Cole's Pacific Electric Buffet
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Reviews by Rumrunner:
3.85/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $
Step back in time. Cole's still feels like it is 1908. The year the restaurant opened. Cole's is also a California historic landmark.
Located in the historic part of down town los angeles, Coles is slightly below street level. A large old sign is above the door. The atmosphere is untouched historic. Wooden bar, booths, checkered floor. The two dimly lit rooms on either end of the restaurant, evoke images of fat-cat bankers and power brokers, with watch-fobs, top hats and cuban cigars having lunch and making deals. I almost felt that the walls were trying to talk and tell the history of the place. Above the visible kitchen are the prices for food from the past. .20 side dishes. If you like old time historic, this place oozes of it.
Cole's claims to be the originator of the French Dip sandwich. That is what they are famous for. There are other items on the menu but for the main course I would recommend one of their dipped sandwiches. The side dishes are well prepared. I had the side of veggies and potatoes with my sandwich.
Ordering food is done at the counter. The menu is on the wall to the left of the kitchen. Place your order with the cook, step to the right and pay for your order and then take a seat. Ordering alcohol is done at the bar. I sat at the bar and my food was brought to me. The servers were friendly and pleasant. A couple of them were certainly getting on in years and they may move a bit slow so be patient.
The beer selection is okay. Chimay on tap and in the bottle. Spatan and a couple of others on tap. They also have bass and a small bottle selection. They do have a full bar for the non beer drinker. The website lists the beers on the menu but I don't think it is up to date.
They don't carry any beer to rush down there for, but it is great that they carry some quality beers. Check this place out for the atmosphere and the food.
Note: There are plenty of parking lots on 6th street and around Cole's. For a price of course.
02-21-2006 00:12:11 | More by Rumrunner
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3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I believe this is the first review since Cole's was "remodeled".
Very appealing atmosphere: sort of San Francisco gold rush saloon especially in the bar. Lots of dark wood, memorabilia, stained glass, tile floor etc.
Service was efficient but had no interest in beer. In fact, this really wouldn't qualify as a beer bar. Only four taps and some more in bottles. I had a Spaten lager for $6 a pint.
The sandwiches are excellent and live up to the advertising. I had the roast beef on baguette; it was huge and more than I could finish for $8 with a side of potato salad ($3 more).
Go here for the food and ambience but look elsewhere for beer.
04-04-2009 00:50:53 | More by joedon
4.43/5 rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $
The originators of the french dip sandwich have maintained an historic atmosphere enjoyed by business types and bohemian wannabes. On certain Friday nights Cole's hosts local bands, bringing in hordes of brit-poppers and local artists who show up to enjoy the Chimay and the Spaten Optimator. During the day you can bump into people in suits having lunch from the tasty buffet and getting away from their high-rise offices, or just the regulars in their casual attire and thick beards enjoying the beer right at the bar.
The beer is served ice cold. I managed to snag an Oktoberfest that they were hiding in the fridge. The french dip subs are truly superb, best enjoyed with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies.
I don't know a whole lot about beer, but I know that I've never been disappointed with their Spatens, either draft or bottled, and the Chimay is quite the popular choice.
05-17-2004 20:21:28 | More by emilystrange1
Cole's Pacific Electric Buffet in Los Angeles, CA
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