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Kuma's Corner

Burger Joint and Pub$$$$
Northwest Side, Chicago
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  • Brandon S.
    "Get the Slayer! and make sure you are able to take a doggy bag home."(20 Tips)
    Jennie G.
    "Plague Bringer burger and The Yob are both amazing burgers."(13 Tips)
    Julian
    "Heavy metal bar with the best burgers in Chicago."(12 Tips)
    Jay K.
    "Metallica burger is awesome"(6 Tips)
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  • Jake B.
    Jake BockAugust 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Tenielle A.
    Tenielle AlgerJuly 29, 2016
    Menu is amazing. Everything named after metal bands. Metal themed place, even the staff looks like they live at a concert permanently. Beer list is extensive. Best burger I've ever had by far.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Becki F.
    Becki FrieiefnfnSeptember 23, 2016
    Everything is delicious. The veggie burgers are hand made daily. The YOB with smoked Gouda, garlic mayo and add grilled pineapple! Best tunes to gain a happy belly 🤘🏻
  • Ken S.
    Ken S2 weeks ago
    Great burger selection to go with a great beer selection. Go for the original of this is your first time. If you are here in June get the Chicago Dog Burger. There will be a party in your tummy.
  • 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.
  • C R.
    C ReyJuly 2
    Best burgers in the city served with metal music, excellent beer and no remorse. Band-themed burgers are monstrous and dripping with toppings. If you're really hungry, get some Mac & cheese to share.
  • Joe F.
    Joe FaridJuly 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 31, 2016
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kenny U.
    Kenny UgelJanuary 6, 2016
    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, 2016
    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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Tony D.
    Tony DeLeonMay 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedMay 5, 2016
    "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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Leatrice
    LeatriceFebruary 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezFebruary 22, 2015
    The Slayer is an insane pile of meat, fries, and everything but the kitchen sink. It is both delicious and overwhelming.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jennie G.
    Jennie G.March 4, 2015
    Plague Bringer burger and The Yob are both amazing burgers. The Caesar salad was really good as well!
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedMay 5, 2016
    "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
  • 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.
  • Christian G.
    Christian GutierrezJanuary 17, 2014
    Delicious grub, don't skimp on the micro brews or the Mac and cheese. Good for the hang out, date night, or just a chill night for burgers.
  • 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.
  • Chicago Tribune
    Chicago TribuneJanuary 10
    Kuma's Corner bills its build-your-own mac and cheese as an appetizer, but it's big enough to feed you and a few of your headbanger friends.  Read more
  • Heather C.
    Heather CasteelDecember 19, 2013
    Excellent burgers and enormous portions of build your own Mac n cheese. You won't go hungry. Metal music for some ambience too :)
  • Tammy C.
    Tammy CassidyOctober 12, 2015
    Fun atmosphere and great food. The Ministry burger was amazing and Stephanie, are server, was fantastic. We'll definitely be back
  • Marco G.
    Marco GuzmanAugust 8, 2014
    Can't go wrong with any burger. If you're a first timer, try the Kuma Burger
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 11, 2011
    If you can stand your big, fat gourmet burger with headbanging pulsating metal music, go get in line now. There aren't many better burgers in Chicago. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineDecember 4, 2012
    22 monster burgers served on pretzel rolls, most named after your scary cousin's favorite rock bands (Slayer, Melvins, Judas Priest). Kuma Burger takes lead guitar. Read more
  • Jillian P.
    Jillian PattonAugust 7, 2013
    Best burger in town? More like best burgers I've had... EVER. Order an extra side of anger and bourbon on tap as well. 👿👿👿
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LewisAugust 25, 2014
    The burgers are star of the show, and each seems to be more absurd than the next. Can never go wrong with the classic Kuma's Burger, though.
  • Chewsy
    ChewsyOctober 27, 2012
    The "Lair of the Minotaur Burger" has the distinction of being featured on both "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" as well as "Unique Eats". Find out why: http://chewsy.com/r/a/Yjw4F Read more
  • Amit S.
    Amit ShahSeptember 20, 2014
    The veggie burger was yummy ABSU style. I am conflicted between here and Lockdown. They are both good in there own different ways.
  • Zach D.
    Zach DanielAugust 10, 2013
    This is meat heaven! If you're looking for a veggie option, try out the fried pickles!
  • Jorge Alexis M.
    Amazing the size of all the burgers... Neurosis was great! Of seven ppl just one ate the fries, its really worth wait.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduJune 4, 2014
    The scorpion, burger of the month, is ridiculous!! Love is literally oozing from this burger. Fries are ok, and the music is great :)
  • Alex L.
    Alex LaughlinAugust 7, 2012
    Thought my compadres and I could demolish a few appetizers before our burgers arrived. We were sorely mistaken, and ended up being full after about three bites. Best three bites of my life.
  • Alicia B.
    Alicia BealsMarch 16, 2012
    Best to come with just two people. You can find a seat at the bar within 10mins which is much faster than the 2 hr wait for a table
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Amy M.
    Amy MorganJune 14, 2013
    I just had a divine experience: the Mac n cheese with bacon and carmelized onions. You won't be disappointed.
  • keidra c.
    keidra chaneyMay 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Rahul S.
    Rahul SareenMay 12, 2013
    Do take into account the long waiting time.. But worth the wait... The staff is friendly and the food is mind-blowing!!
  • VH1
    VH1August 30, 2010
    "I like going to Kuma's Corner when I'm in Chicago. Its a Heavy Metal themed hamburger joint and the burgers are named after bands. You don't have to eat for again for 3 days!" -Dan Black @Dan_Black
  • Sei Jin L.
    Sei Jin LeeMay 18, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    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.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BFebruary 18
    Burgers are always great, but mac and cheese is nothing to be sneezed at. Enough to take home for days!
  • Captain D.
    Captain DeadpoolSeptember 2, 2016
    Great spot! Lazer snake and anti-hero with the Pantera burger were a great combo!
  • David J.
    David JaraSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Drums and riffs will massage your ears, while your eyes feast on epic movies, while the best burgers in the world slay your soul.
  • Ty D.
    Ty DJanuary 28, 2012
    Yeah yeah, their burgers are great. We all know this. BUT, the mac'n'cheese, (pause for effect) will change your life. Get it.
  • Jenni P.
    Jenni PollackMarch 19, 2012
    Before your burger, save room for the calamari...accompanied by deep fried jalapenos, lemon slices, Rosemary, and Shallot rings..insane!!!
  • Charlie B.
    Charlie BrownJanuary 29, 2011
    You can switch any burger with a garden patty and its made perfectly. The waffle fries are amazing. If kumas was a person, I'd ask to marry her.
  • Zoheb I.
    Zoheb IsmailiDecember 7, 2011
    Best calamri EVER! Spice it up with some sriracha and it's to die for! I guess their burgers shoud get a shout out as well...
  • Steve T.
    Steve TaylorJuly 23, 2014
    Their mac n' cheese is absolutely ridiculous (in a good way) and any choice of burger is a good call.
  • Tamika R.
    Tamika RilesJune 22, 2013
    Slayer on top (no bun) Metallica on bottom. Skip the appetizers for another day on your first visit.
  • Kathryn A.
    Kathryn AndersonMay 22, 2015
    Fantastic burgers. And quite a beer selection too. It's a popular place so be prepared for a wait.
  • 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.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BogsMarch 30, 2014
    Food was awesome. Super huge portions. Iron maiden beer on tap. Becky, our waitress was the bomb!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMay 21, 2013
    This is the place if you like gargantuan burgers topped with eggs, bacon, and whatever other salty, fatty ingredients just happens to be lying around.
  • Tim R.
    Tim ReynoldsMay 30, 2012
    The burgers are HUGE! Staff is friendly - make sure to make your own Mac & Cheese - enough to share
  • Melissa P.
    Melissa PalkaApril 26, 2012
    Go in on a weekday/night for a shorter wait, get the Metallica burger, and try o'fallens weach beer. Pure bliss!
  • Angie T.
    Angie TeeApril 28, 2016
    Their fried pickles were among the best I've had. Their hand-made veggie patties were really good.
  • Jayna H.
    Jayna HoffackerNovember 7, 2011
    Order the Led Zeppelin. Pulled pork and bacon on a burger. Wash it down with a Lagunita's Censored Red Ale. Heaven.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PepplerSeptember 15, 2014
    Insane wait, insane burgers. The plague bringer is great. Try and get a place at the bar
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TaubApril 15, 2015
    Hands down BEST burgers anywhere. Fantastic beer list. You will not find a better burger.
  • 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
  • Jane S.
    Jane ScarimFebruary 16, 2014
    Lair of the minataur was the best burger I've ever had. Also, the mac n cheese is phenom!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoAugust 2, 2014
    The servers here sport more ink than a Bic factory, and the metal is cranked up so loud you can’t hear yourself talking, but therein lies the charm. Read more
  • Steve ‘Pudgy’ D.
    Steve ‘Pudgy’ De RoseFebruary 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The times when the line is short are weekdays from 13:30-17:00. And after 26:00 hours daily [except Saturday], when it is closed. X=)
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistOctober 11, 2013
    Should you eat Kuma's unholy Ghost Burger? Here's a helpful checklist to figure it out. Read more
  • Gustavo S.
    Gustavo SanchezDecember 5, 2014
    I thought that burgers were really good but I don't consider them the best burger joint in Chicago.
  • Christopher
    ChristopherAugust 30, 2010
    Get there when they open for lunch, and you're guaranteed a seat. Sit on the patio in the summer. Get the "Insect Warfare" burger, you won't regret it.
  • David J.
    David JaraOctober 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Have the Mac and cheese with prosciutto and caramelized onions. Aad sriracha and its better than ambrosia.
  • 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.
  • Elizabeth K.
    Elizabeth KinsmanSeptember 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    This month's special 'blackoak arkansas' is really great as a veggie burger without the bacon, FYI. & as always the Mac is awesome any way you do it.
  • Pete W.
    Pete WynnAugust 18, 2011
    Burgers called "Plague Bringer" and "Lair of the Minotaur" add to the awesomeness of Kuma's. Top 5 burger I've ever had; maybe #1.
  • 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.
  • Kayleigh G.
    Kayleigh GiorgioMay 23, 2011
    I split the Iron Maiden and Neurosis with a friend. Delicious, and a great way to try more than one at a time!
  • Emily H.
    Emily H.November 27, 2012
    Split the Mac n cheese and a burger! Portions are HUGE! Also, come on a Tuesday at 4pm... Nobody here!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cameron R.
    Cameron RandleSeptember 26, 2012
    Garlic mayo and homemade hot sauce on the Plague Bringer will change how you think about eating a burger.
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren KirincichNovember 14, 2011
    BEST BURGER IN THE WORLD!! I honestly never knew burgers could even be so good. Try the Kuma's Special...yummmy!
  • Stephanie T.
    Stephanie TApril 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The burgers are obviously the reason to come but do yourself a favor and share the Mac n' cheese!
  • Babo-Buddha
    Babo-BuddhaFebruary 17, 2014
    Man sagt, dass es hier den besten Burger Chicagos gibt. Meiner war großartig. Sehr laute Heavy-Metal-Musik und sehr voll... aber das muss so!
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