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May 11, 2007 10:42 AM

Cheap, dive-y, fun with decent food?

Does this exist around town? I'm in the mood for this tonight and seem to be at a loss. Suggestions for anywhere in the Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area most welcome.


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  1. I always like Silvertone for that kind of thing...

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    1. re: k206

      River Gods? (in Cambridge/Central Sq.)

      1. re: Sugar04

        I wouldn't call either of the above divey, but I can't thing of anything divey with decent food either.

    2. O'Callahan's on Beacon St (opposite the small Star Market) - great burgers and fries. Your clothes won't smell of cigarette smoke, but you will smell like the grill. Thirsty Scholar pub down the block (between Kirkland and Inman Sq) is less good.

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      1. re: LauraBear

        I think you mean RF O'Sullivans? Edit: never mind!

      2. Burgers 'n' Beer:

        RF O'Sullivans (near Porter Square) - enormous burgers with interesting toppings
        Christophers (Porter Square) - great quality burgers made with hormone-free beef (I actually prefer them to O'Sullivans, but I'm in the minority; the hamburger rolls are admittedly mediocre), impressive beer selection
        The Druid (Inman Square) - I've not tried it, but this pub has earned a rep as having one of the best burgers around town.

        Pizza 'n' Beer:

        The Paddock (Somerville) - another Chowhound favorite, this place turns out some very good American-style pizza. It looks sketchy from the outside, and not exactly un-sketchy from the inside, but the staff is friendly, and the food is terrific. I agree with previous posts that you should start with marinated tomato and garlic as your pizza base, and build from there.

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        1. re: finlero

          I meant O'Sullivan's, not O'Callahan's. Sorry.

        2. Intermission, by the Tam.

          Or come upstairs to Pete's Pub tonight (back entrance is the only one open while they renovate). I have food, and I share. Steak kabobs. And Linda the bartender always brings cheese and Triskets.(How great and divey is that?) Or, you can grab some pretty good pizza at Haymarket Pizza.

          In any case, it doesn't get much more divey. And on Fridays it's especially fun. Johnny Cash on the box, the Sox on the tube, and a lot of people getting Friday drunk.

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          1. re: Bostonbob3

            Triskets and cheese? I win. :)
            Where's Pete's ?

            1. re: Bob Dobalina

              It's on Blackstone., right in front of the Haymarket stands (around the corner from Green Dragon, Bell In Hand, etc.)

              It's being renovated, and renamed (Durty Nellie's for God's sake), so only upstairs is open right now. And you can only get in through the back entrance.

              BTW, the cheese is usually pepperjack, and horseradish cheddar.

              My steak kabbobs are first come, first served.

              1. re: Bostonbob3

                Oh, Pete's! Of course...what an awful new name...

                1. re: Bob Dobalina

                  I don't love the name, but it does make me think of Durty Nelly's near Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare. It's named after an interesting woman:

            2. re: Bostonbob3

              I had the last of the smoked gouda yesterday, and most of the triskets, but there was still an unopen package of Cabot horseradish cheddar when I left. Also got a sneak peak of the downstairs renovation.

              1. re: Pegmeister

                I got the unopen package of Cabor horseradish cheddar last night.

            3. StriperGuy recently posted on the burger at the Cantab Lounge in Central -

              There's also

              Newtowne Pizza in Porter Square -
              Santarpio's in Eastie - or anything in Eastie for that matter...
              Bukowski's in Inman has ok food -

              Atwood's past Inman is not really divey, but has a neighborhood feel you might enjoy.

              Christopher's is not divey, but you already know that.

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