Just a few quick notes on two places I visited recently.
Picked up dinner at Elvie's last night. Two dishes plus rice, with tax - $7.25. It's on 1st ave between 13th and 14th. I asked the server, who was very friendly and helpful, to point out dishes w/out pork (as I don't like or eat pork.) I ended up ordering a tofu dish which seemed to be mainly okra, potatoes and tofu, and a beef stew with olives. Both were tasty - the okra, a vegetable I don't love, was not very slimy and tasted just fine. The beef stew was mild and savory - the potatoes with it were extremely soft, as if it had been stewed a long time. (The beef stew, unaccountably, is only offered on Mondays.)
I got it to go, so one thing I didn't like is that the takeout containers were very shallow, so only a few large chunks of potato etc. could fit.
There were some barbecued looking things, and the dessert menu was fascinating - all kinds of steamed rice and yucca cake desserts, some with coconut. I wasn't too hungry; maybe next time.
I went to Salsa y Salsa for lunch last week. I found the food edible (the quesadillas with smoky chilis in them were tasty) but otherwise unremarkable, and the prices seemed high-ish (like 11-13 for lunchtime entrees.) Also, there was one waiter for the entire room, and the place was full of flies.