I'm visiting LA for the first time tomorrow and looking for some suggestions.
1) Casual places for breakfast, lunch, and late night drinks and bites in walking distance of the Sea Shore Motel (Main St at Ocean Park Blvd). Looking for places I can sit at the bar or feel comfortable at a small table by myself. Take out or food trucks are good too. For drinks, a selection of Cali microbrews on tap is a plus.
2) Comfortable coffeeshops or other places with WiFi where I can get some work done. Great coffee (not drip) and real espresso pulls a plus.
3) Ideas for nicer dinners anywhere around town. I'm especially interested in types of cuisines and preparations that are hard to find or not as good on the East Coast -- I'm visiting from Philadelphia and NYC restaurants are accessible to me.
I don't want anything super high-end, but besides that price is not really a concern. However, appropriate quality for the money is always appreciated and I'm not really interested in places that put style over substance.