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KickInChalice (20) Chicago, Illinois | February 17, 2012
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Kumaís is a unique beast, at least from the craft beer perspective.
They are known for their burgers, and for good reason. They are by far the best burgers I have ever had. Ever. But, due to space limitations and a huge demand, there is always a wait here. So this is not the type of place you just wander over to expecting to have a beer. Unless you want to have a beer while cramped in the corner waiting for over an hour until you get a table.
The atmosphere is, well, different. It is heavy metal themed, with blaring metal of the upmost intensity. I am a hard rock / metal fan, but I still need to be in the right mood to head here. The crowd is varied; there are not a ton of people coming in wearing suits, but there are people from every other walk of llife coming in. I have even been here as a vegetarian gave up on the vegetarian lifestyle after 5 years and devoured a 10 oz. burger.
The beer list is solid, and they change it up. Their philosophy is to try to have local beer available, but they will also have a few select choices from around the country as well. Normally they have about five choices on tap and thirty in bottles, and there is always something worth drinking. I tend to go for something in my "moderate" ABV range like Alpha King and let the burgers be the focus.
charule (102) Chicago, Illinois | August 30, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
MMM burgers. Great food, Good brews on tap and bottles at decent prices. Good chi stop.
andyhwcinc (26) Chicago, Illinois | April 30, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
JStax (168) 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.
fluffheady (100) Chicago, Illinois | January 21, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
rickhall28 (294) 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.
emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | October 15, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
JCB (232) 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.
t0rin0 (1442) 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.
swoopjones (310) 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
ads135 (172) Lawrence, Kansas | August 29, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Honestly the best burger Iíve ever had. If I lived in Chicago I would eat here once a week. The beer selection is good, though limited. What they have is exceptional, though, focusing on Chicago area beers including Three Floyds. Be prepared to wait in line.
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