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Kuma's Corner

Burger Joint and Pub$$$$
Northwest Side, Chicago
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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 Sep 23
  • Becki F.
    Becki FrieiefnfnSeptember 23
    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 🤘🏻
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • Tenielle A.
    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.
  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 :)
  • 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. 👿👿👿
  • 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
  • Marco G.
    Marco GuzmanAugust 8, 2014
    Can't go wrong with any burger. If you're a first timer, try the Kuma Burger
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Zach D.
    Zach DanielAugust 10, 2013
    This is meat heaven! If you're looking for a veggie option, try out the fried pickles!
  • 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.
  • 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.
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