Boston Restaurant Blog -- February, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
We went over to Costello's Tavern on Centre Street in Jamaica Plain a few weeks ago (I haven't had time to write about it until now). Costello's may look a little down and dirty from the outside, but it really is a friendly place that serves good food and relatively cheap beer. In some ways, Costello's feels like a cousin to the classic, long-gone Nick's Beef and Beer House, which resided in Cambridge until a few years back, when they closed their doors forever. Indeed, much like Nick's, Costello's has the simple, time-worn bar on the right side, and an area for diners to sit and eat on the left side.
I had heard a lot about the burgers at Costello's, so naturally, that is what I went for. But first, I ordered an appetizer of the chili cheese fries. Upon looking back, I probably could have made a meal out of that dish alone, as it may have been the best dish of its kind I've ever had (and believe me, I've had some good chili cheese fries). The fries were handcut and heavenly, and the cheese and chili added even more flavor to them. I don't know if it is the best thing on the menu at Costello's, but the folks at Costello's would be hard-pressed to come up with a dish better than the chili cheese fries there.
Now to the burger: It was good, but I made the huge mistake of not ordering it medium rare, as their burgers definitely tend to dry out a lot as they are cooked. My burger was tasty, but had little in the way of juices, so I was a bit disappointed. Still, the meat was of high quality and I can only imagine how good it would have been had I ordered it medium rare.
Basically, Costello's seems like a nice, friendly little neighborhood joint that is definitely worth going to, though it is probably not a true destination spot. I definitely want to go back to try a medium rare burger, though, as well as those exquisite chili cheese fries! There really is nothing like them in the Boston area.
We returned to Costello's Tavern this week, trying the chili cheese fries (excellent once again), a turkey club (decent enough), and a cheeseburger (tasty, though not seasoned quite enough). Drinks included a couple of pumpkin ales whose glasses were rimmed with cinnamon sugar--a nice touch that more and more places seem to be doing these days. Our server was good overall, while the noise level was a bit high. All in all, a pretty good experience at Costello's once again, though nothing really earth-shattering.
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