Later this week I'm taking the train up from NYC and meeting a good old college friend from out of town (she's from Chicago, in Boston for a conference). Neither of us know the area, and I'm looking for recommendations for a good restaurant that is comfortable/casual, serves beer/wine, and has good vegetarian options in the Copely Square area, or is walking distance thereabouts. I'm a relatively new vegetarian, and while I'm not taking it too seriously, I'm trying to stick with it whenever possible.
Ideally, this would be a place they don't mind if we hang around a bit having a drink and catching up, too, so I suppose I'm thinking more pubby than fancy, but not knowing anything about the restaurants around, I don't even know if that's possible. Oh, and something Boston-specific would be great (i.e. not a chain, or an offshoot from another city).
Is that specific enough? Haha! Thanks for any suggestions....