It was a big week for star-watching in L.A. restaurants. Paula Abdul and Slash ate in separate corners of Casa Vega following another visit by Vivica Fox, who is said to squire her young and studly prey here on occasion. Over at Koi, Jennifer Hudson was supping with her girlfriends, while Ryan Phillippe ruled the patio with a gang of guys, though it sounds like the two crews failed to make beautiful music together. A who’s who of American Idol powers like J. Lo, Ryan Seacrest, and Carrie Underwood rallied for Simon Fuller at The Living Room and over at Public Kitchen, our pal Ludacris ate into the late-night, while Top Cheffer Alex Reznik caught up on some drinking, and NFL quarterback Matt Leinart played the mack. See where else celebs have been eating, drinking, and exploring their rights to congregate this week in our celebrity settings roundup, below. Here’s wishing you a great holiday weekend. We’ll see you Tuesday!
Casa Vega: Vivica Fox loves this joint. She was back last Wednesday for chile con queso. On Sunday night, Paula Abdul straight up had a Ceasar salad. Slash dined nearby on the same night. [Grub Street]
Koi: Ryan Philippe tried to keep it low-key during a guy’s night on the town, but was seated prominently on the patio. Bummer, now he has to deal with dozens of hot girls hitting on him. Speaking of hot stuff, Jennifer Hudson was also there with friends eating some creamy rock shrimp. [People]
Napa Valley Grille: A pregnant Jessica Alba came to a group rehearsal dinner at the restaurant on Friday night with her husband. She ate a Caesar salad and striped bass, and sources tell us she was sipping wine. It’s okay, that never hurt us…we think. [Grub Street]
Public Kitchen: Ludacris kept the restaurant open late on Saturday night, while Alex Reznik sipped cocktails at the bar and The NFL’s Matt Leinart charmed a group of ladies. [Grub Street]
Rocksugar Pan Asian Kitchen: Taylor Swift was spotted eating samosas, fried rice, and drinking sangria with a pal. Both stopped to say thanks to the chef before leaving. [Grub Street]
The Living Room at The W Hotel: Simon Fuller, producer and creator of the American Idol franchise, got a Hollywood star on Tuesday morning and chased it with a stop here, where he was joined by J. Lo, Randy Jackson, Mark Anthony, Carrie Underwood, and Ryan Seacrest. [Grub Street]
The Market at Santa Monica Place: Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest were among the crowd at Saturday’s grand-opening event with dancers from Dancing with the Stars. Rumor is Guest is a "fish-nut" who prefers cod and tuna because, well, "no bones!" [Grub Street]