For a quart of Ale is a meal for a king. – William Shakespeare
It’s not a fancy place by any means but it holds it’s own with the best of the gastro pubs in all of Los Angeles. Wait, before you think we’re beer drinking boozers, we’re far from it. We like a nice pint now and then and it’s actually part of the experience when you go to eat at one of these place.
Last night, as we were going to be meeting up at The Pantages Hollywood for a touring Broadway musical we usually always start off at The Blue Palms Brew House gastro pub. According to an article in The Beer Advocate “… lined the walls of his high-ceiling gastropub with chalkboards explaining common beer styles. He also hired knowledgeable bar staff (many of whom still work in the industry today) to help disarm the uninitiated. “
It’s located right in the middle of all the Hollywood and Vine action on the Walk of Fame.
It’s a very cool place that offers up 20+ different types of beers and a few hard ciders and the menu changes frequently dependent on the season and what the owner wants to feature. The funny thing about this place is it’s proximity to the Henry Ford Theater, which typically has smaller, indie type music performances, The Pantages which has all the big musical Broadway touring productions, and some residential buildings near by. Inside the Palms there are 3 huge TV screens broadcasting multiple sporting events. The rock or theater crowd shares tables with sports fans over a beer and some good grub.
I’m partial to wheat beers and ciders while my partner likes reds and hoppy and sometimes dark beers so with the vast menu we’re able to find something to enjoy. Last night I had a very subtle orange wheat and my partner found a darker red and both were, of course, brewed somewhere in the S. California region, the menu didn’t have where they came from and we failed to ask. No matter, we didn’t really need to know, just that it was going to be refreshing and would work very well with our choice for dinner…fish tacos!
The tacos are beer battered tilapia, a mild white flesh fish that is lightly fried, topped with a green sauce and shredded cabbage, there are several slices of spicy jalapenos on the top. I managed to eat most of those with the help of a side of tartar sauce. With 3 on the plate I can’t understand why they list this as a starter as it’s enough for one person to fill up on this alone.
The food options are very good here, the chef and staff always seem to satisfy our appetite with something delicious. They have great starters, which is where the tilapia tacos come from, they have lots of choices from the healthy to the not so healthy, meat dishes like their sausage plate offering up 9 different types of sausages (Elk or Wile Boar!), burgers and sandwiches. Salads for anyone’s pallet, I’ve often gotten the Baked Apple Salad that is so delicious!
We’ve not yet gotten dessert there, they only have one option, Rocky Top – it’s got 3 different chocolate candy bars in it as well as Oreo cookies and it looks like a very tall, super decedent chocolate heaven on a plate pie. I think we might have to make a trip up there just for that and have a dessert beer to go with it.