This may fall into the "blindingly obvious" category, or maybe into the "not a chance" category - I haven't been in Boston long enough to know. I'm meeting a few friends for drinks in a couple hours, would like it to be near Kenmore for everyone's mutual convenience (including public transportation), and will need food for myself. Unfortunately, for the group's benefit, we need to keep prices down, which means my usual haunts (Island Creek and Citizen Pub) are off-limits.
A dive bar would be fine, as long as I can get halfway OK food. I would be OK with touristy if not terrible. But, while I've never been, I'm not optimistic that the Lansdowne area bars aren't terrible.
Anyone have any advice? I realize that this is kind of the Boston-area equivalent of "I'm looking for a bar near Times Square," but am hoping that the options are better.