The Palms is located on Broadway Street in the Third Ward. The cream city brick walls and unique lighting make for a contemporary warehouse like feel. The large windows at the front of the restaurant allow for ample natural light and can be opened on warm nights to accommodate the breeze. Sleek black tables, modern art, and funky music give the restaurant a young vibe, but it welcomes people of all ages with the comfort level that is emitted.
The menu itself has been updated several times over the years, but there have been some staples that have remained through the changes. While not a particularly large menu, it does offer a variety of food that range from a very nice burger to steak and tuna.
The price point is appropriate for the quality of food. The service is really good and the staff is friendly and inviting. This is a great place for a date and the location is tough to beat. One of the secrets of the Palms is that they have a tremendous Sunday Brunch that is definitely worth checking out. However this review will stick to the dinner side of the menu.
There is an extensive small plate (appetizer) list and diners can certainly have a drink at the bar and have a great meal by choosing one or two of these items. We tried the Danish Brie ($11.50) and really enjoyed it. The cheese is melted within a pastry crust and typically served with a bread and fruit jelly on the side. We also sampled the Brushetta Trio ($8.00) and the Ahi Tuna ($11.00). The Bruschetta is a very creative take on a simple dish offering three different toppings for your crostini; duxelle and fontina, pistachio and ricotta with lavender honey, and white bean with bacon and parmesan. All three of these were great. The Tuna is a refreshing treat before your meal, especially if is a nice day.
As for the Entrees, there is a great variety of food here. From The Burger through the steak entrée, all are prepared very well. Pasta is also offered.
We tried the Spciy Thai Peanut ($15.50) and added chicken. It was a nice take on an Asian dish and was very flavorful without being too spicy. It is not necessarily authentic, but I don’t think it is supposed to be. The Crispy Atlantic Salmon ($20) was our second entrée and it was topped with a red pepper relish that was phenomenal. Salmon is one of those dishes that can be tricky, the chef at the Palms nailed it. Finally we tried the Pork Sliders ($10.50) and were pleasantly surprised. The BBQ sauce contains Sprecher Root Beer and to our surprise, it worked perfectly. The pulled pork is served on a Pretzel Role and each plate has three sandwhiches.
The Palms is a fun spot in the Third Ward. The Bar Atmosphere is lively and spacious. It is a great location for a dinner on the town. Highly Recommended.