I'm going to be more general in my request than usual but the board is a little overwhelming and I didn't book enough time in town (coming from Boston in March w/ a stop in SEA first and LA after). I saw the threads on "visiting town what should I not miss" (overwhelming amount of names w/ little info but the Philippine bbq place sounded good) and "need recs during convention" which was a little more manageable. I'm pretty sure we're staying at the Lafayette Hotel which I've found out is in hipster central (aka North Park). I'm tempted to be by the water but for someone who's looking for great bars, both swanky and divey and fun food, I think this might be the best location. Will do more research but want a great taco and/or torta, a fancy "craft" cocktail, one dinner of new American/upscale Mexican/Calif in a fun environment ($16-30 range) and any cool burger/dog/donut shops you can recommend without driving all over. We'll have a car but since the time is so limited, I'd rather not spending it driving until we head back to LA so if there are recs on the way, I'll take them.
Coming from BOS, I don't need to eat Italian food but is the Little Italy section essential to visit? What's the best stop in the Gaslamp section? If you had one off the beaten path touristy visit to make, what would it be? And a great cheap breakfast too. Thanks a lot.