It so happens that this week, I had both the garlic pepper shrimp at Palms Thai and, thanks to SKU's post, the camarones al ajo at Mariscos Colima on Beverly, so I thought a compare and contrast might be in order.
The shrimp were basically of adequate quality, nothing more, at both places. At the Palms, the garlic pepper shrimp is served on a bed of crisply-cooked broccoli -- a nice way to get your veggies in. The shrimp is then covered in a delectably huge pile of browned garlic bits which you can add to the rice as you eat. Price about $7 I think, not counting rice. At Colima, for $10 you get a huge plate of shrimp sauteed in butter, garlic and onions, garnished with avocado slices. On the side are corn tortillas, rice, beans, chips and limes. You need a beer to go with it, which they don't have if you eat in the tiny restaurant (but you can get your car washed next door, so that's a plus).
The decision: it's a draw. Either way you get a big ol' pile of garlic bits to sop up with tortillas or rice. Too bad the shrimp never tastes like it does in Baja, though.