2900 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
If you don’t like burgers, maybe you shouldn’t be reading this site. If you don’t like heavy metal, maybe you aren’t my friend. If you do love metal and you love metal, maybe we should go do karate in the garage. Shadows Fall, a band I manage (burgers are not my day job…yet!) was playing Chicago and that was a good enough excuse to re-visit one of my favorite burgers, Kuma’s Corner. For those NOT in the know, Kuma’s is gourmet burger joint on the North West side of Chicago that has named all of their burger selections after heavy metal bands. All the more reason to throw an after party there on a night Shadows Fall plays the town. So, Jackie, my wife Cara and I hopped a flight from New York to do just that that.Sometimes the planets align for the sole purpose of showing you how amazing life can be and that is exactly how I would describe Kuma’s Corner. I never knew that life could be this awesome until I had my first visit here. So with Shadows Fall and a bunch of great people in tow, I knew we were in for a night of epic proportions.
Knowing that Kuma’s does not take reservations, it was clearly a long shot when I called and tried to book an after party for the show. However, Sous Chef Luke went far and above to let it be known that they appreciated our business. Shortly after we were sat at 3 different tables (large parties are impossible at this intimate spot) we all delved deeply into the burger menu. As we perused the options, a pile of Pig Destroyer Fries (covered in pulled pork, cheese and scallions) arrived courtesy of the house. God Damn it…they were amazing. We then quickly placed our order for “Make Your Own Mac & Cheese” opting for fried onions and chicken. Upon arrival, I treated the apps like a plow does a snow covered street. plow or be plowed. So freakin good!!!!
When it came to burger choices, I tried to not pick based on my love for music and more so on my appreciation for food. That being the case, it was all about the “Iron Maiden,” a burger covered in avocado, jack cheese, cherry peppers and chipotle mayo and ALL burgers at Kuma’s are served on a pretzel roll. 666, this was the burger of the beast, especially no avocado (I love it, but felt it was unnecessary). Seriously, gourmet meat, specialized bun and toppings that enhanced every flavor. There is just nothing like this any where else in the world. In fact, Kuma’s burger is so good, that if even if you can’t stand metal (die) but loved good food, you would still be blown away.
“For some strange reason there are people who don’t care for eggs when they have hamburgers….. I for one, enjoy a little extra protein on my burger, therefore the Kuma burger rocked! Personally, directly after playing an hour set of blazing metal, I would have rather dined to some jazz instead of non-stop blaring death metal (love the tunes, but not when I’m trying to eat) but I do understand that that contributes to Kuma’s ambiance! Beggars can’t be choosers!!!”
– Jason Bittner, Shadows Fall
Death to False Burgers.