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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.
swoopjones (238) 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 (94) 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.
EHouse (20) Boston, Massachusetts | August 12, 2012
98 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 20/20
3 Floyds on tap and the best burger I ever ate. There will be a wait, you may be there an hour, but if your life is in that much of a hurry than you donít deserve Kumas!
guerinfbfan (4) Elmwood Park, Illinois | June 4, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Finally visited the legendary Kumaís Corner. Stopped by on Sunday evening around 7 pm and the place was rocking. We knew that we were going to be in for a wait, but we were prepared. Hostess told us the wait would likely be an hour and a half, so we went outside to wait. No more than 15 minutes later the hostess came outside and said she had a table for us. Freaking awesome. Tap list was nice, was really psyched to have a FFF Zombie Dust, but the were out, which is totally understandable being it late in the weekend. Food was teriffic. It does take a bit of time giving the kitchen being about as big as the bathroom, but the portions are huge and the food was teriffic. My girlfriend and myself loved this place. We will definietly try to go back!
justinwmaynard (10) Chicago, Illinois | January 28, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Kumas Corner, this is a no-brainer. Food and atmosphere are exceptional. The service is always great as well. I wish they would rotate their craft beers on a more frquent basis, but no worries. This place is awesome.
JoePeesie (68) Long Lake, Illinois | September 1, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
I dig this place, Children is marked on this page, but I wouldnít bring kids here. Itís an eclectic "metal" bar. I gave the service a low rating, but that is only because its a small place with a huge demand. Do not be surprised if your waiting over an hour and often outside for a seat. The wait is worth it, the burgers and Mac and Cheese are out of this world, best in the town IMO and thatís saying something. Great selection of new "hot" brews. If you want a burger this is the place to go. Leave the kids at home not for them...
dinkle50 (59) Chicago, Illinois | August 19, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
I have been here a few times and Iím never disappointed. Burgers are awesome, metal is always rockin and the beer is always cold. Just be prepared to wait, and wait, and then wait some more.
Sean9689 (10) Chicago, Illinois | July 18, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Usually a long wait, but well worth it. Always something good on-tap, for the most part. The burgers are simply outstanding the the service has always been top-notch. A winner in my book!
jrallen34 (271) 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.
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