I'll be visiting my hometown after a three year absence. Some friends want to take me out to dinner, but as usual, they don't know where to go. What has been some of the best/hot restaurants to open in 2007 and 2008?
Looking for nearly anything: Cal-French, Cal-Italian, sea food Japanese (not sushi prefer Izukayas), Mexican, Chinese (only if it's in the SGV), Thai (if it's in Thai Town). We don't want to pay expense account type places. But having a nice wine or cocktail list is nice.
Some of my favorite places were Hungry Cat and Lucques.