Thought I'd report on some of the places we've really enjoyed lately that don't always get a lot of mention on this board. Maybe some will be new to you too, or worth another visit if you haven't been lately.
Mr Suave: we've been picking up a kilo of fresh tortillas for some time now from this little place on Patton, and they now offer inexpensive Mexican dishes such as tacos, burritos, tortas and enchiladas. First of all, the place is spotless. Very clean, well-run operation. They only have a few booths inside, so we've been sitting on one of the two patio tables they have in the parking lot. I've not been able to branch out past the chicken burrito because it is so good - shredded chicken, cheese, rice, beans, fresh avocado and sour cream - very fresh, not greasy, not overloaded, and a steal at $5.25. My husband has tried the chicken, steak and tongue street tacos (maybe a buck-fifty each?) and the torta. He loved the torta bread. All of the dishes come with a hot, fresh green salsa that is awesome. We buy Mexican Cokes at the gas station next door too. My new favorite Mexican place!
Curras: we used a Groupon to eat here recently and quickly followed up with a subsequent dinner a week or so later. I think it has gotten some mixed reviews here, and I feel like they change chefs more often than other places, but let me just say that the two dinners we had there were amazing. It is my new top choice for a nice dinner out. Portions were large, quality of the ingredients was top notch, and the flavors were incredible. They still make the best margaritas in town too. Worth another try if you have not been there in a while.
Franks NY Deli: hands down my favorite sandwich in town. I usually get whatever is their special of the day is - it's usually pretty creative. Their homemade sides are great (potato salad and slaw are my two favorites), the bread is super-fresh, and their pickles are killer. No seating except for outside, so now is a good time to go since it's warm. They seem to do a pretty hefty to-go business. Huge portions - I'm usually happy with just half my sandwich.
Appalachian Vintner: The two guys that own this large wine shop behind City Mac on Biltmore Ave are so nice. They seem to have a lot of wines that I've not seen elsewhere, and everything we've ever gotten from there is good, even the bottles under $15 (which is what we usually buy). They have expanded their beer selection significantly too.
Nine Mile: we order from here a lot via Valet Gourmet. Very fresh, excellent pastas (my fave is the tuna with coconut sauce), delicious green salad (I could drink the His Majesty dressing) and my husband loves the bread (although personally I find it a little too greasy). I wasn't blown away by this place at first, but it has really grown on me.
Next on my list to try: Cinnamon KItchen and Loretta's in their new location on Lexington.