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cujo Sep 27, 2013 01:26 PM

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? .

  1. JAB Jan 10, 2014 06:23 AM

    I was at Urth this morning (those pecan sticky buns are literally going to be the cause of my death) behind 2 Highway Patrol and 1 Sheriff and they have a 5% discount for "Fire / Police" programmed into their system.

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      Thor123 Jan 8, 2014 02:44 PM

      Just had lunch at the Water Grill in Santa Monica. A cop was just finishing as we came in. When he finished, I saw him pay his bill. After he left I asked the server if cops got a deal (seems a bit pricy for most cops lunch). She said no, they always pay full boat, but that the manager really appreciates cops (appropriately so), and goes out of his way to pay special attention to them when they come in.

      Hate this topic, but keep coming back.

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        Servorg Jan 8, 2014 02:58 PM

        I did ask my brother about this the other day (he was a reserve patrol officer with the LAPD for 22 years - which means he didn't get paid but he had to go through the Police Academy training just like all officers and carried a sidearm as well - and he said that lunch while on patrol was either free, or some nominal amount of money.

        Since the officer you talked to had absolutely no way of knowing who you were, or what your business or professional affiliation might be, I would take his answer on this subject with a very large grain of salt.

        I don't begrudge this practice of free or very cheap food for patrol or motor offices even one little bit.

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          Thor123 Jan 8, 2014 03:06 PM

          Actually, I was not talking to the cop. I would have assumed (particularly there) that he got comped or a discount. I saw him pay so I knew he did not get comped. The person I spoke with was my server and she did not strike me as being on guard or covering anything. I was surprised.

          If it had been the officer himself, I would agree on the huge grain of salt.

          As an aside, I could not care less if he got comped or discounted.

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            wienermobile Jan 8, 2014 03:07 PM

            My dad owned a small grocery store and would never charge the police for sodas and snacks to always keep them coming around and it worked.

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              Dirtywextraolives Jan 8, 2014 05:38 PM

              I think that's a smart business practice :)

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              TheOffalo Jan 8, 2014 03:07 PM

              He actually talked to the server after, not the cop. But I agree with your point.

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            Thor123 Dec 3, 2013 04:07 PM

            I was at a pizza joint in BH last week and spotted an officer having dinner. I told the guy at the counter that if the officer had not paid, I would like to pick up his meal in the holiday spirit. The counter man said he had not paid and that the owner would not let police or fire pay, they were always comped. I then struck up a conversation with the officer and told him about this post and asked if he thought cops ate especially well. In BH they do he said. He liked Italian and especially Il Pastio (which was not were we were).

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              kevin Dec 3, 2013 04:37 PM

              Il Pastio comps would amount to at least $60 per cop.

              What was the pizza joint in BH ?

              It sounds like it would be Mulberry St for some reason, ??????

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                Thor123 Dec 3, 2013 08:59 PM

                Ding, ding, ding. Personally, I am happy to have cops and fire fighters fed. I wouldn't do what they do for me.

            2. Monica Nov 26, 2013 12:21 PM

              I don't know about LAPD but I ate next to two NYPD officers eating big piles of fried rice at a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown NYC. It was really the biggest portion of fried rice I've ever seen and that particular restaurant was not famous for fried rice..so either it was the cheapest item on the menu or they got it for free. I was eating roasted duck and twin lobster dishes. I felt bad but they seemed to be happy and content with plain fried rice.

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                kevin Nov 26, 2013 12:40 PM

                What was the name of the restaurant ?

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                  Monica Nov 26, 2013 01:02 PM

                  Big wong or something like that. It was recommended by Chowhounders.

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                silverlakebodhisattva Nov 26, 2013 12:12 PM

                "other than good food": there's some sort of urban legend that patronage from big city cops, and truckers, are sure marks of culinary excellence. Judging by the places where I've seen LAPD/LASD dining regularly, not so much. The major factors seem to be, well ahead of great food:

                1) convenience 2) tradition/habit 3) portion size/price 4) accessibility/fast-exit-ability (i.e, if there's an emergency call, how fast can they be on the road?), THEN the food. I don't think that any LAPD patronage is intended as showing a "police presence" at the location.

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                  Thor123 Nov 25, 2013 01:37 PM

                  Just drove passed Norms by Pico and Sepulveda. At least 8 policy motorcycles parked outside.

                  By the way, I hate this topic and already am sorry for posting this.

                  1. PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 02:19 PM

                    I've been to California Chicken Cafe in Venice on Lincoln near Rose several times this month and have seen LAPD officers eating there at least three times.

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                      kevin Oct 30, 2013 03:47 PM

                      Decently tasty, quick, fast, cheap, and out of control.

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                        PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 03:48 PM

                        I agree with everything you said except the last part, which I'm not necessarily disagreeing with, but am just confused about... Explain "out of control".

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                          kevin Oct 30, 2013 03:53 PM

                          It's an Errol Morris film

                          "fast, cheap, and out of control"

                          A nonequitur, nonlogical progression if you will.

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                            PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 03:56 PM

                            "A non[s]equitur, nonlogical progression if you will." I think that should be the tagline of your Chowhound profile. :-)

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                              kevin Oct 30, 2013 04:05 PM

                              Hey Pete. That's not very nice.

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                                jessejames Oct 30, 2013 04:14 PM

                                kevin, this you?
                                http://www.kevineats.com/

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                                  Servorg Oct 30, 2013 04:16 PM

                                  wrong kevin

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                                    jessejames Oct 30, 2013 04:17 PM

                                    i liked the kimikatsu review -- that place sounds awesome... yeah the prose seemed a bit different in style, but a hound nevertheless...thanks

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                                    PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 04:18 PM

                                    Nope, but kevinEats has an account on CH: http://www.chow.com/profile/54503. Hasn't posted in over a year, though.

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                                      kevin Oct 30, 2013 05:15 PM

                                      Different Kevin. I think he goes be kevinh on this board.

                                      Anyhow, he's a much more highly esteemed hound than me and may be offended by the mixup. :)

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                                        jessejames Oct 31, 2013 09:18 AM

                                        esteem is overated--keep it up kevin

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                                          kevin Oct 31, 2013 10:34 AM

                                          Yeah, I could write much better prose. But on here, in the past couple heres, I've been writing usually mostly fucking Twitter/facebook soundbite style. No fucking joke.

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                                            jessejames Oct 31, 2013 10:40 AM

                                            ive gotton some good (fuckng) tips from you kevin, peter, porthos, jl,latindancer,dommy,thor,servorg (hope im not forgetting anyone right now) so ill say the rest of the gang -- very appreciated.

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                                              kevin Oct 31, 2013 10:47 AM

                                              These are some veteran hounds, I believe.

                                              Except maybe Pete, but Pete more than made up for it by his constant postings.

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                                                jessejames Oct 31, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                pete took his daughter to an oyster happy hour -- big props!

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                                                  kevin Oct 31, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                  Was this a hound get-together ?

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                                                    jessejames Oct 31, 2013 11:07 AM

                                                    him and his pup

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                                                      kevin Oct 31, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                      Oh, getting the ball rolling early on a future hound ?????

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                                                        PeterCC Oct 31, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                        Yep. At Littlefork (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/921436). It's pricey though, since I have to pay 100% of the cost, unlike a meet-up with someone else where I can split the bill. :-)

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                                                          kevin Oct 31, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                          Hahaha.

                                                          I hear you.

                                                          Didn't she go along for the ride to lunch or was it dinner at Shunji with you ?

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                                                            PeterCC Oct 31, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                            I took her once for lunch. I split my premium pieces of nigiri with her.

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                                                  PeterCC Oct 31, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                  I am on CH way too much.

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                                                    kevin Oct 31, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                    Same here.

                                                    fml.

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                                                      PeterCC Oct 31, 2013 12:02 PM

                                                      Let's do lunch sometime!

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                                                        kevin Oct 31, 2013 12:22 PM

                                                        Sure Pete.

                                                        Name the place, preferably sushi, of course.

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                                        PeterCC Oct 30, 2013 04:14 PM

                                        Sorry, it was just a joke. :-(

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                                          kevin Oct 30, 2013 05:15 PM

                                          Thanks. Apology accepted. :)

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                                silverlakebodhisattva Nov 26, 2013 11:57 AM

                                Also the CCC on Melrose, on Weds and Thurs nights.

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                                josephnl Oct 1, 2013 12:20 PM

                                Is it true that LAPD officers get their food comped?? I live in a large OC city, and often see cops eating...and always paying for their food. And recently at Arthur Avenue in the Bronx (a terrific Italian neighborhood), several of the take-out restaurants are so packed with firemen at lunchtime that the business would go broke if they comped them all (which they don't). They all paid!! So what's the truth about LAPD cops being regularly comped?

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                                  kevin Oct 1, 2013 12:28 PM

                                  They might be comped the proverbial cup of coffee and the donuts.

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                                    coll Oct 2, 2013 03:48 AM

                                    I wrote on this thread earlier but it was deleted for some reason. Where I used to work, cops weren't allowed to take comps, but we welcomed their business. So we charged $1 for breakfast and $3 for lunch, whatever they wanted. That was in the 1980s, so maybe a little more now. But it worked out well for all concerned.

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                                      josephnl Oct 2, 2013 06:43 AM

                                      I wonder if it's still true. In most jurisdictions, public employees are forbidden to take gifts (of course, except Congress)!

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                                        coll Oct 2, 2013 08:05 AM

                                        That's why they pay the nominal sum, so it's not a gift. And yeah, about Congress.

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                                    Thor123 Sep 30, 2013 03:03 PM

                                    Hard to believe this post is up to 95 replies. Police, Firefighters and Medics are some of the most noble people in our society, but where is this post going?

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                                      kevin Sep 30, 2013 03:25 PM

                                      I'm not sure, but I just posted in a non-houndly frame of mind too.

                                      What's the world coming to when we stop posting on fucking food on this site ????

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                                        SIMIHOUND Sep 30, 2013 03:28 PM

                                        They hang out at Country Deli in Chatsworth
                                        9901 Topanga Canyon Blvd
                                        Chatsworth, (818) 709-5612

                                        Good eats here. It isn't Brent's but it is good food. Open everyday and all holidays too from 6:30am until 9pm. The cops and especially firefighters always have their radios on btw.

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                                          kevin Sep 30, 2013 03:39 PM

                                          Anyone been to this dingy little coffee shoppe in Woodland Hills, mabye a few blocks east of the jerry's deli ????

                                          Do you happen to get the drift of where I'm talking about ?

                                          For some reason, I passed by it and thought it might be half-way decent yet way too simple.

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                                            mucho gordo Sep 30, 2013 04:28 PM

                                            I'm puzzled. The only place I can think of that fits your description somewhat its the one just west of Desoto ; Stanley's, I think it is/was called

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                                              kevin Sep 30, 2013 04:45 PM

                                              I can't quite believe it. I may have found it.

                                              http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/bobbys...

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                                                mucho gordo Sep 30, 2013 05:23 PM

                                                It's actually about a mile west of jerry's deli

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                                                  kevin Sep 30, 2013 05:32 PM

                                                  Shit, my bad.

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                                                    kevin Sep 30, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                    No wonder why you couldn't find it.

                                                    Anyhow it does not look too promising from the pictures though what are your thoughts on Bobby's Coffee Shop ???

                                                    Thanks man.

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                                                      mucho gordo Sep 30, 2013 06:15 PM

                                                      Well, it ain't haute cuisine but it does look good for what it is; hearty home-style appetite satisfying food. They seem to do a good business.

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                                              ozhead Oct 30, 2013 10:39 PM

                                              I see cops fairly often at Nat's West Coffee Shop, on Topanga a block north of Roscoe -- just a few blocks from the police station on Roscoe between Topanga and Canoga.

                                              I have seen the cops paying, so I assume they're not there to get comped. They are probably there for the food, which is excellent; plus they have house-made sausage, house-made jams, house-made salsa, and house-made muffins and terrific cinnamon rolls.

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                                                kevin Oct 31, 2013 10:24 AM

                                                Sounds good, I will have to hit it up myself. Housemade muffins and cinnamon rolls ????????

                                                So fucking there.

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                                            granadafan Sep 29, 2013 10:55 AM

                                            I see cops, firefighters, ambulance, etc a lot at King Torta in Boyle Heights.

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                                              westsidegal Sep 29, 2013 01:17 PM

                                              i can speak about ambulance drivers/attendants because my daughter IS ONE.

                                              they squeeze in food wherever and whenever they are posting (waiting for dispatch to send them to the next call).

                                              they will buy any cheap/quick food in the area in which they are posting, and, normally, they will be grateful if there is ANY cheap/quick food available.

                                              dispatch does not allow ambulances to go tooling around town in order to get "better" food.
                                              they are considedered to be "on duty" every minute of their 12 hour shift (which, if things are busy, can end up being extended to more than 12 hours).
                                              pursuing good food is not considered part of the job.
                                              hell, pursuing ANY food is not considered to be part of the job.
                                              dispatch doesn't give a flying fig if the driver/attendant is a chowhound or not.

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                                                Hobbert Sep 29, 2013 01:22 PM

                                                Yep, same as cops. I eat slightly better now (as a volunteer) than I did when I was a paid medic since I'm at a slower station but, yeah, we eat when it's convenient and quick. I keep granola bars in my work bag and my EMS bag. Ya'll watch too much TV if you think we're sitting down for 3 course meals. What I order is often a function of what's available when we have a minute. And there simply is no leaving our response area to get better food. Many of us are chowhounds but not at work...

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                                                  kevin Sep 29, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                  Very very very true.

                                                  And for some of us being a hound is the bane of your existence for various reasons.

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                                                    westsidegal Sep 30, 2013 02:58 PM

                                                    in my daughter's company they "sometimes" get a thirty minute lunch break (just try to explore a strange neighborhood, find food, eat food, find a restroom, etc. within 30 minutes).

                                                    other times, they are told they should start their 30 minute break, they find the closest mc donald's and place their order, and they are called away before the order is ready.

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                                                      granadafan Sep 30, 2013 08:25 PM

                                                      Westsidegal, please pass on the appreciation we have for the job your daughter is doing to help keep us all safe and for saving lives. Perhaps people in the emergency services would appreciate the hints people give about little hole in the wall places that serve cheap, fast, and GOOD food. I hope they don't all eat too unhealthy though, as a former college student, I can appreciate choosing quick and cheap over quality per se.

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                                                        westsidegal Sep 30, 2013 08:40 PM

                                                        thank you.
                                                        i will relay your message.

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                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 30, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                      I never see my firefighters out at any restaurant. I always run into them at the various grocery stores by my house, shopping for their meals to make at the station. I love how they all cook and shop,they are always very friendly when I ask them what's for dinner that night.

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                                                        mucho gordo Sep 30, 2013 01:42 PM

                                                        Exactly, DWEO. We would always see them shopping at the Ralph's on Topanga/Ventura or grab a quick bite across the street at Boulevard Burger.

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                                                          linus Sep 30, 2013 02:44 PM

                                                          i see firefighters at restaurants all the time. they just park their big ass truck anywhere, and either eat in or take out.
                                                          of course, the radios are usually on their hip and turned on.

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                                                        LuluTheMagnificent Sep 29, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                        Yes, please tell me where they eat so I can avoid these places at all costs.

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                                                          Hobbert Sep 29, 2013 07:58 AM

                                                          I'll weigh in. I'm a patrol cop but not LAPD. We don't get free meals and can't accept them anyway. We eat at restaurants for a couple reasons- the service is quick, the food is decent, the place is clean, and I haven't locked up anyone who works there. That's it. The bar is pretty low. And we don't get a "lunch break"- we keep an eye on unit statuses throughout the day and grab something when call volume is low. Easy for us since we ride alone- I imagine it takes a bit more planning if you have a partner. Also, I'm a bit curious as to why you want to know where cops eat? You didn't clearly say in your OP and there are certainly those who would use this info for ill intent...

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                                                            Servorg Sep 29, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                            Here is a link http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20... to a Q & A with Mike Haro of Southland covering a lot of this territory.

                                                            I think your last sentence is something from a very bad t.v. show pitch meeting.

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                                                              Hobbert Sep 29, 2013 08:40 AM

                                                              Haha it was a polite way to ask why he's asking for known locations with high law enforcement presence. Curiosity? Maybe. Planning a cop killing? Equally as possible. Bottom line- cops eat crap and we eat it quick. It's not that interesting. And thanks for the link but I don't live in LA so have no frame of reference for those places.

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                                                                Servorg Sep 29, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                                "Curiosity? Maybe. Planning a cop killing? Equally as possible."

                                                                The last part of this statement is the reason why teaching about Occam's Razor http://www.medrants.com/archives/2315 needs to be a requirement in every school in the US of A.

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                                                                  Hobbert Sep 29, 2013 08:49 AM

                                                                  Your link didn't work for me but I'm assuming you're referring to the idea that the simplest answer is often true. Both deductions are equally simple to me but, then, they would be. Hopefully, the OP is just an oddly curious guy.

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                                                                    cujo Sep 29, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                    The OP is a foodly curious female.

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                                                                      Hobbert Sep 29, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                      Sorry! I shouldn't have assumed since I'm also female with a random CH name.

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                                                                cujo Sep 29, 2013 09:33 AM

                                                                Thanks for the link. Very informative info.

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                                                                latindancer Sep 29, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                I believe it all began with a discussion, on another thread, about Langer's.
                                                                Langer's equals 'bad area' therefore LAPD density.
                                                                Not my view by any means.

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                                                                  Hobbert Sep 29, 2013 08:42 AM

                                                                  Ah, that makes a bit more sense. Thanks!

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                                                                    kevin Sep 29, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                    Well. For some reason, urban legend has it that police officers eat where the food is good.

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                                                                      cujo Sep 29, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                      Correct, again!

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                                                                        latindancer Sep 29, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                        <urban legend>

                                                                        Yes, it is.

                                                                        Mostly for convenience but sometimes the food is actually okay.

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                                                                          westsidegal Sep 29, 2013 10:42 AM

                                                                          in my younger days i spent three years working in the criminal justice system.

                                                                          you are correct kevin, it is just urban legend.

                                                                          during the time i worked with them, i saw no evidence that would support the idea that cops (as opposed to the brass) gravitate to good food as their priority.
                                                                          convenience? yes
                                                                          price? yes
                                                                          speed of service and of consumption? yes? actual good food only came into play if two restaurants were practically next to each other and had similar "scores" on the other criteria and one had better food than the other.

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                                                                            latindancer Sep 29, 2013 10:51 AM

                                                                            Good to know, westsidegal.

                                                                            I can't tell you how many times, on a quick lunch break in either DT LA or the westside where the food was just 'okay', an incoming call on a cellphone and the place is in a complete uproar for a few seconds with uniforms flying out the door.
                                                                            It seemed like the waitstaff was sort of used to it....telling me they're most likely regulars.

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                                                                              Hobbert Sep 29, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                              Yup. You've hit the nail on the head. I won't go anywhere where the food is actually bad but the standards are definitely lower on work days!

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                                                                                cujo Sep 29, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                I disagree. The percentage of LAPD who choose to eat chow worthy food is the same as the general population.

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                                                                                  James Cristinian Sep 29, 2013 12:03 PM

                                                                                  Why would they settle for subpar food since it's all comped, right?

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                                                                                    cujo Sep 29, 2013 12:11 PM

                                                                                    Comp or no comp, they mirror the civilian population.

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                                                                                      James Cristinian Sep 29, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                      I agree with that, but on the job I would think they are looking for convenience rather than a nice meal.

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                                                                                        westsidegal Sep 29, 2013 12:24 PM

                                                                                        and, in my experience, chow hounds are definitely in the minority in the civilian population.

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                                                                                          James Cristinian Sep 29, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                          It sounds as though you've been to my workplace.

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                                                                                      westsidegal Sep 29, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                      choosing to eat chow worthy food when you are off duty and have the time and luxury to pursue and enjoy it, is one thing.

                                                                                      when you are on duty and need to stay AVAILABLE at a moment's notice and need to stay in a particular geographic area and need to keep your partner (who often is NOT a chowhoud) happy, is yet another

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                                                                                        cujo Sep 29, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                        Chow worthy food can be a quick meal, as well as a leisurely one. Expensive or inexpensive. Dine In or To Go.
                                                                                        People who enjoy good food are in all segments of our population. Preference for good food is not limited to the affluent and sophisticated.

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                                                                                      kevin Sep 29, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                                                      Good point. It's the "brass" (I always find that term funny like we are talking about an orchestra) that has the time and more of the money to wine and dine especially if it's for broader commissional police work at the top echelons such as probably the master plan for the department and stuff like that.

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                                                                                      James Cristinian Sep 29, 2013 11:06 AM

                                                                                      A bit off topic but another urban legend is truckers know the best places. Not the guys that deliver where I work.

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                                                                                        Hobbert Sep 29, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                        I've heard that one and haven't really found it to be true. If an 18 wheeler can park there, it's probably not awesome. I've heard the same about postal workers but doubt that's true either. So, who do you ask??

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                                                                                      latindancer Sep 29, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                      You're welcome.

                                                                                      It does make more sense, given the context.

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                                                                                    MrsPatmore Dec 3, 2013 04:26 PM

                                                                                    Thank you for your service, Hobbert. First responders can never get enough thanks in my book.

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                                                                                    Robert Thornton Sep 28, 2013 08:31 PM

                                                                                    Palermo's on Vermont

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                                                                                      Dirtywextraolives Sep 28, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                                                      Which division?

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                                                                                        cujo Sep 28, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                                        Doesn't matter which division. Just post the restaurant names and area of the city. Some people may not know the division names, but they will know the neighborhods.

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                                                                                          Dirtywextraolives Sep 28, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                                                          Hollenbeck - el Tepeyac

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                                                                                            JAB Sep 28, 2013 11:19 PM

                                                                                            Hollenback detectives = La Serenata de Garibaldi.

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                                                                                            kevin Sep 28, 2013 11:04 PM

                                                                                            Poquito Mas.

                                                                                            I've seen cops there all the time as well as firefighters.

                                                                                            Marty's Home of the Combo.

                                                                                            Langer's.

                                                                                            Pacific Dining car though it's more detectives in the early morning hours. But it's a pretty good breakfast for downtown LA.

                                                                                            Nicks. And NIcks was owned by veteran LAPD detectives a few years back.

                                                                                            The other Nicks.

                                                                                            Pann's.

                                                                                            And Shunjis. Though that must have been one pretty fucking houndly cop.

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                                                                                              cujo Sep 29, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                                              Kevin - Great list. Pacific Dining Car is where crime writer James Elroy regularly met with detectives to gather info about the mystery of his Mother's murder.
                                                                                              Contrary to popular belief, there are more 'houndly cops' than we realize. They know which places have the best food in their division and prefer owner operated over the usual chains like Denny's, IHOP, etc..

                                                                                        2. PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                                                          Norm's.

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                                                                                            ns1 Sep 27, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                            - Hot Wok, North Hollywood. Most likely due to #2.

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                                                                                              Galen Sep 27, 2013 04:50 PM

                                                                                              LAPD eat in Thaitown and Chinatown all the time. They always got a bill and always paid.

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                                                                                                JAB Sep 27, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                                That's right, Hop Li specifically in China Town.

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                                                                                                  mc michael Sep 28, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                                  Some like the slippery shrimp at Yang Chow.

                                                                                                2. ipsedixit Sep 27, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                                                                  Nick's in DTLA

                                                                                                  Police Academy Cafeteria (or is that too obvious?)

                                                                                                  Uncle John's

                                                                                                  Denny's (on Wilshire/Western)

                                                                                                  1. Servorg Sep 27, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                                    Depends on the division. A lot of Pacific division (Culver Blvd. at Centinela) motor officers (and patrol officers as well) eat in the back area of Pepy's Galley on Venice Blvd. at Grandview in Mar Vista.

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                                                                                                      cookie monster Sep 27, 2013 05:25 PM

                                                                                                      Yes, it seems like there's always a collection (sorry - flock) of motorcycle officers at Pepy's Galley.

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                                                                                                        jgilbert1000 Sep 30, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                                                                        I see alot of WLA officers at Poquito Mas at Westwood and Olympic, plus alot of LAFD too.

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                                                                                                          kevin Sep 30, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                                          Yes, see above, gilbert.

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                                                                                                        Thor123 Sep 27, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                                                        Pollo a las Brasas

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                                                                                                          carter Sep 27, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                                                          Nearly any donut shop or 7-11.

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                                                                                                            mc michael Sep 27, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                            Cops go to Starbucks or CB&TL now.

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                                                                                                              Dommy Sep 27, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                              There was a whole flock of them at Urth in the Arts District a couple of weeks ago, sittin the patio... sipping their iced teas... As someone who has a dear relative in the LAPD... they are normal folks...

                                                                                                              --Dommy!

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                                                                                                                Ciao Bob Sep 27, 2013 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                My new band name - A Flock of Cops

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                                                                                                                  PeterCC Sep 27, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                  And I chased...
                                                                                                                  I chased all night and day.
                                                                                                                  I couldn't let them get away.

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                                                                                                                    kevin Sep 28, 2013 11:00 PM

                                                                                                                    Pete. That sounds like a parody of a song which one I can't tell at the moment.

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                                                                                                                      PeterCC Sep 28, 2013 11:20 PM

                                                                                                                      Flock of Seagulls - I Ran

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                                                                                                              mucho gordo Sep 29, 2013 10:47 AM

                                                                                                              Back in the 70's I owned a 7-11 in Van Nuys. I had a problem one night and needed the police. The police dept was 2 blocks away on Van Nuys Blvd but, knowing that it sometimes takes them a while to respond, I wisely called the Foster's donut shop on the next block and asked if there were any cops in there, please tell them to come here now. 3 of them walked into the store just as I hung up,

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                                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Sep 29, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                Hahaha, great story....!

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                                                                                                              OCSteve Sep 27, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                              Actually, many police departments have policies prohibiting the acceptance of gratuities, including meals. I know that LAPD had such a policy years ago. I can't imagine it's changed.

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                                                                                                                cujo Sep 27, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                In Los Angeles, on duty officers are comped at the discretion of the restaurant owner. It has been that way for at least 50 years.

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                                                                                                                  OCSteve Sep 27, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                  Excerpt from LAPD's policy manual...

                                                                                                                  "I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities."

                                                                                                                  There's more here for your reading pleasure:

                                                                                                                  http://www.lapdonline.org/lapd_manual...

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                                                                                                                    cujo Sep 27, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                                                    So how do you account for the presence of LAPD in some restaurants and not in others? Coincidence?
                                                                                                                    BTW some years back I served a year long internship at LAPD and went on many "ride alongs". We always ate well and free.
                                                                                                                    I am surprised that so many officers and restaurant owners are readily breaking the law. Please explain.

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                                                                                                                      mc michael Sep 27, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                      Ya gotta eat.

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                                                                                                                        OCSteve Sep 27, 2013 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                        Uh, good food? Convenience?

                                                                                                                        I simply stated that the policy exists in many departments. Before you edited your post, it stated that that is not the case in LA. It took me about 30 seconds to find language that there is, in fact, such a policy.

                                                                                                                        I know many police officers personally, and I none of them (LA, OC, IE) are in the habit of accepting free meals.

                                                                                                                        You seem to have a close association with the department, and you spent a lot of time there. I'm surprised you wouldn't know they had a policy in place. With your intimate knowledge, certainly you would be better qualified than I to explain the reason for the policy breaches.

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                                                                                                                          ns1 Sep 27, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                          Yeah, LAPD has a great track record of following their policies.

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                                                                                                                            OCSteve Sep 27, 2013 05:52 PM

                                                                                                                            I can't argue with you on that, it just hasn't been my personal experience.

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                                                                                                                          westsidegal Sep 27, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                                                                                          cujo: if you were eating free, those officers were flagrantly violating policy repeatedly.
                                                                                                                          there's your explanation.
                                                                                                                          can't understand why you would be surprised about this.

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                                                                                                                            mc michael Sep 27, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                                                            Well, but some dry cleaners give officers a rate on cleaning their uniforms.

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                                                                                                                            J.L. Sep 27, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                            Cops can be Hounds too! Go where the food is good!

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                                                                                                                              westsidegal Sep 27, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                                                                              whenever i ate with the police, it was the lowest-common-denominator non-houndish cops that usually held sway, not the houndish ones.
                                                                                                                              they would go to the places that were fastest, closest, and provided free or cheap food.
                                                                                                                              the issue of whether the food was actually GOOD rarely came up.

                                                                                                                              the last place i saw cops eating was FREEBIRDS in marina del rey. yes, they serve passable, inexpensive, quick, food that (important to me) has a known calorie count.
                                                                                                                              would i recommend freebirds to people on THIS board who have an entirely different set of criteria? probably not.

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                                                                                                                                mc michael Sep 29, 2013 07:17 AM

                                                                                                                                Who was that cop that used to post here? Chris somebody?

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                                                                                                                                  PommeDeGuerre Sep 30, 2013 03:31 AM

                                                                                                                                  Chris Cognac, aka The Hungry Detective.

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                                                                                                                                    mc michael Sep 30, 2013 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                    That's right. He's a hound.

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                                                                                                                                      kevin Sep 30, 2013 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                      I forgot to mention this guy.

                                                                                                                                      Though I thought his nom de guer was the Culinary Detective.

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                                                                                                                                        kevin Sep 30, 2013 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                        And he introduced me to B and R burgers.

                                                                                                                                        Though his blog went the way of the dinosaur a few years back.

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                                                                                                                                          Servorg Sep 30, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                                          Too bad the name of that place wasn't B & E...(in this "case")

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                                                                                                                                            kevin Sep 30, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                            B and E ????

                                                                                                                                            I don't get what you are gettin at here.

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                                                                                                                                              OCSteve Sep 30, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                                              Breaking and entering.

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                                                                                                                                      malibumike Sep 29, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                                                                                      I think where a cop is stationed has a lot to do with their being satisfied with their eats, lets face it some areas are a wasteland for good food and it isn't only cops, just follow around city workers, cops, firemen, DWP, etc. to find the good places. You'll find many at places like Eastside Market Italian Deli that give good portions of great tasting food at reasonable prices.

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                                                                                                                                        The Chowhound Team Dec 4, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                        Folks, we've removed a bunch of posts from this thread that were debating whether cops (and CPAs) are generally good, bad or indifferent. It's an interesting question, but not a food question.

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                                                                                                                                          Monica Dec 4, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                                          It's an interesting question, but not a good question..LOL

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                                                                                                                            mc michael Sep 27, 2013 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                            The Police Academy (you can eat there too), Nick's, Palermo's, Eastside Deli, El Tepeyac, Tito's Tacos.

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                                                                                                                              cujo Sep 27, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                              I know where the Police Academy is. Where is Palermo's and Eastside Deli?

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                                                                                                                                mc michael Sep 27, 2013 02:04 PM

                                                                                                                                Actually, the correct name is Eastside Market, 1013 Alpine St. Palermo's is at 1858 Vermont.

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                                                                                                                                  mc michael Sep 27, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                                                                                  An alternative to Eastside Market is Busy Bee Market in San Pedro.

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                                                                                                                                    Discokill Sep 29, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                                                                                                    Second on Eastside market, safest place in LA at lunch time so long as you have no problem being in a room filled with holstered weapons.

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                                                                                                                                  latindancer Sep 27, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                  Yep El Tepeyac for sure...where I eat regularly.

                                                                                                                                  I would never consider this restaurant 'high crime' and every single one of the cops I've had the pleasure of sitting next to (they're pretty nice guys) have received checks which they pay and leave tips just like the rest of us.
                                                                                                                                  I've always felt comfortable, welcome and enjoy the food....with or without the LAPD present.

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