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megrut (15) Chicago, Illinois | October 7, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Kumaís is a gourmet burger, biker bar that has a nice selection of craft beers. Staff is very helpful and knows their beer. Burgers are the best you will find in the city. Taps change more quickly than the menu, so make sure to ask whatís available. Also, itís very loud inside, so if youíre w/ your parents or children, opt to sit outside.
satan165 (101) River Grove, Illinois | October 12, 2008| Updated December 13, 2008
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
saturday night, 8pm. VERY busy. people were waiting just to sit at the bar and a longer line waiting for tables. the bar is quite long and probably seats 25-30. there are about 10-12 4-top tables. about 15 beers on tap minimum and many more in bottles. despite the wild rush, the servers were very friendly and always gave a smile. the place was not nearly as edgys as its often made out to be. the metal music much mentioned (MMMM) was quieted beneath the loud ambient noise of the customers and unintelligible. speaking of customers, the clientele is largely hipsters and other folks that care not for beer and certainly not for metal. i saw many people ordering PBRs and mixed drinks, dont ask me. at any rate, i waited about 30 minutes probably for my burger, the kitchen was so backed up. served with waffle fries (very fresh, and actually visually seasoned!) my burger (the judas priest) was awesome. i asked for it rare and got it as such...often this is impos
kseecs16 (200) 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.
laguerita (8) Chicago, Illinois | June 15, 2008
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
this is one of my favorite places in the world. all of the food is good. i mean really good. it can be insanely crowded during the dinner rush- but iím more than happy to wait for seats at the bar to hang with some of the coolest people iíve ever met that happen to be their bartenders. the beer selection is good for my tastes and did i mention the food? the people that own this place are seriously dedicated to good food good beer and their community. itís the highlight of my week, every week.
hombrepalo (101) Chicago, Illinois | April 2, 2008
56 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
LOUD! Not my kind of place but had an interesting menue of great burgers. The beer was a bit above average. Service that day sucked (she forgot my beer)! Different but not my style. Rock on!
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.
NachlamSie (526) 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.
Cornfield (143) Oak Forest, Illinois | January 17, 2008
52 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
This place was jam packed on a Tuesday night !?!?. I found out from the guy at the door that they were featured on a local channelís restaurant review program, so the week night crowd should vanish within a couple of weeks. Small place and difficult to get around in, but that will change. I hope the rudeness of the staff will, too. Their menu has foods that my restrictive diet wonít allow, so I wonít be eating here. Still, they have a fine beer listy both on tap and in the bottle, so I just may be back.
BeerBelcher (134) Columbus, Ohio | September 19, 2007
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
I visited Kumaís for lunch on my way out of Chicago after a quick business trip, and I was pleasantly surprised. I would describe Kumaís as a ďheavy metal burger bar.Ē All of those words fit in the description: there is definitely a heavy metal theme evident in the dťcor, music, and staff; they seem to specialize in burgers; and they have a nice beer selection. I had a Ska Brewing True Blonde Ale and a Julius Echter Hefe (expertly poured into an appropriate glass by the bartender). They also had Racer 5 on tap and Schneider Weisse and Great Lakes products in bottles. All taps were craft beers and all bottles were crafts/imports (they may have had Pabst). I had the ďKuma burgerĒ (any entrťe with the establishmentís name on it is what I order), which was a giant bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg on it. It was decent, but the pretzel roll it was on smelled of maple syrup which turned me off (I had a touch of the flu, which may have played into this). Also, my fries were good, but a bit cold. I asked for some mayo for my burger and fries, to find out they had 4-5 varieties of mayonnaise (chipotle, horseradish, etc), which is a turn-on for me. The neighborhood is not a trendy one, but wasnít scary either. The place is literally 2 minutes from I94, so was very much on my way home. My experience with the food wasnít great, yet Iíd still recommend the place.
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