Photograph: Courtesy Cole's

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
Address: 118 E Sixth St
Los Angeles

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