I grew up on the one in Thai town in its first incarnation. It was not even half the size, decorated with magical white twinkle lights, stage lights pointed at a stage that birthed the LA icon that is known through the internets as "The Singing Asian Elvis." And YES, his voice is creepily a dead ringer for the dead dude version's.
ANYWAY, new Palms is like the old Palms, only it's expanded into something quite larger and is so super close the the Hollywood Hipster scene (ya know, around the Hollywood and Vine area) that I was kinda scared that my fLavorite Thai restaurant would lose its touch.
But same twinkle lights, same stage, same Elvis -- with more variety of local cover talents -- and the food... is generally the same. Also -- same uber efficient servers clad head-to-toe in black with headsets. The crowd... a little Whiter, more Hollywood scenesters, but you can see the old regulars had followed the move as well.
All in all pretty nom nommy Thai food -- full flavored without the grease, generous in its portions of meat, and yet somehow (even with its more upscale location) is able to keep the prices more than reasonable. That, and the live entertainment and twinkle lights are a plus. I've got a weakness for twinkle lights.
To be honest, its new location is kind of a turn off -- because now I feel like I gotsa dress cute and crap instead of schlepping in with a hoodie and jeans like I used to.
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What I Ate: tom yum, pad thai, rad nar, some kinda whole fried fish, some kinda curry, crab fried rice, pineapple fried rice, some green drink, thai iced tea, jasmine rice, water, ice cubes, buh...
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