Cole's

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Photograph: Courtesy Cole's
Downtown

Whether you're a Philippe's fan or Cole's believer, the real question is—do you dip? Originators of the French Dip (or at least they claim to be), Cole's sits in the same Downtown location since 1908 when it opened its doors as the city's first public house inside the Pacific Electric railway station. Today, the booze is still flowing—pick your poison amid a selection of classic cocktails and brews on draft—and diners can order up hearty, beef jus-dipped French Dip sandwiches. There are also happy hour (Tue 11am-close; Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri 3-7pm) specials at recession prices like $5 well drinks and $5 1/2 dip sandwich plus fries.

Venue name: Cole's
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Address: 118 E Sixth St
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Sun-Wed 11am-10pm; Thu 11am-11pm; Fri, Sat 11-1am

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Michael J
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This place just oozes old school cool. It's right on the edge of a sort of sketchy area of Downtown, but this particular street and restaurant feels straight out of the early 1900s. I love the French dip here, especially with a side of spicy garlic fries. The fries aren't too spicy, but be aware that the atomic mustard most definitely is. The drinks are great here, too (there's a speakeasy bar in the back of the restaurant). And make sure to come by during happy hour to grab a real cheap Old Fashioned and feel like you're Don Draper.