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My wife and I will be visiting the Boston area next week (arriving Sat Oct 13) staying a few nights in Revere, a couple nights in Cape Cod (s. Yarmouth) and a night or 2 not sure yet. Looking for cool places in the area, I know we will go into Boston downtown on sat night and spend most of sunday there. Looking for the best chowder, great local landmark places to eat, etc. Nothing too expensive. We are Diners, Drive ins and Dives kind of people.

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  1. In Revere, I'd go to Uncle Pete's Hickory Ribs, although others may have better ideas. Downtown, if you like dives with exceptionally good food, I'd go to Delux Cafe 100 Chandler St.

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    1. re: UrsusArctosHorribilis

      Hi,
      Some good recs so far, though I would not categorize Delux Cafe as a "dive.." It's an eclectic little spot with some great food, yes; but not what I think of as "divey."
      If I were you, I'd do a search on this Boston board. You'll find lots of threads with good responses to previous questions just like yours....

    2. I second Uncle Pete's in Revere for Pork Ribs; also in Revere is a landmark, Kelly's for Roast Beef Sandwiches or fried seafood. In downtown Boston a divey kind of place along the waterfront for chowder and fish would be the Barking Crab; for the best pizza in Boston go to the North End to Regina's. If you like burgers and fries, by Kenmore Square (think Fenway Park) is UBurger (excellent fries, so-so burgers) or further down past Boston University I prefer the Grille Zone (excellent burgers, good fries).

      1. If you're staying in Revere, you might be tempted by the Drive-In Diner, on Rte. 1A. Very nice people but the food isn't worth the stop, when you're only in Boston for a few days.

        You ought to post on the New England board for Cape Cod recomendations.

        I love Uncle Pete's but if I was only here for a few days, I probably wouldn't go there, especially seeing as your past posts seem to indicate you're coming from BBQ country. If you want to do something outside of the city, hop on Route 1 and head up towards Ipswich/Essex for the best fried clams you'll ever have. You can combine the clams and the dives in one tidy package at Choate Bridge Pub in Ipswich, although you also can't go wrong at Essex Seafood or Clam Box (I believe both are open through at least Columbus Day.) Or for a diner vibe, you can head to the excellent Agawam Diner which has the best fried chicken around, and famous pies as well.

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        Clam Box of Ipswich
        246 High St, Ipswich, MA 01938

        Woodman's
        121 Main St, Essex, MA 01929

        Choate Bridge Pub
        3 S Main St, Ipswich, MA

        1. I'd consider myself in the same DDD camp, with a bit of camp thrown in for spice. Here are some of the places I like to go when I am home:
          Regina Pizza- Boston
          Silvertone- Boston
          Delux- Boston
          B-Side Cambridge
          Jacob Wirth-Boston
          Kowloon-Saugus
          Capitol Diner- Lynn
          Clam Box- Ipswich
          McMenamy's Hamburgers- Easton
          Kelly's Roast Beef- Revere
          Clam Box- Wollaston
          Tony's- Wollaston

          ...hear that the Town Diner in Watertown is good, though not been there in ages.

          1. On the way to downtown from Revere is East Boston. There you'll find Santarpio's, which is either a dive or simply a place with character, depending on who you are, but I'd consider it a local landmark. Great pizza, cash only. I also like Caffe Italia in Eastie, really good Italian, cheaper than most of the North End (less than $20 per entree), great neighborhood flavor. Searching this board for East Boston will pop up a number of Salvadoran and Brazilian places that would fit the "cheap" bill as well.

            I can't get the Eastie Caffe Italia link to work, it's at 150 Meridian St in East Boston.

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            Santarpio's Pizza
            111 Chelsea St, Boston, MA 02128

            1. Buckowskis in the Back Bay is a good, cheap, divey type of place. Tasty mac & cheese, incredible sweet potatos fries and a delicious white trash dip. I also like Betty's Wok & Noodle, (symphony T station) which is a bit like a diner on steroids. Mostly stir fries, but they have some interesting appetizers and creative cocktails. Try the Blueberry Budda Bowl.

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              1. re: Pegmeister

                I thought of listing Bukowski's in my original post but its a bit hard to get over that every decent beer on tap is going to run you $7 a piece. But I do like their vegetarian meatballs. All in all I'd rather go to Anam Cara/Publick House in Brookline for a better tap selection, and better food (food is def. more pricey than buk's though)

                1. re: UrsusArctosHorribilis

                  I really like the mac & cheese at the Public House, I just wish they offered it at lunch time, and you right about the beer prices at Bukowskis. They also won't let you substitute sweet potato fries for regular fries, even if you offer to pay more.

              2. I don't see your New England post about Cape Cod, so just a quick note to say Pancake Man in South Yarmouth on Main St. (not far from the awesome Pirate Adventure miniature golf). You won't be sorry.
                http://www.pancakeman.com/next.html

                1. Thanks Kellys Roast Beef and Reginas are two that come up from many people I tell I am coming up that way. I will also post on the New England board for Cape Cod as well as Vermont/New Hampshire part of our trip