We went over to Costello's Tavern in JP last night for dinner. The place looks like a dive from the outside, but it's not a bad place. The people were friendly and it looked like a mix of older JP locals and a younger, artsy crowd. We tried the Costello burger (blue cheese and bacon) and the steak tips, as well as the chili cheese fries. The fries were out of this world, while the tips had a nice marinade (tasted like a bit of garlic mixed into it). The char-broiled burger was good, but a bit dry. The bar area reminds me so much of the bar at the long gone Nick's Beef and Beer House's bar (in Cambridge). One plus was that the jukebox had Cheap Trick on it, so I give Costello's some bonus points for that. ;-b
We then went up to O'Leary's in Brookline for a nightcap. Maybe I'm getting old, but I really, really liked the mellow vibe of the place. Quiet Irish music was piping through the speakers, while mostly older folks were sitting at the bar, reading books and chatting with the bartender and waitress. Maybe I liked the place because it felt so much like the quiet hotel bars I like to go to when I'm in Ireland (it looked and felt very much like the old Metropolitan Hotel bar in Kilkenny). I don't know how the food is, since we just went for pints, but the older gentleman next to me (who was cracking Henny Youngman jokes to us, God bless him) ordered a chicken marsala that looked and smelled great. And the baskets of brown bread were tempting, though I resisted somehow.
I think we might go back to O'Leary's next week if we have a chance (at least for more pints). Is it worth getting the food there? Anyone been?