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Chowhound-Worthy Dives in Boston Proper

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Chowhound-Worthy Dives in Boston Proper

hiddenboston | Jul 3, 2007 11:41 AM

What are some good old-fashioned dives that are in or really close to the downtown area of Boston that also have good food? I honestly can't think of any offhand, mainly because of the food. Some examples of places that don't quite make the cut:

Dives, but with average food:
-- Red Hat, Beacon Hill
-- Beantown Pub, Tremont Street

Good food, but not quite dives:
-- Waterfront Cafe, North End
-- Green Dragon, Faneuil Hall

Not quite a dive, and not quite great food:
-- Elephant and Castle, Financial District

I guess I'm looking for a place like The Alumni in Quincy or Sadie's in Waltham or perhaps even the Newtowne Grill in Cambridge; that is, a place that looks like a bit of a dump, but surprises with a particular dish (or several dishes).

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