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Cobblestone, Cheese souffle, and coffee @Panera | Photo by Lindsay William-Ross/LAist

Occasionally breakfast-time can't be a thing of luxury. Granted, it's the most important meal of the day, but it's also not something we all get to sit down for and order up a spread of tantalizing goodness, particularly if its a weekday and there are things that need to get done. Breakfast criteria then equals: Coffee, sustenance, and free wireless internet.

This is how I ended up at Panera in Studio City, laptop unfolded and my fast ready to be broken. The bakery chain, which has 73 locations in the state of California alone, caters to the carb-craving workaholic (or, as was the case in Studio City, screenwriters recently allowed to pick their pencils MacBooks up again). Bread and pastries at reasonable prices abound on the menuboard, and they offer free refills on coffee, which made this caffeine junkie's veins tingle with glee: "I can haz lotz of coffeeeee?" Ahh, yes.