I've been to Costas many times over the past 20 yrs, mostly for lunch with local business contacts and it has always been very good. This past Saturday J and I stopped in for lunch and had a bit of a disappointing experience.
I ordered my two lunchtime favorites - cream of crab soup and pit beef with BBQ and horseradish while J ordered oysters rockefeller and the crab imperial. As usual, my cream of crab was excellent with chunks of lump crab in an extra thick and creamy broth.
Unfortunately, J's oysters were inedible. Three monster sized oysters were covered by a cheesy spinach topping that was piping hot. So far so good. However, once the topping was removed, the smell of spoiled oysters was immediately present. Not wanting to chance it, we sent them back and they were credited off the bill.
J's crab imperial came out next and for $24.95 she received a scant few ounces of lump crab in a cream sauce. If picked out of the dish, maybe there was enough crab for one average crab cake. She enjoyed the dish but the value here was lacking. For $25, one would expect a lot more crab.
After ordering my pit beef medium rare, the server came back to the table and said they only had medium well to well done beef. I asked her for the rarest they had. Unfortunately, what ended up on the roll was dried out well done beef. I added my side of coleslaw to the sandwich to try to give it some life. Not sure why the pit beef was overcooked, but lesson learned, order something else when told what's available.
We were going to order steamed crab, but learned all their crab (throughout the year) is flown in from Texas or Louisiana and due to all the cold weather, there was a shortage. Evidently they don't go for local Chesapeake crab (when in season July - Sept) as their gulf coast supplier ensures them a consistent supply of jumbos and they're what's most often ordered. Note, it's recommended to call ahead to reserve your crab, to ensure your place in the daily shipment and supply.
Service was very good and I'm sure I'll return. I'll just be a bit more cautious when ordering and hopefully will catch them with a good supply of crab.