United States > Illinois > Chicago
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | January 6, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
insane famous burgers + alpha king and surly darkness on tap + loads of regional/local bottled micros (dark horse stouts) make this an amazingly place to eat and drink. blaring heavy metal and a super crowded scene. love it. check out the burger pics on their website or on flickr.
t0rin0 (1130) Do Not Resuscitate, California | July 1, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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 (noblesquirrel) who was wearing an Iron Maiden shirt that said Kumaís on it. Iíll 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 Iím front row at a Ted Nugent show (in a small venue)?
-Prices. But itís an experience, worth it if youíre prepared for the shock of the bill.
-The wait. But thatís not entirely their fault, theyíre just that popular.
-Old Alpha King on tap. May be the distributorís 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. Iíd also go back for the t shirts when the next one is released.
NachlamSie (547) Denver, Colorado | March 7, 2008
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Holy crap this place is the most metal of restaurants. I absolutely loved it. The burgers are mind-blowing and named after metal bands to boot. I had the Dark Throne, with chipotles and goat cheese (excellent inside metal joke) which is perhaps the best burger Iíve ever put in my mouth. The music is killer and the ambiance would make Corpsegrinder proud. I actually only went here because my friend insisted it was the greatest burger joint ever, so when I actually looked at the taps my head spun around. Surly Furious on tap was the highlight of my morning there, though the Bear Republic, Great Lakes, and Two Brothers brews looked pretty good too. I was there at noon on a Wednesday and got the last table. Evidently this place gets full very often. I worship Kumaís Corner. I canít recommend this as a must stop in Chicago for the beer enthusiast, but for burger-loving metalheads, this is Valhalla.
jrallen34 (349) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
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 comboís are awesome, unique, mouth watering, and it reminds me of Jerryís 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.
swoopjones (293) Buffalo, New York | June 4, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
very cool palce, divish, loud death metal (not my thingbut itfit here). awesome burgers, FFF on draft, awesome
SrSilligoose (248) pouring bus, New Brunswick | December 22, 2009
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Great burgers. I always have a very difficult time deciding what to get. Iíve always had a great time here. Nice outdoor patio. Music is a nice change of pace. If you want a burger, go here.
rickhall28 (213) Denville, New Jersey | December 9, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | March 30, 2008
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This the place where Iím considered a regular. They lose a point for ambiance, only for the d-bags that come in and ask for myriad pale lagers or blueberry martinis. This place is brutal and dark, but awesome. The burgers are the real deal, be it the Yob, the Kuma, the Slayer, the plague bringer, thereís something for everyone. I appreciate the neighborhood (and kumaís is around the corner from hot dougís, for a bar food nirvana), glad itís here and not 8 blocks east. This place is always crowded, but we always find a way to get seated. Big Black has gone so far as to ask a patron to take their jacket off of an unused chair and moved it over by our group. Bonus points for being one of the few places in the city for Surly. Double bonus for only carrying PBR as the only pale lager. Triple bonus for playing excellent metal movies, i.e. apocalypse now, samurai films, etc. Know that.
JCB (203) Durham, North Carolina | July 22, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kseecs16 (201) Naperville, Illinois | September 29, 2008
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Finally made it here. Burgerís are definitely the speciatly here with fresh hand made patties cooked perfectly. Maybe the best burgers, with a lot of options to choose from, in Chicago and the price is not outrageous. Sat at the bar and the service was attentive if not a little offputting. They were out of both Surlyís listed on their tap list, but did have alternatives. Beer selection is decent, not amazing focusing on American micros. Itís a love it or hate it ambience with the crowded room and metal music playing but I felt comfortable.
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