I lived in LA for 8 years but moved back east to Miami a year and a half ago. Since I often miss my old stomping grounds, I return every few months to visit old friends, old favorite spots, and eat and drink the LA way. I stay up on the LA foodie scene via Chowhound, LA Weekly, LA Mag, etc so as to find out what to check out whenever I go back. I will be back in town October 7-11 for just such a weekend o'fun. Can I get some recommendations for anything that is new/notable that I may not know about being all the way down here in South Florida? Looking for the following - but any suggestions would be welcome:
-One super foodie amazing dinner for group of 4 on Saturday night...any kind of food will do, but group really loves Californian/new American/local/fresh...not outrageously pricey but doesn't have to be on the cheap either...just looking for something 'wow' that would not have been around when I lived there 2 years ago.
-Fun/tasty new lunch spots
-Best new brunch/breakfast ideas for the weekend mornings
-Any new bar/food spots...gastropub or small plates kind of spots
-best new snacks? food truck spots maybe or must-have dessert
I'm staying in my old 'hood (Fairfax/Melrose) with friends but will have a car and willing to drive pretty much anywhere around town for this little adventure in new awesome eats. I know I'm asking for a lot of info, but I'm sort of type-A that way and want to have all the goods so we come armed and can make the most out of our weekend visit back 'home'.