The sandwich has been taken to altitudes as high as workers eating lunch on the girder of a skyscraper and to depths as low as scientists taking a lunch break from controlling the weather from the earth’s core. Enjoy a hearty sandwich somewhere in between with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get $10 worth of sandwiches, wraps, potato salad, and more at Costello Sandwich & Sides. This Groupon is good at the location in Lincoln Square or the location in Roscoe Village, but it is not valid for delivery.
Costello Sandwich & Sides’ menu is a smorgasbord of oven-baked subs, wraps, and cold cuts. Each regular sandwich ($6.29) comes with your choice of an apple, pretzels, or potato chips. Grumbling tummies go quiet when they're introduced to The Mess, a beastly sub packed with Genoa salami, ham, capicola, provolone cheese, french fries, and coleslaw—Time Out Chicago calls it "the perfect sandwich for people who enjoy side dishes, but think it takes too much time to eat them." Lighter fare includes the Village Vegetarian––provolone, muenster cheese, and hummus mingling on a freshly baked multi-grain bun. Costello’s made-from-scratch side dishes ($3.99 for medium) make tasty meals in and of themselves. Options include chipotle mac 'n' cheese, mustard potato salad, and sweet pineapple tuna with shells.
Cozy up within the colorful, yellow-and-red original Costello storefront in Roscoe Village. Or, dine on red-clothed tables on checkerboard floors amid the spacious interior at the Lincoln Square locale. Both restaurants have friendly staffs, making them accommodating spots to take a lunchtime break from the electric shovel factory.
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Time Out Chicago and Chicagoist praised The Mess sandwich, and the Chicago Reader also reviewed Costello Sandwich & Sides. Citysearchers and nearly 120 Yelpers give the Roscoe Village location an average of four stars, and nearly 140 Yelpers give the Lincoln Square location an average of 3.5 stars.
- Never has a sandwich been more aptly named. In addition to salami, capicola, ham and provolone, Costello’s piles french fries and cole slaw (and tomato slices for the health-conscious) between two slices of toasted sub roll, making this the perfect sandwich for people who enjoy side dishes, but think it takes too much time to eat them. Though saddled with an ugly name, the fries and slaw make for a concoction that drips with sweetness. Costello’s brags on its “baked” sandwiches, which makes sense since this one cures us of the munchies every time. – Time Out Chicago
- This is such a great sandwich shop! Fun, good ambiance, the service is very friendly, and they have a huge variety of sandwiches. – nickthedog, Citysearch
Costello Sandwich and Sides
"The Mess." It's one of Costello Sandwich and Sides's "icon" sandwiches, a claim that's backed by a cult following so devout, it inspired one Chicagoist writer to craft a poem about it. Indeed, the heaping pile of ham, capicola, and Genoa salami is made all the messier by having the sides (french fries and cole slaw) scooped right onto the sub roll.
The rest of the iconic sandwiches on the menu include creations as varied as the hummus- and cheese-based Village Veggie (named for Roscoe Village, the mini chain's first home) and the Southern Reuben with turkey, pastrami, and thousand island dressing. Like many of Costello's sandwiches, the reuben is baked, further distinguishing the sandwich shop from its competitors. In fact, Costello's is known to be so packed on weekends that the eatery becomes standing-room only, much to the chagrin of the floors being walked all over.