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Costello's, J.P.?

CocoDan Oct 19, 2012 06:29 AM

Anyone know anything about this place? Need to check out a band. Should we eat there or somewhere else before music?
Hope We Enjoy,

  1. hiddenboston Oct 19, 2012 06:48 AM

    I like it, but don't love it. Very good burgers and excellent chili cheese fries, though sometimes the burgers are underseasoned. And the waitstaff ranges from friendly to distracted. But I love the atmosphere--looks a bit like the old Nick's Beef and Beer House in Cambridge.

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    1. re: hiddenboston
      CocoDan Oct 19, 2012 06:58 AM

      Thanks. May try a burger there.

      1. re: hiddenboston
        devilham Oct 19, 2012 07:39 AM

        Nick's Beef and Beer ruled!!!! home of the 3$ pitcher!!!! Cokeheads snorting lines in the bathroom (asking if he could borrow one of my dollars to aid in his sniffing!) the EXACT same menu as Charlie's Kitchen (I guess they used to be partners). Crazy place from my mispent youth

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          gourmaniac Oct 19, 2012 07:41 AM

          Nick's was called Charlie's Beef and Beer before it was Nick's. Never tried the coke but the pork chops were a standard for me. RE OP, Costellos is fine for what it is. Burger/sandwich is good as reasonable value.

          1. re: gourmaniac
            devilham Oct 20, 2012 05:45 AM

            Yep, I was told they used to be partners (Nick and Charlie), I never tried the coke either, I was in my twenties and there for ther super cheep beer

      2. C. Hamster Oct 19, 2012 08:47 AM

        I have left a lot of brain cells at Costellos. If it's a meh burger you're after then it's fine (as is the Galway across the street).

        But JP boasts a boatload of better dining options that are still close by.

        Vee Vee, JP Seafood, Ten tables, even james gate, Canary whatever or Oriental de Cuba

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        1. re: C. Hamster
          celeriac Oct 19, 2012 09:42 AM

          Or Grass-Fed, which despite some mixed reviews has produced some of the better burgers that I've had in Boston, and very good fries to boot.

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          twentyoystahs Oct 19, 2012 09:46 AM

          Costello's used to have one of the best all-around burgers in the city, IMO...at a very reasonable price, i.e. $8 bucks-ish. Now there are lots of other contenders (tho' i like the concept of Grass Fed i found their burger fairly flavorless). Anyway, I still think you can't go wrong with classic pub food at Costello's. The burgers are still good, the hand cut fries excellent; and sandwiches/wings/assorted apps are all good choices. I like it there.

          1. CocoDan Oct 19, 2012 09:54 AM

            Thank All, for your comments. I'll let my wife make the choice if she decides to come along. Otherwise, I may settle for some wings and a brew at Costello's


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            1. re: CocoDan
              yumyum Oct 19, 2012 03:28 PM

              I liked their wings. Standard issue but sometimes that's all you need. Avoid the wine.

              1. re: yumyum
                celeriac Oct 21, 2012 03:13 PM

                Solid wings, my favorite in JP.

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              carneyvore Oct 19, 2012 12:11 PM

              I always thought that Galway House was better when I lived in JP. Jame's Gate is decent too.

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                celeriac Oct 21, 2012 03:19 PM

                Both have their charms, but I prefer watching games at Galway House (much better beer selection, and a great, unique atmosphere). That said, I have found the food there consistently miserable. I think Costello's is the place if you're looking for wings/burgers and a Bud, whereas Galway House is a better choice if you're just drinking.

                1. re: celeriac
                  gini Oct 21, 2012 04:01 PM

                  Galway House's food is disgusting. Their burgers are actually hockey pucks. Not metaphorically.

              2. MC Slim JB Oct 19, 2012 04:41 PM

                Been a while, but I always thought if it as a fun place to watch the game, drink, and expect passable American bar food. In that context, it works very well indeed. A neighborhood bar, not a dining destination, which is sometimes just the thing.


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                1. re: MC Slim JB
                  Jenny Ondioline Oct 20, 2012 02:17 PM

                  Exactly. I'd never go to JP to eat at Costello's, but if I'm on Centre Street and a leisurely burger and a beer is what I want, it's just the thing.

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