Chowhound-Worthy Dives in Boston Proper
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).
My experiences at those types of places are not at all food-centric, but I here are a few places:
I don't think I'd consider Peking Tom's to be divey, more kitsch than anything, but they have decent American pupu platters.
How's the food at 21st Amendment? Not really that divey - more pubby - but sort of looks like a dump.
Does Weggie's serve food? They are definitely a dive, definitely a bar, and definitely in possession of a pool table.
Sidebar, ok $.10 wings and macrobrews (ie A/B) for $6/pitcher. I wouldn't venture far beyond those two items. Bromfield St. I used to practically live their for Sox games in '03. After the fiasco, we moved onto Clery's which is not divey nor does it have particularly good food but it worked for '04.
The Paddock in Somerville (short drive from downtown) is a CH fave that fits your criteria but I haven;t been myself.