People in Chicago freak out when a new restaurant opens. It gets hyped for months, and once the restaurant opens, the wait is epic. Especially if the project is headed up by a major chef. Point in case: Grahamwich.
While other people were waiting in line for a $10 sandwich and a homemade soda, Joe and I finally decided to try a restaurant that’s been open a while but still has everyone freaking out—Kuma’s Corner. What’s the appeal? Put simply, metal, burgers and beer, a winning combination that has people waiting up to two hours for on the weekend.
We both took the day off to celebrate Joe’s 3oth birthday (read: old day) and figured the wait would be non-existant at 1:30 on a weekday.
The wait was still an hour. What amazed me is that this place is off the beaten path in Avondale, yet busier than any restaurant in Wicker Park or Lakeview during a weekday. Luckily, hovering around the bar paid off. We only waited 20 minutes before two of the first-come-first-serve bar stools became available.
With all the choices, Joe settled on the Metallica burger, which satisfied his love for buffalo sauce, bleu cheese and bacon. I had the Neurosis, piled high on a pretzel bun with swiss, cheddar, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, horseradish mayo, lettuce, onion and tomato. It was also seasoned and cooked perfectly. Both burgers came with crispy waffle fries (chosen over salad, duh) and ketchup mixed with chili sauce. And since it happened to be on tap, we both ordered Three Floyds Gumballhead. Sheer delight.
And the metal music? Not typically my cup of tea, but made for a fun ambience. Do yourself a favor: go to Kuma’s corner if you haven’t already. The burger is worth the hour-long wait.