Very Popular Illinois Joint Makes Best Diners, Drive Ins and Dives List
To anyone who has ever sat and stuffed their face at this joint, known for serving the most influential burger of all time, this news comes as no surprise.
Guy Fieri Loves Illinois
I don't know that Guy loves Illinois, but given the fact that neither Guy nor I have missed many meals, Illinois is a state east to love for its food.
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Since Guy Fieri's Diner's Drive-Ins and Dives began, the show has featured nearly 40 different Illinois establishments. If you've ever wanted to know just which places those are, here's the list for which I know you've been searching.
Can you think of a better way to plan trips around Illinois, than to decide where you'll eat by using the Mayor of Flavortown's list? I cannot!
So, which of those nearly 40 different diners, drive-ins, and dives do you think is the best in Illinois? The writers at Mashed chose one, and I'm in complete agreement. You absolutely MUST get your burger fix at Chicago's most notorious burger joint.
And, if you're lucky, they'll be serving what Time Magazine referred to as, one of the most influential burgers of all time.
Kuma's Corner in Chicago
While there are four Kuma's Corner locations around Chicagoland, even one now in Indiana, it's the OG location on W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago that lands on Mashed.com's list, The Best Diners, Drive-Ins, And Dives Restaurant In Every State.
The burger joint with a love for Heavy Metal music with unforgettable food made national news in 2014 for a special burger that upset the catholic church. It is no longer on the regular menu, but once in a while, Kuma's has been known to bring it back.
The Ghost Burger at Kuma's Corner
The Ghost Burger, which gets its name from Swedish metal band Ghost B.C. is a 10 oz. beef patty, braised goat shoulder, ghost pepper aioli, aged white cheddar cheese, red wine reduction, and topped with an unconsecrated Communion wafer.
The burger was a little upsetting to Catholics (and garnered national headlines), prompting the owners to donate $1,500 to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
You may have a very difficult time finding the bigger at Kuma's Corner that best suits your appetite, the choices are endless.
The Armored Saint
10oz Kuma’s Patty, chipotle mayo, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, roasted red bell peppers, roasted poblano peppers, and a farm fresh egg.
The Metallica Burger
Applewood smoked bacon, buffalo sauce, blue cheese dressing, buttermilk frizzled onions.
3 Floyds Brewing Speedcastle Burger
10oz Kuma's Patty (or choice of protein), Dusseldorf mustard, caramelized onions, and beer cheese sauce.
The Clutch Burger
10oz Kuma's Patty (or choice of protein), cheddar, pepper jack, swiss, and bacon Jalapeno jam.
The Pig Destroyer
Don't feel like a burger, how about slow-cooked pulled pork, BBQ sauce, frizzled onions, and pickles on a pretzel bun?
Buffalo Chicken Mac
Bacon, buffalo sauce, bleu cheese, fried buffalo tender, and scallions.