Bistro Watel's is now open in the former York Street space and the food is quite good. Penne Pomodoro is part of the Lombardi's (Taverna/Cibus/LaFiorenta) restaurant group--reliable but not spectacular. Same with Scalini's--typical Italian fare but nothing ground breaking. Ali Baba is in my regular rotation, as is Legal Grounds for breakfast.
Ali Baba Cafe
I use Veiga Brothers on Gaston. Found them when they were recommended on KERA "Think." Several local chefs go there. VERY inexpensive and did a great job. (214) 821-3240 2929 Gaston Ave