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.
Pros and cons: It’s not a place where you leisurely spend an evening having a few beers and a burger. The burgers are great, but you’ll 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 it’s still a bit of a tourist trap. Check out Beer Temple and Revolution Brewery nearby if you make the trip.
Went to Kuma’s 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 don’t disappoint (even if they’re 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.
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 Kuma’s on it. I’ll 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 I’m front row at a Ted Nugent show (in a small venue)?
-Prices. But it’s an experience, worth it if you’re prepared for the shock of the bill.
-The wait. But that’s not entirely their fault, they’re just that popular.
-Old Alpha King on tap. May be the distributor’s 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. I’d also go back for the t shirts when the next one is released.
Honestly the best burger I’ve 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.
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.
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.
I dig this place, Children is marked on this page, but I wouldn’t bring kids here. It’s 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 that’s 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...