Monday, February 17, 2014

Kuma's Too

Location: 666 W. Diversey Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614
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A Quick Word:
It is no secret that I love toppings on burgers.  And everyone knows I love Kuma's Corner.  So when their second location opened a little closer to my apartment, I figured I would see if it's different.  And, unfortunately, I encountered a sub-par Kuma's Corner.  I do prefer the location, but something just seemed off.  I wasn't sure if it involved smaller burgers, a less attentive staff, or the loss of that Kuma "atmosphere."  Regardless, It wasn't the same.  And, I don't think it was only me that saw the difference.  For some reason, dozens of customers wait over an hour for a seat at the original Kuma's Corner, but at Kuma's Too, there was no line (not even during primetime dinner hours).  I still can't pinpoint the problem, but hopefully it gets fixed.  I will be back to give it another try, but for now, I have decided to give it a 3.5-mile rating.  A full 1-mile rating below their original location.

What I Ate:

Sourvein Burger 
("Burger of the Month")

When the burger of the month combined my love for burgers with one of my all-time favorite foods, I knew I had to make the trip out to Kuma's Too.  Kuma's is known for their outrageous toppings, but this was just over the top.  Known as the Sourvein Burger, it was the typical hamburger topped with blackened chicken, bacon, waffle strips, sharp cheddar cheese, and a raspberry maple glaze.  It was all stacked on top of a pretzel roll.  Honestly, WOW.  Upon first bite, you get that chicken and waffle sweetness.  As the bite goes on... bacon, cheese, and then... BAM, burger.  It is honestly confusing trying to figure out all the components of the burger, so I just enjoyed them as one.  They were good enough to stand alone, so just imagine them together.  I really enjoyed the raspberry glaze, but I do wish they served a little extra on the side.  The burger was cooked to a medium rare/medium consistency.  There were a couple of problems.  First, I ordered chips and received fries.  Second, it was cold, as if the burger sat for a while.  And, finally, are the burgers at Kuma's Too smaller than Kuma's Corner?

(Cross section cut of the Sourvein Burger.  Check out those layers!)
The DOs/DON'Ts:
- If you have the time and the energy, DO go to their original location.  I think it is way better than Kuma's Too.  Something about this second location is off.
- Share burgers!  These are huge and it is great to try a couple different options.

- Don't be surprised with a huge line at either location.  Kuma's Corner is known to have hour waits or longer.  The second location was wide open at 7PM on a weekday, but that doesn't mean it isn't popular.

How far would I walk for this food?

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