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Thoughts on Thai Elvis? A friend of mine brought it up for this weekend. Is it worth it? If not, any ideas for something different/unique in the West Side?

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  1. Well, it's just a Thai restaurant and not a terribly expensive one, so it's hard to see how it wouldn't be worth it. Even if you don't care for Elvis, you'll get a decent Thai meal. If you're looking for unique, try this recent thread on "nutty" restaurants.
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/524766

    1. See Thai Elvis at least once. The food is very good also.

      BTW, is that part of Hollywood considered "Westside"?

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      1. re: J.L.

        i live on the westside so i was thinking if i didn't do thai elvis, then i would probably like to stay around here... thanks for the feedback

        1. re: J.L.

          The food isnt very good, its medicore at best.The food for thai food I found very bland and under/over cooked. Its not very expensive, so its worth it at leat once.

        2. The foods good. The food isn't expensive and there is a Thai guy singing Elvis songs. If you're having a good time with friends, it will be even better in a wacky sort of way.

          1. I don't know where the Thai Elvis is these days - name and address please? Dates and times?

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            1. re: FoodObsessive

              The food at Jitlada is better but for a fun time it's worth it to see the Thai Elvis!

              http://www.palmsthai.com/

              1. re: sel

                Does anyone know if Elvis is a dinner only thing, or if he's there at lunch too? I couldn't find any info on times on the website.

                1. re: chowbee

                  When I went (before their move to the current location) he started at about 8 PM.

            2. You should see the Thai Elvis at least once. The food can be inconsistent, and because it's a busy place, it does feel hurried and slightly impersonal. However, the one item to order is the wild boar curry from the "wild things" part of the menu, which is the most interesting aspect of Palm Thai's menu. It's one of my favorite curries in Thai town. I've heard Jet Tila (the Thai cooking instructor) on KCRW's Good Food make a similar proclamation about the wild boar curry, so I feel better that there's some corroboration there. The salad-y items are also your better bets.

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              1. re: E Eto

                Tried the 'Quail With Chili and Holy Basil' from the Wild Things Menu and they were not good. They were not fried properly, limp not crispy! Many of the items on that menu sound good but...

                1. re: sel

                  That's what I mean when I say it's inconsistent. I think those items can be made very well in the right hands, and probably not so great when in the hands of someone not as caring. I think that happens a lot in a place like Palm since it must have a large revolving door of cooks. I've had really great versions of some dishes there and then a lackluster version of the same dish on other visits. The one that hasn't let me down yet though is that wild boar curry, though the meat can be a bit chewy.

                  1. re: E Eto

                    I had not planned on returning but maybe for a bowl of that 'Wild Boar With Curry Sauce' and of course...the Thai Elvis!!!

                    1. re: E Eto

                      I gotta say, although Thai Elvis is beyond worth the price of admission the wild boar curry is, at best, an acquired taste. It's wicked hot, not spicy, which I like, but just burning that overwhelms the flavor, which may be the point, as wild boar, at least as conceived at Palms Thai is kind of like flavorless gristle. And I think that dish sets you back like, what? 15 bucks? More? That being said, how's the new room? Is the parking better than the nightmare at the old place?

                      1. re: PinotPlease

                        Hey PinotPlease,

                        The new place has much more parking (not the nightmare that was the old place); it's a lot more spacious as well.

                        1. re: exilekiss

                          Thanks Exilekiss, great to know as I went to Ruen Pair this weekend and forgot that it was in the ex-Palms strip mall. demolition derby and angry "valets" yikes!

                2. Is the Thai Elvis there every day? I only went once, and it was disappointing because the food is unremarkable (good, but nothing special--other places are better) and the Thai Elvis did not perform when I was there.

                  1. Thai Elvis is definitely worth a trip at least once if you live in LA. Kitsch aside, he's actually a pretty decent impersonator. The food at Palm Thai is mediocre at best, but I doubt that matters. Make sure to get there ~6:30 or so since he'll be most active in the middle of the dinner rush. Last time I went, he left the stage later in the evening to make way for a very forgettably bad lounge singer.