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Drew Barrymore at Ocean Seafood in Chinatown

At first I was dismissive since Ocean Seafood is not a place where a lot of the people on this board would want to be seen. However, upon further reflection given how the only Chinese restaurant where celebrities seem to dine is Mr. Chow (except for Tommy Lasorda at Paul's Kitchen), I now think Drew Barrymore deserves special recognition for slumming it.

Anybody know of other Chinese restaurants frequented by celebs?


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  1. I have seen celebs quietly dining at Changs in Brentwood.

    1. More photos of DB on Sunday:


      I don't think she is endorsing. I think this is more a giving into pregnancy cravings as she is about to pop.

      1. With a nod to the old real estate adage "location - location - location" I strongly doubt that anyplace serving Chinese food (using the term very loosely) in Los Angeles will ever out do The Formosa Cafe on Santa Monica Blvd. for celebs.

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        1. re: Servorg

          They've quite a photo gallery there, but aren't most of them dead?

          1. re: Chandavkl

            "They've quite a photo gallery there, but aren't most of them dead?"

            Not if you get AMC or TCM...

              1. re: kevin

                American Movie Classics, Turner Classic Movies.

        2. Only tangentially related.... Wasn't Drew Barrymore also spotted at Jitlada when it started to become more widely discussed? I think she prob has better taste than most celebs?

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          1. re: ilysla

            Never knew she liked Jitlada.

            1. re: ilysla

              If Jazz Singsanong's Instagram is any indication, there's probably a celeb every night at Jitlada. It's often frequented by Ryan Gosling, Aziz Ansari, etc.

              1. re: TheOffalo

                As a matter of fact the last time I ate at Jitlada with the Offalo we saw a young star from the small screen - Jesse's girlfriend Jane from Breaking Bad...SPICY!

                1. re: TheOffalo

                  Matt Groenig is there about once a week.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Just saw Matt Groenig at Wurstkache Venice too.

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      Matt is a Hound. He did an interview with the LA Times in 2000 and gave Chowhound a BIG shout out. That's how Dommy found the site. I had the chance to meet him through my work and I joked that he was in part responsible for my then upcoming marriage.

                      "And I love a site called Chowhound, which is an enthusiastic gourmand Web site that has discussions of great food all around the country. It's the anti-Zagat's, for people who like food a little spicier."


                  2. re: TheOffalo

                    I wonder if they get the same ultra-slow and bizarrely indifferent service that the rest of us get....

                    1. re: ilysla

                      I thought the service we got was fine. Not amazing but not poor.

                    1. Anybody know of other Chinese restaurants frequented by celebs?

                      Yang Chow (Chinatown)

                      1. Don't know about other Chinese restaurants w/celebs, but I've seen Drew at El Coyote several times. Twice with Ed Norton, when they were together.

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                        1. re: jesstifer

                          El Coyote ????? You say ?????

                          Then she must have great taste when it comes to food.

                          1. re: kevin

                            She obviously likes places with a little bit of that ineluctable LA atmosphere. My kinda gal.

                            The list of celebs I've seen there would be a very long post!

                        2. There are a few pictures of Chinese celebrities on the wall of the Duck House restaurant in Monterey Park, but I have no idea who they are.

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                          1. re: raytamsgv

                            Is Duck House the joint that primarily serves ramen and other sundry noodle dishes rather than the eponymous duck preparations ???????

                            Also, what's the name of the beer bar that opens in the evenings almost right down the block from it ????


                            1. re: kevin

                              No, this is the Duck House restaurant on Atlantic Blvd. in Monterey Park. I believe you are referring to the one on Las Tunas in San Gabriel/unincorporated Los Angeles County.

                              1. re: raytamsgv

                                Thanks man.

                                I just realized that.

                                My bad.