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.
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 i’m more than happy to wait for seats at the bar to hang with some of the coolest people i’ve 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. it’s the highlight of my week, every week.
Finally visited the legendary Kuma’s 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!
Kuma’s 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.
The only restaurant I’ve ever found that plays heavy metal! The burgers were phenomenal (I recommend the "Judas Priest" burger) and the staff was super. Beer selection was not huge but very good.
satan165 (102) River Grove, Illinois | October 12, 2008| Updated December 13, 2008
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
Great burgers...fine selection of local Chicago beers...great decor and vibe...that’s 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 you’d like. Given the wait to get in...I’m not going to say they rush you out...just that you really don’t feel like this is the place to take your time and be leisurely.
I’ll 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. (Don’t 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 haven’t 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 it’s not busy so you can enjoy it. You ratebeerians probably know better, though.