Kuma’s Too
No Longer In Business

666 W Diversey Pkwy
Chicago, Illinois United States 60657
restaurant  4.15/5.0 10 reviews
Mon-Wed 11:15 AM-11:45 PM, Thu-Sat 11:15 AM-12:45 AM, Sun: 11:45 AM-11:45 PM

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JorgeLee  (324) , England | May 14, 2017
Pretty awesome burger format. The building itself is a bland box and not super atmospheric, but the burgers are huge and very tasty (maybe the bun a bit hard work?) and they had a solid selection of beer to go with it, with maybe 14 or so on tap of which 8 were rotating. Quite pale ale/ IPA heavy on the tap list. Staff friendly, music for me could have been louder even.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ads135  (378) Omaha, Nebraska | May 6, 2017
Missed the dingy claustrophobia of the original location, but the food is still fantastic and they keep a nice selection of beers on tap. Visited with Josh, Dave, Brian and Brandon in 2017 after ASEH.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (917) Denver, Colorado | March 3, 2016
I was curious how a second location would stack up to the original. Pretty faithfully, as it turns out. The building itself is much newer and plain, but they’ve done everything right to make it feel like Kuma’s. My visits to the original Kuma’s have always involved a wait due to the high volume of patrons. Here, we walked right to the half-full bar and received prompt service. Awesome metal music was playing on the stereo, spanning everything from stoner to thrash to old-school grind. Some cool art and skateboard decks adorn the wall. The beer list is thoughtfully curated with plenty of local/regional stuff. A few more metal thematically titled beers were represented from the likes of HammerHeart and Local Option. The bartender was nothing short of great. And the burgers. oh man, the burgers. I thought I had overhyped how good the burgers are here in the past few years without eating one. I was wrong. These are in the conversation for the best burgers on the planet. I had the plague bringer on this visit.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
conway  (110) , | September 10, 2015
Similar to the original but cleaner, quieter and less crowded. Come here if you just want to get in and out quickly and don’t care about experiencing the vibe of the original.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
ARH  (99) Chicago, Illinois | September 18, 2014
A bit cleaner and more up-to-date than the original Kuma’s Corner, but still plays metal music over the speaker system, but not so loud that you have to compete with it to hold a conversation. Depending on what you’re looking for, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. This place is a bit bigger, and the wait for tables doesn’t seem nearly as long, plus they have a full sized kitchen which, one could argue, leads to better quality food (which is still fantastic regardless of which location). The bartenders I was chatting with before my guests arrived were super nerdy about beers, which was awesome (and kinda hot as they were both ladies).
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
chibuck  (643) Chicago, Illinois | September 2, 2014
This looks like a newer version that’s trying to cater to a slightly wider net of crowd as its not as metal, but more polished. Same loud music and menu. The draft list was strong but I was annoyed they just updated on beermenus they had zombie dust but upon arrival they didn’t. It couldn’t have blown that fast. They messed up my order which is totally Kuma’s. A much bigger space and quicker service would have me re-visit here and not the original when in the mood for a huge sandwich.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
emerge077  (144) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 12, 2014
01-19-2014 Was in the area so I stopped in for a burger and a few beers. It’s an upgrade from the original Kumas space-wise, but it was still packed with people waiting out the door early on a Saturday evening. It’s a little more minimal and industrial decor inside, with a cool black and white mural and a display of metal records high on a shelf. Kung-fu and Apocalypto played on a flatscreen high in the corner... In Apocalypto there’s a testicle eating scene that came on while I was ravaging a burger, won’t soon forget that. Draft selection was good, 3 from FFF, Maine MO, 2 Solemn Oath, Greenbush, and a few others were the highlights. About 25-30 beers in bottles, including Off Color Troublesome, which was the perfect foil to a massive slab of ground beef on a bun. Service was timely at the bar, tender was able to keep up as it became crowded. I’d return here on a weeknight to avoid the crowd, it’s a welcome addition to this busy section of Lakeview, and not far from a few area hotels.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JCB  (300) Durham, North Carolina | February 5, 2014
As a card-carrying hesher, I’d grown embarrassed never to have been to Kuma’s. So on a recent trip to Chicago I made it a point to rectify that situation. The newer branch was more convenient, and I’m certainly glad I stopped in. Clean and elegant here, granite and chrome. Great tunes playing, and the burger was really excellent, if not transcendent (I had the Lair of the Minotaur: click). Not the vastest selection of brews, but great offerings from Three Floyds, Revolution, Solemn Oath, Two Brothers, and other regionals/locals primarily. Fabulous service, had a great time all around.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
kevinsenn  (129) Waterloo, Ontario | December 17, 2013
Nice place. Sat at the bar, and the bartender was very friendly. Tap selection wasn’t mind-boggling, but it was large enough and high-quality enough (3F Zombie Dust, for example). Delicious food. I’d definitely come back here.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 12, 2013| Updated August 13, 2013
Visited August 12, 2013. Naturally this place is at 666 (Diversey) and has a 666 in the phone number.

I just heard yesterday that there is a second Kuma’s location and I was surprised that it hadn’t been added. It was very accurately described to me by a friend that said that Kuma’s Too was like the San Diego edition of Toronado compared to the original. After visiting I can confirm that it’s cleaner, quieter, more family friendly, and slightly less interesting than the original. I wish I had a picture of the 8 year old kid sitting underneath the Goatwhore poster. The music was quieter too, which is probably a good thing.

The burger lineup seems to be about the same as the other location as does the tap list (half of which were Three Floyds beers and the other half are other Illinois brewers) and the slow service. I ordered my Plague Bringer burger medium rare as I always do knowing that 90+% of places will make it medium well or worse but these guys (like the original) will actually cook it medium rare. Prices are high but you get a lot of food. My pint of Greenbush Black IPA and my burger were $20 subtotal.

This place is a few blocks from Delilah’s and Atlas brewing and I think a few other rateable places (there’s a liquor store across the street called Milk and More) I would check this place out again.

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