Philippe the Original
At the downtown historic landmark established in 1908, the Wi-Fi is free, the booths are private, and the in-house cowboy coffee is still a whopping 45¢. Settle yourself (and your sketch pad) in a worn wooden booth where Bukowski once sat or head upstairs to one of the quieter rooms with a classic French dip. From the candy counter to the lunch lines, the bustling sawdust-strewn establishment is a revolving door of characters and faces, so be prepared to insert potential story lines into your working novel.
Daily, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.