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Hitt up the Palm before it movies, i haven't even been yet myself.

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  1. unless they are doing a lobster special and they are great deals, don't bother...go to Tana

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      1. re: kevin

        yup. maybe worth it for an overpriced drink to check out the artwork on the walls of all the Hollywood bigwigs over the years...that's really it.

        1. re: jessejames

          The wall art is not moving to the new Beverly Hills location it is being given to the subjects of each piece...

          1. re: wienermobile

            Fascinating, given that most of the subjects are deceased. So, I really do wander what will become of the wall art. We had a good friend (now deceased) who was a film director and one of the best moments of his life is when Palm put his picture up on the wall AND it was placed prominently above his favorite booth.

            1. re: maudies5

              They are trying to get all of the drawings to the owners or family members before 10/5 I believe.

              If your friend has living family, they should contact the restaurant.

            2. re: wienermobile

              "…The Palm is also known for the caricatures of its celebrity customers that cover most of the walls of the restaurant. The company says it is inviting all those depicted in the illustrations to take their images home.

              …[Bruce Bozzi Jr.] plans on taking some of the portions of the West Hollywood walls, framing them and putting them up in the new location. He's also working with artists to create some new local art.

              'The walls in West Hollywood are a time capsule of 40 years in California with people who worked in show business,' …"


      2. I rather do Mastro's or Cut or even BOA before I spend a dime at the Palm. It's basically one notch above mall food. Nothing special and crazily over priced.

        1. Palm jumped the shark in the early 2000s. Never the same after Gigi died.

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          1. re: maudies5

            I miss Gigi--one of the best hosts in town. Still offers my favorite Maine lobster in L.A. but, sadly, no longer that wonderful prime rib it used to be known for (nor the semi-secret Chicken Bruno). At least the Gigi Salad is back to "normal" after the odd attempt at creating an East Coast and a West Coast version.

            1. re: New Trial

              I went for the Summer lobster special for two this week--$99 for a 4lb lobster, two appetizers (soup or salad) and a choice of side. The lobster was great and the half & half as good as usual (your cardiologist might dispute the use of the word "good" here). Not super-crowded though despite the dwindling days before they close. Of course, since a new Palm will reopen in B.H. to take its place perhaps there is less urgency than there otherwise might be. Still, moving right into the midst of so many other high-end steakhouses (5 in walking distance--with Mastro's right across the street) seems to add a curious level of risk.

              1. re: New Trial

                I have had that dinner for 2 for me before. Great deal. Even better cuz my wife doesn't like lobster but loves salads and sides.

          2. Palm was my birthday restaurant growing up in NYC.. at that time, they only had two locations across from each other on 2nd Avenue.

            When they expanded, quality went downhill and became an average steakhouse at best. Lobsters were best item on menu.

            Personally, I'd just as soon grill some prime steaks from Costco. I think steakhouses are expense account restaurants, or for dining with people with limited palates.

            1. I'd meet ya for a drink there, kevin..... I've never been either.....

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              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                sweet, lets do it, one drink as JJ said, no food, and if we need food Tanas is just a block away.

                    1. re: jessejames

                      Good call. Palm there sucks. Tanas or a host of better picks.

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  how do i find out about this special ????

                  and what's the price and details on the special again ?????

                  thanks man.

                  if not, i'll just grab a drink there. Dirty, you down ????

                  i guess it closes the end of this month, just in time for DTOMs.

                    1. re: kevin

                      Yea, are they doing any lobster specials this month? Are they open at lunchtime??

                      Ok I hit the link and they serve lunch 12-3 M-F. And they have the lobster special, and I guess it's just until the 31st of Aug.

                      Damn, now if I can sweet talk the hubby into an early birthday present, who's in????? And that cocktail sounds tasty, too! With rum, JJ....

                        1. re: jessejames

                          Hahahaha, right?? I know, lobster and martinis.... That's how I roll!

                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                            my kind of girl

                            who needs a shrimp cocktail when you have a lobster and a martini

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              "lobster roll" style of course. drum roll… please.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    I didn't know they have lobster rolls too?? Yea, CT Style all the way!

                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                      don't think they do...the play here is the large lobsters at that price...ie for the price of 4 lobster rolls at c and t, you get a 4 lb lobster, 2 salads and a side.

                                      1. re: jessejames

                                        Yea, you're right I think I read it on the regular menu, but the summer promotion is just the one w filet mignon, or the 4 lb for two.... Or one if you're like kevin....

                                      2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                        Nah. My bad. I just had to set it up for my drum roll joke.

                                          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                            Maybe we should hit up Connie and teds. Not too loud for this drinker.

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                i'm in.

                                unless you're going with the hubby for your bday present.

                                enjoy, either way.

                                damn, it's so weird… first i thought The Palm sucks… and now we're saying hey maybe the lobster rolls are pretty downright. spectacular.

                            1. re: Thor123

                              Actually, the lobster is good there. Forgot about that.

                              1. re: Thor123

                                i'm SOLD.

                                and i'm only going to make an exception for lobster this month at the OG location.

                                but i'm probably going to be sorely issappointed in comp to tana's no joke.

                            2. The cheesesteak at the DTLA Palm (for lunch) is pretty good.
                              The artwork there tends to feature LA politicos and athletes.

                              1. The Gigi salad, Shrimp Bruno, chocolate cake and/or Key Lime Pie are still worth it to me.

                                1. The Palm at WeHo was one of the first "all-grown-up" meals I had shortly after I got my first job, left college and got a pay check.

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                                  1. re: SauceSupreme

                                    I did that shortly after they opened. At the time, it was overwhelming. Now, not so much.

                                  2. Food-wise, I am not so sure to if anyone need to "hitt up the Palm before it movives".
                                    I love to eat big lobster. 7lb + lobsters "by myself". Palms is one of the few establishments in LA that offer 5lb+ lobsters on its menu. Unfortunately, neither its steamed nor its steamed/baked version come close to the deliciousness of various Asian lobster specialists such as Newport Seafood, which I understand is opening a branch in BH as we speak. Steak wise, comparable alternatives are not lacking. Sans those famous portraits on the wall, I have low expectation for the updated version. However, I expect that it will be as successful as say Morton's or Ruth's Chris.

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                                    1. re: FallingLeaves

                                      I like both kinds of lobsters. Sometimes drawn butter works just fine for me.

                                      1. re: jessejames

                                        so maybe it's worth it for a drink and that mighty lobster (would a 5 pounder be too much for me ??????? )

                                          1. re: jessejames

                                            how do i find out about this special ????

                                            and what's the price and details on the special again ?????

                                            thanks man.

                                            if not, i'll just grab a drink there.

                                              1. re: jessejames

                                                thanks. i guess i'll do the lobster for two, just for me.

                                              2. re: kevin

                                                If you like the place, you can get some extra mileage over time by joining the 837 Club.

                                                1. re: mc michael

                                                  thanks mc.

                                                  you a member too ????????

                                                  1. re: mc michael

                                                    if that's like joining the mile high club, i'm more than down.

                                        1. I don't think the big lobsters taste as sweet as the smaller ones. I like a 2 pounder.

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                                          1. re: maudies5

                                            maudies do they have two pounders, too, here, or just more of the 4 pounder/5 pounder ?????

                                            i trust your taste, obviously.

                                            1. re: kevin

                                              I think so, it said in the link. I closed the tab so click in the link and see what it says....

                                              1. re: kevin

                                                They do have the smaller ones. Also, you will have a choice of grilled or steamed.

                                                1. re: maudies5

                                                  To properly grill a lobster, the lobster has to be parboiled whole to seal in the juice first. Otherwise, all the juice will run out as soon as the lobster is split open for grilling. Grilling imparts all the wonderful Maillard reaction flavors that only high heat, amino acids and reducing sugars can provide.
                                                  Also demand and accept only female lobsters. Male lobster lack the flavorful roe.
                                                  Also, pound for pound, the larger the lobster the more succulent meat it contains. As mentioned before, because of it's large size, it is very easy to overcook a 5 lb+ lobster whole. So do not steam but slow poach covered with 70C water to cook the lobster thru without overcooking. Done properly, 5 lb+ lobsters taste not just as good as but many times better than any 2 lb ones.

                                              2. re: maudies5

                                                myth if you ask me

                                                I think easier to overcook a big one if you don't know what you're doing

                                                you get better claw meat in a bigger guy, not that atrophied dried out crap that usually plagues at least one claw in a smaller bug.

                                                but come join us maudies, you can get a junior??

                                              3. The Palm is my favorite place for prime rib. I think it's the best in the city.

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