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t0rin0 (1503) 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.
3fourths (1444) Boulder, Colorado | January 6, 2010| Updated November 25, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
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.
NachlamSie (638) 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 (478) 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.
PRBeer (332) Parsippany, 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.
swoopjones (312) 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
SrSilliGose (252) 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.
JCB (246) 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.
mikem409 (246) bloomfield, Michigan | January 1, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Small burger joint with amazing food best burger in the city. Was very busy but had a solid tap selection
JStax (236) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | April 28, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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