West of your WLA query, we recently and quite unexpectedly had some of the best pad Thai and panang curry at Yangtze on the promenade in Santa Monica. Otherwise, one of our favorites is Pink Pepper on La Brea just south of Hollywood Blvd.
Yangtze Authentic Chinese Thai & Sushi Bar
1333 3rd Street Promenade
Santa Monica, CA 90401
With Thai's popularity, changes in cooks and clientele, it's hard to keep up with quality of different places.
I was recommending Palms as a start to someone new in town.
I haven't been for many years (old location).
I really liked their pineapple fried rice and "Palms" noodles (suan tan).
When recommending a Thai place, it's really best to recommend dishes too.
In most all full menu Thai joints, a few dishes will be hits, most will be mediocre.
"B" ratings are usually a good sign for a thai restaurant.
Asian kitchens don't really lend themselves to Western health code ratings.
Our favorite Thai eateries would be closed down and the owners arrested!
I really don't spend time in Thai restaurants over here anymore.
I'm too busy catching up on local stuff.
And, when we do head out for some Thai, it's in OC.
Right now, I vote for the famous Thai Nakorn in Garden Grove, or the little hole-in-the-wall, Bangkok Taste, in Santa Ana.
Visited the Palms Thai restaurant in Hollywood recently. The food was so so - tasted more like fast food thai than an authentic sit down type of establishment (e.g., the curry was extremely sweet, they use a lot of artifical crab meat in the seafood platters). The service was terrible, and the staff was very rude. In terms of cleanliness, the plate and dishes were not very clean, which might help explain why they received a "B" rating. I would not recommend this place to anyone. Your money would be better spent elsewhere. Recommendations for good alternatives to this place to follow ...