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Kuma's Corner

Burger Joint and Pub$$$$
Northwest Side, Chicago
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  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithDecember 4, 2012
    Not only did they name a burger after the greatest band of all-time, its toppings are exactly what I love on a burger (pulled pork, bacon, cheddar, pickles). Order a Led Zeppelin and a grape soda.
  • Jake B.
    Jake BockAugust 29, 2015
    It's legendary, and for good reason. You can't go wrong with any burger, and don't miss out on the Mac & Cheese. Check the tap list for killer craft beer from 3 Floyds, Revolution & others.
  • Joe F.
    Joe FaridJuly 22, 2014
    Metallica with chicken! The Plague Bringer, Lair of the Minotaur! Slayer (be sure to bring your Tums)! Wash it down with rotating Three Floyd's on tap! #kumascorner #nowafflefries #chicago
  • Taryn G.
    Taryn GoodgeDecember 10, 2014
    Be prepared for a wait! In the winter, due to a small kitchen and inability to leave the front door open, it does get quite smokey. Get the Kuma's burger and the Jalepeno Poppers.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FAugust 23, 2015
    "The Slayer Burger is a 10oz. patty on a bed of fries, chili, cherry peppers, caramelized onion, andouille sausage, shredded monterrey jack, green onion, and ANGER!" Also, delicious.
  • Jeff E.
    Jeff EarlyNovember 24, 2015
    Great burgers, but do not miss the Mac and cheese this is to order and fresh not good for reheat, sauce breaks. Eat all the Mac and take 1/2 the burger home and eat outta da fridge at midnight!
  • Kenny U.
    Kenny UgelJanuary 6
    Heavy metal burgers! They are massive so be prepared to have your faces melted off! Their burgers of the month are always pretty creative and tasty. Try the Led Zeppelin w/ pulled pork and bacon! \m/
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoFebruary 4
    Kuma's Corner is said to serve some of the best burgers in Chicago, like their Pantera or Plague Burgers! Get the Jack cheese on a pretzel bun while you wait and listen to the killer metal music. Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    "This burger demands a commitment. Once you pick it up, you won't put it down (and not just because its toppings practically spill out as you eat)."- Andrew Zimmerman Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 31
    Kuma's crazy BLT sandwich is named after the punk band APMD, which stands for "all pigs must die." And it's quite an accurate name considering this sandwich contains more bacon than anything! Read more
  • Tony D.
    Tony DeLeonMay 29, 2012
    Try the healthy route. Burger with no bun and salad as your side. OR dont go the healthy right and have the mac and cheese with bacon and the slayer(medium)....with a few zombie dusts on the side.
  • Brad P.
    Brad ProbstJuly 29, 2012
    Best burgers ever! The meat they use is so good I would be happy w/ only a patty, but the they put it on a phenomenal pretzel bun and give you several amazing topping selections. Beer is good too!
  • keidra c.
    keidra chaneyMay 29, 2010
    To beat the lines, go right at 11am when it opens (preferably 10-15 minutes before, or leave work early on a weekday and go at 4:30-5pm. Then have a Pantera burger and a beer and enjoy the metal.
  • Nick G.
    Nick GDecember 3, 2011
    Wait the four hours it takes to get a table. It's worth it. You're going to have a food baby for the next 12 hours though. Choose a salad and be wary of apps, for the foods are plenty by themselves.
  • Sei Jin L.
    Sei Jin LeeMay 18, 2010
    Times I go to Kuma's: Early brunch Sat/Sun, during significant sporting events (no sports on the TV), when the patio's closed (takeout)...these are usually good times to go in regards to wait time.
  • John A.
    John AmundsenMarch 11, 2010
    Best burgers ever. The wait is pretty re-goddamn-diculous at times, but the selection of microbrews and delicious metal-themed gourmet burgers. I recommend the "Slayer" - which is an open-faced 1/4 An
  • T H.
    T HFebruary 5, 2013
    IMPORTANT: They don't split checks so you need to have cash if you're going in a group (or a good friend to pay for you) ; there's a Chase in Belmont Plaza and BOA across from the Blue Line station
  • Leatrice
    LeatriceFebruary 23, 2011
    i dream about kuma's just about every other night. their prezel buns, delicious 10oz burgers cooked to perfection and toppings that would blow your mind... mmm i am so happy i moved across the street.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 18, 2013
    Big fat burgers from a popular, insanely loud metal bar, that is divisive in terms of ambience. Former Eater Chicago editor Ari Bendersky says it would be "blasphemous" to leave it off the list.
  • Sithfredo R.
    Sithfredo RiveraJune 20, 2012
    Don't go here for a quiet intimate dinner. Expect to wait in line. It's worth it.Beer selection is imports only so here is an excellent opportunity to try a beer with a higher proof than domestics.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagSeptember 18, 2014
    ORDER: Plague Bringer. This aggressively large burger rests atop a garlic mayo-slathered pretzel roll. On top of that, fresh crushed garlic, melted pepperjack cheese and jalapeno tortilla strips.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoNovember 2, 2011
    With long waits and metal music blasting, why go? For the Slayer burger–a pile of fries topped with a half-pound burger, chili, cherry peppers, andouille, onions and Jack cheese on a pretzel bun. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoOctober 19, 2011
    With long waits and metal music blasting, why go? For the Slayer burger–a pile of fries topped with a half-pound burger, chili, cherry peppers, andouille, onions and Jack cheese on a pretzel bun.
  • Mary Rita C.
    Mary Rita CroweFebruary 24, 2010
    Go to Kuma's Corner for the most unique burgers in the city! Try the MacNCheese as an appetizer. Expect a long wait-it's a very small kitchen. Head to Square Bar across the street for a drink!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    Kuma's corner isn't for dates (unless she has some serious tattoos), and it most certainly isn't for business (unless, you know, you're one of several death metal bands that frequent the place). Read more
  • Christine B.
    Christine BMay 28, 2012
    It's worth the wait to eat here. Try to grab a seat at the bar because it's more fun and the wait may be shorter. The YOB is amazing, and ask for a side of their homemade hot sauce.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 30, 2012
    Metal rages, waits are oppressive, and the beastly burgers, stacked with everything from chorizo to pulled pork, have a reputation so big Lady Gaga ate one during her Monster Ball tour. Read more
  • Alexandros P.
    Alexandros PlexidasDecember 2, 2014
    Heavy metal: Check. Bigger than life burgers: Check. Beers&bourbon: Check. What else can u ask 4? Do your ears, throat & stomach a favor and visit this place. Attention: keep some stomach space empty!
  • Simon & Schuster
    Simon & SchusterJanuary 3, 2011
    Steve Seabury, author of Mosh Potatoes heavy metal cookbook, says: They have 22 kick ass burgers named after some of the greatest metal bands ever. I recommend the Judas Priest and Neurosis Burgers. Read more
  • Amy G.
    Amy GraffAugust 7, 2013
    Chicago is a meat 'n potatoes town and Kuma's is a bit overrated against the competition. Burgers are no longer hand-formed nowadays to keep up with the demand. Try Bad Apple, Edzo's, or O&E.
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaNovember 23, 2009
    No big name beers or drinks here. It's all small names and a cozy place with a heavy metal theme. The only place I would ever wait more than an hour for a burger because they're just that good.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneAugust 1, 2014
    Tribute is paid to the Minotaur, a half-man/half-beast creature, with a 10-ounce beef patty topped with pancetta, caramelized onions and brie. The real focal point, though, is a bourbon-poached pear. Read more
  • Ben K.
    Ben Kessler (@kessler)August 31, 2013
    The Famous Kuma Burger is the way to go - amazing pretzel bun with sunny side up egg and bacon. Come hungry because this thing is massive.
  • Nicolas H.
    Nicolas HernandezApril 7, 2010
    Place is always jammed. Put your name on the list, but watch the bar for people leaving. If your parties no more than 2 you'll sit a lot faster. Plus the bar staff are fantastic.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    Who would have thought a metal bar way out in Avondale would end up generating waits of up to two hours? If you still don't get it, order Lair of the Minotaur and you'll see what we mean.
  • James M.
    James MorganDecember 23, 2014
    Expect to wait a while. Always full with interesting people. Metal music and craft beers. Jack on tap. Great food but again it takes a while. Slayer burger is fire.
  • Edgar S.
    Edgar SarmientoMay 26, 2010
    I ordered the Brujeria burger, medium. Deliciously cooked meat with some jalapeño bite and creamy cheese. METAL! Also try the Raging Bitch. Stay away from the Cherry Cola though.
  • Chefs Feed
    "The ultimate chef-metalhead combo for me is the Metallica Burger at Kuma. This thick, perfectly cooked burger on a toasted pretzel roll satisfies any foodie."- Rick Tramonto Read more
  • Jake T.
    Jake TedlundAugust 15, 2013
    Meat texture, quality and flavor was not good (neither was the 45 min wait after placing our order). Not worth the detour off the interstate unless you really love heavy metal and average burgers.
  • Nikki D.
    Nikki DizonFebruary 25, 2012
    Good burgers but don't order to go and then try to sit at the bar. Even if you planned on buying a drink... They'll kick you out. Bartender missed out on some good tips.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    Need a meal of substance after all those Chicago dogs? Head to this burger bar for a mound of ground meat. Oh, and don’t leave without ordering a bourbon on tap. That’s right.
  • Fallon D.
    Fallon DoddsMay 10, 2010
    Get there at 11am and order the Dark Throne. Split some mac n' cheese if you're feisty, but skip the fries and go for the salad. So much better than silly waffer fries.
  • Lisa Q.
    Lisa QJuly 28, 2011
    The veggie burgers are (themselves) the blandest I have ever eaten in 18 vegetarian years. Make sure the toppings will compensate. I'd like to give them a better recipe!
  • Dav B.
    Dav BelliveauNovember 15, 2011
    Best burger joint I've ever been to. Everything tasted awesome, many great beers from around the country, and the atmosphere and music selection is second to none.
  • Food & Wine
    Food & WineMay 11, 2011
    Kuma's Corner taste-tests its burgers, all named after heavy metal bands, as daily or monthly specials. Only the most popular ones make it onto the standard menu.
  • Anne M.
    Anne McClungMay 29, 2013
    This place is freaking amazing. I<3 Metal & all of the burgers are named after some of the best bands of all time. Such a rad atmosphere: tattooed employees, LPs, and music.
  • Pamela H.
    Pamela HsiehSeptember 23, 2013
    You WILL wait over an hour, maybe hour and a half, and there's no takeout (nor will they seat you before your table is all present), but burgers AND salads are good.
  • Jeffrey G.
    Jeffrey GilbertMarch 14, 2010
    Great for take out as well. Pro tip: if you hear there is a 3 hour wait (not unusual), ask them how long the take out wait is. It's usually under half an hour.
  • @KayeNW
    @KayeNWAugust 22, 2013
    Rude staff. Don't come dressed up. Came after a meeting to see friends.They profiled us & wouldn't let us talk w/ friends near their table. When dressed down previously the policy didn't apply.
  • Mike E.
    Mike EwingDecember 3, 2009
    Go to Kuma's and put in your name. Drink some PBRs (or fine beers) while you wait (2+ hours) for your table. Skip the appetizers, order a burger (the Yob is great), & slip into a meaty bliss (/coma). Read more
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