When you see on duty LAPD officers dining in a particular restaurant, there are three important reasons (other than good food):
1. The restaurant and neighborhood has a high crime volume and the owner has red flagged his business for frequent visits from LAPD.
2. On duty officers get their meals comped, as well they should.
3. It sends a warning message to criminals to keep out, while reassuring customers they can safely enjoy their meal..
I have seen uniformed LAPD at Langer's on Alvarado & 7th and Piper's Coffee Shop on Western Ave below Santa Monica Blvd.. Which restaurants have you observed routine police presence? .