If you ever get the chance to visit Kuma’s Corner
at Belmont and Francisco in Chicago,
You will discover one of the best burgers in the city (tied with Rosebud).
Every month, there is a new special burger that they post on their giant chalkboard.
One of my favorites is the “Led Zeppelin” burger, an amazing 10 oz. beef burger topped with pulled pork, cheddar cheese, bacon and pickles, served on a pretzel-style bun. These burgers are not for the faint of heart, nor is the kick-ass music they play inside this gourmet restaurant disguised as a heavy metal dive bar. Despite their numerous tattoos and/or piercings, the wait staff and bartenders are the nicest, coolest people in the world. If you think you can handle all of that, then all you have to do is walk in and order one of their large list of seasonal bottled independent beers. I like the Left Hand Brewery’s Blackjack Porter when it’s in season, but they also have a few interesting ales on tap. If you’re not adventurous, the only domestic bottle they have is PBR. Prepare to wait a while for a table or a spot at the bar to open up, because this place is REALLY REALLY POPULAR. If you’re looking for a quick bite, you probably want to go somewhere else.
A quick note about sides:
Chips; the fresh cut home-made potato variety – EXCELLENT!
Fries; the thing that bothered me on my various visits was the variation of french fries.
The shoestring fresh cut belgian style greasy sticks of awesomeness…. OH YEAH!
The cheapo pull out a frozen bag of waffle-cut spuds and deep fry ’em for 3 minutes…. no thank you. Apparently, it depends on what day you show up as to whether or not the chef on duty will give you the shoestrings or the waffles. I’ll have to remember to ask next time I go. If you can’t get the shoestrings, you really can’t go wrong with the chips.
Kuma’s burgers that I’ve tried so far: PANTERA, YOB, CLUTCH, LED ZEPPELIN, MAYHEM, PLAGUE BRINGER, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR