long time lurker, first time poster. Was wondering if some fellow hounds could help me out. I'm looking for something pretty specific here. Basically I want a place that my writing partner and I can hunker down for long hours, be a little loud, write, and tell raunchy jokes to each other without worrying about being listened in on by other people, fighting for seats, and getting kicked out because we finished eat two hours ago and the waiters wants to trade us out for new customers and more tip money (not that I blame them btw). Wireless is not necessary (and actually undesirable given our ADD issues). Outlets are a plus but aren't even completely necessary because I do a lot of writing in notebooks.
Here's what I'm NOT looking for: a coffee shop destination where you encounter boatloads of other writer types ala 18th Street Cafe in Santa Monica, Insomnia in Melrose area, Literati in Westwood, etc. Places where you have to be quiet, fight for outlets etc. I'm also not really concerned with food quality. Weird or interesting ambiance is a plus.
I know people are probably reticent to give away their secret finds, so I'll give away two of my favorite places in the hopes of spurring dialogue:
Clifton's Cafeteria in downtown. Food is kind of gross and overpriced, but it's amazing for so many reasons: Three levels of spaciousness. You can buy lunch at noon and hang out until close at 7:00 PM. Get a snack in the afternoon whenever you feel like it. Free coffee dispensers on every floor. Bizarre forest theme. Power outlets. Cons: parking is rough and pricy b/c it's downtown. Bathrooms are foul. Lots of stange customers (a plus for me, but maybe a con for others..)
Getty Museum Cafes: Food is good. Views are amazing. You can hang out and write all day and go check out art if you need a break. Parking is free if you're a student. Cons: only outlets I've found are in the research library where you have to be super quiet.
If anyone else has some good spots, I'd love to hear about them. I'm near Melrose/La Brea but locations don't have to be around there. thanks