Lulu on Central Ave. is a favorite amongst most who chime in on this site. It's a funky little french/southern resto in an old house. Very laid back vibe. Great mussels and frites, and amazing burger w/ house made pimento cheese spread, fried green tomatoes and jalapeno chutney - yum! I'm thrilled that they are again open for lunch during the week.
Another favorite of mine is Carpe Diem on Elizabeth. A bit more upscale than Lulu, but a CLT staple for many years. Great seared scallops over an almond and brie risotto. They always have an interesting duck dish.
Carolinadawg mentioned Greek Isles. I, too, am a fan of this place that serves up traditional Greek fare. Another option would be Ilios Noche on the southern fringe - these guys have a neat little edgy place in the middle of suburbia. The food is fantastic. My favorite is the lamb shank over orzo - lots of spices and very tender. The pizzas are good. Love the wood-grilled octopus.
Montford Drive is a new, happening place. Andrew Blairs serves up good eats and recently opened Good Food has gotten raves. I'm told the pork buns @ Good Food are comparable to David Chang's at Momofuku in nyc.
Pio Pio on East Blvd. serves up succulent Peruvian chicken w/ fried plantains and a white sauce and green sauce that are delicious AND cheap.
Eat well and welcome back!