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Sharing an epicurean evening at the Palm WeHo with a cast of celebs and locals

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There we were, on a Thursday night sitting in our favorite booth (No. 7) at The Palm in West Hollywood where your LA Travel Diva Examiner was sipping a glass of a rare 1991 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon while Richard (her husband) nursed a perfect martini. The bar was knee deep in action and the tables filled with recognizable TV types, celebs and lots of WeHo locals which by the high decibel sound seemed to be really enjoying themselves. But how could one not, especially if one is a homesick New York transplant. The Palm WeHo, which began life in Manhattan maintains that typical NY restaurant atmosphere and great food especially steaks, lobster, seafood and a Caesar Salad to drool over.

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The place is so celebrity-centric that often at lunch we spot the TMZ tour bus parked out front packed with visitors eager to spot and photograph a celebrity. One day it was parked outside patiently waiting to see the guests from the Oscar party like Scarlett Johansson and George Clooney.

Thursday night Richard and I did a rare dinner at the Palm; we usually do lunch on Fridays. Except for the din of the crowd (it was really difficult to hear each other, no jokes, my husband likes to listen to me) it was a super enjoyable night. Richard enjoyed a bone-in filet mignon completely, no doggie bag. I did likewise to an amazingly perfectly prepared Chilean sea bass with a light and tasty salsa. We shared a plate of signature asparagus mixed with roasted garlic and the previously mentioned Cab. Satisfied with our entrees, we opted to skip dessert and just sip our wine while we waited for the check, which wasn’t small. The Palm is expensive with entrees in the high $30 to $50 range and drinks and wines $12 and up by the glass and way over $40 by the bottle. But it’s all worth it for the quality of the food, service and atmosphere. And for this homesick New Yorker, it’s cheaper than flying back to get my city fix..

Whether you’re craving a big juicy steak, burger, lobster or some mighty fine fish, you’ll find it at the Palm.

The Palm is located at 9001 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, www.thepalm.com, 310-550-8811. There’s also a Palm downtown LA (213-763-4600).

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