Centerstage - Chicago's Original City Guide

Virtual L ®

Virtual L Locations Near Kuma's CornerWhat's near Kuma's Corner?

in Avondale or Belmont on the Blue line

Chicago Bars
By Styles
A to Z Directory
Nightlife Guides
User Reviews
Chicago Dining
By Style
Restaurants A-Z
Dining Guides
User Reviews
Find an error?
Are you the owner?
Tell Us Here

SUBSCRIBE to
CRUMB and FestFile is Centerstage Chicago's Weekly E-Newsletter.
Enter your email to get
our weekly newsletter:

Kuma's Corner

View Map2900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 604-8769
Fax: (773) 604-8768
View Website
Details Find What Else Is Nearby Kuma's Corner User Reviews

Editorial Review of Kuma's Corner

Kuma's at night
photo: courtesy of Bridget Cicenia
Let's get the obvious out of the way. Remove the question "how long is the wait?" from your vocabulary when speaking of Kuma's Corner. The answer is always going to be "a while." Go in with that knowledge in your brain and you'll be better off, because everyone, their mom, their neighbor down the street, their hairdresser and their dog has heard of Kuma's Corner. It's gonna take you a while to get to one of the very few seats, especially during a dinner rush, and that's compounded on weekends, but chances are you'll think the wait will be worth it.

Since opening in 2005 with a more diverse comfort-food-styled menu, Kuma's rocketed into the stratosphere when it shifted focus to a burger-centric menu famously named after metal bands. Who knew the world had a niche for hamburgers titled after Judas Priest, Mastadon, Motorhead and Pig Destroyer, topped with unintuitive ingredients like pastrami, tzatziki sauce or pineapple? Couple those burgers with an often-changing list of top-notch craft beers and a soundtrack from hell (if the music of bands like Dark Throne or Slayer is a deal breaker, you might want to consider the Burger King down the street), Kuma's Corner has stumbled into national prominence as one of the absolute burger destinations of the nation. In addition, while they're not often explored, the rest of the menu holds its own. The calamari and make-your-own mac n' cheese are fine alternatives to burger gluttony - or additions to it.

This is not to say that Kuma's is free from criticism. Unless you're willing to devote an entire afternoon or evening to snagging a seat (or if you're OK with elbowing for room at the bar) it can be tough to find the time to get a burger, and when the back patio is open, takeout is no longer an option. As they say themselves, the kitchen remains only 16x16, so patience is required. In addition, it's recommended to have a short list of beer preferences in mind, as Kuma's is often out of some of their more popular or hard-to-find options. However, Kuma's and its staff isn't afraid to give back - on the last Friday of the month, they donate all their tips to a local charity or cause, which in the past have included the Paul Green School of Music, the Chicago Abused Women Coalition and the United Coalition of Homeless Veterans.

Kuma's new website proudly proclaims itself creators of the "best burgers in Chicago," likely based on their experience in addition to the judgment of the metric boatloads of press that Kuma's has gotten in the past few years. It's not bragging if you can back it up - from the beer to the food to the completely unflappable and knowledgeable staff, Kuma's has got the goods. Just be patient.

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Karl Klockars

User Reviews

Read other people's reviews and post your own opinion about Kuma's Corner too!

Hours

11:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday; 11:30 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday

Directions to Kuma's Corner

Our directions are included with our maps of Kuma's Corner
Kuma's Corner was mentioned in these articles...

Virtual L: Belmont (Blue), 4/6/10
Explore the less-traveled paths of one of Chicago's friendliest 'hoods.

The Revolution Will Be Brewed, 2/19/10
Uncovering the evolution of Josh Deth's Revolution Brewing in Logan Square.

Best of Burgers, 12/28/09
Forget fast food and find your new favorite burger at these local establishments

Jason Vincent, 11/17/08
Pilsen Lula's executive chef values taste over truffles...which means good things for your wallet.

Twisted Treats, 10/22/08
Don't read this article if you're watching your sodium intake.

On Tap in Autumn, 10/9/08
Forget mass-produced swill. We tell you where to find seasonal suds that channel the flavors of fall.

Elise Rasmussen, 6/9/08
This Canadian-born artist has a thing for the French.

Heavy-Metal Hangouts, 4/28/08
Chicago's hard-rock scene is one of the nation's strongest. Here's where to go to get in on the headbanging action.

Matt Erpenbach, 12/4/07
We talk to the man behind Kuma's intimidating patties like the Neurosis and Pig Destroyer.

Want Unconventional Fries With That?, 12/4/06
Chicago spots that funk up the all-American side dish.

Kick Kraft to the Curb, 11/6/06
Considering the bliss that powdered processed cheese can bring, we set out to find the best homemade macaroni and cheese.

chicago

chicago, metromix
-->