were around $30.
Iíll admit - I avoided Kumas for a long time. I hate lines. I had also heard bad things from others, and for some reason I listened to it instead of listening to my gut. After all - my boyfriend and I have a track record of taming some of the surliest bartenders (cough ** Toronado). Anyhow. Our friends were in town and had heard a lot about Kumas. We went expecting to wait a long time, but, realistically, the wait was about a 45 minutes on a Saturday afternoon and we got drinks from the bar during the wait. The draft list is small but well thought out. The bottle list is great. The burgers are incredible. The service is stupendous. Absolutely nice people. (Donít believe the music and - not kidding - the Shining playing on the TV). Lovely people (ha, they probably cringed at that word). Great bar. If you havenít been here, GO. But go on a weekday afternoon. The negatives of this place are summed up in our experience with a man who ran up to the hostess after our party of 6 was sat. He was insisting that he and his 5 year old son were there before us. Whether he was right or wrong, we were sat at a 6 top, and he only had a party of 2. F*** that guy for not only yelling at a really nice hostess but also yelling at other customers. However, when a place is this famous, crap like this happens. Go when itís not busy so you can enjoy it. You ratebeerians probably know better, though.
Great burgers...fine selection of local Chicago beers...great decor and vibe...thatís the pluses. The negatives...can easily & often be a long wait...with likely no place to really wait...and the music may or may not be too loud for you even if a metal fan in the small place while probably eating faster than youíd like. Given the wait to get in...Iím not going to say they rush you out...just that you really donít feel like this is the place to take your time and be leisurely.
Pros and cons: Itís not a place where you leisurely spend an evening having a few beers and a burger. The burgers are great, but youíll wait 2 hours here if you go most nights. Weekday lunch is great if you have the option. Beer selection has improved with some seasonals recently, but itís still a bit of a tourist trap. Check out Beer Temple and Revolution Brewery nearby if you make the trip.
Went to Kumaís Too on Diversey. Slightly more spacious and bourgeois than expected, but I was happy to get a seat at the bar so easily. Obviously the burgers are what you go for, and they donít disappoint (even if theyíre not especially transcendent, nor do they seem to capture their band inspirations for the most part, but whatever). The place still more than merits inclusion on RB, since they have an extensive bottle list and a well assembled array of (mostly local) taps. Fun place.