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?Best study places near LAC+USC/Keck medical center, Los Feliz, downtown, or other

Restarting the best study-friendly restaurants, coffee shop, etc discussion for late summer 2013 (as places change/close) but moving the center of discussion to the USC health science area of LA - just east of downtown. However, any radius from there to Pasadena, Los Feliz, etc is fine.

I prefer large tables, quieter side, outlets (although getting better battery life with Surface RT), and Wi-Fi (ideally free). Excellent coffee and non-greasey food preferred.

Open until 11 pm ideal.

Also where to go on Friday / Saturday nights when the library closes early?

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  1. Can't study at Art's (BTW is that cucaracha hut across from the Big House still there?)...

    Many of the med students used to live in South Pasadena or Monterey Hills (not sure if that is still the trend). Carrows (in South Pas) used to be the destination for the purpose you seek (they were open 24-7, 'cuz erudite discussions on the histophysiology of the Loop of Henle didn't even commence until 3:15AM).

    But sadly, the information I have dates from the last millennium (literally) AKA the "Days When Giants Roamed the Earth", so I'm not sure if you Wi-Fi younglings will enjoy the same benefits.

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    1. re: J.L.

      Art's is still here. Only spot to get eggs after the LAC café closes for breakfast

    2. You all are hilarious.

      Guess what comes after medical school? Residency! So after you've studied your brains out in the library for 4 years (this is 4 years after undergraduate - which were also spent in the library), you go to work for 3+ years working up to 80 hours per week. Sometimes they are on home call and they don't want to go home on the west side only to drive back to the hospital on the East side when called back in.

      Yes, residents usually go home - but sometimes they need to read articles, study for the next never ending certification exam.

      La Mill in Silverlake is one option for Saturday after the library closes at 5 pm. The waiters all want to bounce around 7:30 ish though so I recommend closing your dinner tab, changing seats and reopening another tab with the next waiter.

      Some people just can't get work done at home. When your sick of being at work and at the library, the last (but least productive option) is a restaurant / coffee house.

      And for the former Keck SOM grads, the MDLs have been renovated - twice I think, since you graduated. Once after I graduated. I need to find a rich philanthropist who will make an outdoor study-friendly restaurant in LA that has waiters like La Mill, big tables, green plants - like a garden oasis like the now closed Coffee Table in Silverlake (but with outlets). And while we're dreaming, why not add little waterfalls to make running water noise for white noise.

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      1. re: medicine

        If I were you I'd be watching for places around the Silver Lake area. I remember, a couple of years ago, meeting someone to go over a project. He specifically chose this place because of what you're describing.
        I can't remember the name of the place, it was a very casual cafe, and we stayed for many hours until late in the evening.
        It was quiet and welcoming, the food was good and we drank lots and lots of great coffee.
        Now....if I could only remember the name and street. I think the area is common for what you're looking for.

        1. re: latindancer

          the coffee table on Rowena closed when the owners sold - kick the business renters out. the building is now leveled.

        2. re: medicine

          Back when giants roamed the earth, residents would work 108+ hour weeks.

          1. re: J.L.

            My two recs for Literati and Novel Cafe were deleted, so I'll mention them again here. Traffic from/to Brentwood to HSC at 11PM should be negligible.... ;)

        3. Aaron is that you?
          I don't have any ideas for you, but maybe a zagat search would be helpful.

          1. Folks, we've had to remove quite a few unfriendly and off topic replies from this thread. If you have suggestions that meet the original poster's criteria please post them. Otherwise please pass this thread by.

            1. Cafe Tropical in Silver Lake. Turbocharged coffee, free wifi and (limited) power outlets on the Sunset Blvd side of the restaurant.

              I work here - mostly lots of reading on my iPad - at least eight hours/week.

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              1. re: JeMange

                but where to go for some tasty food too?

                I was told maybe Sidewalk in Los Feliz

                1. re: echoparkdirt

                  While I wouldn't call Tropical a food-forward destination, they've got solid egg sandwiches and a pretty tasty cuban sandwich.

              2. In Downtown, in the arts district Urth is open till 11p and Cafe Dulce in Little Tokyo until 10p.

                Near USC, I LOVE nature's brew... not open late, until 8p... but its a student studying paradise and the food there is fab. I'm there all the time...

                In Monterrey Park, Cafe de Baristas. SGV coffee shops are great to study... because everyone there does...

                In Los Feliz, I would recommend Ramekin. It's a dessert place, but the desserts are REALLY good. Open late... until 1a on weekends...

                In Pasadena, the newly opened Copa Vida is also great. There is a backroom which is great to study groups...

                --Dommy!