My best answer for getting to know people – hang out on your front porch and TALK to your neighbors. And ditto walking around and engaging.
Some good restaurants – Chez Billy (expensive), Domku (sort of expensive), Moroni Brothers (great pizza), Fusion (excellent Indian and a good place to meet neighbors), two Jamaican joints (Sweet Mango and Pink Snapper), El Torogoz (Mex and El Salvadoran), the bar strip – DC Reynolds, Blue Banana, Looking Glass. Ditto on above recommendation for Flip It Bakery – a great place to have a lovely lunch on the shaded patio. Highly recommend the spanish breakfast there – the beans are to die for. My recommendation is that when frequenting these places, try sitting at the bar (if there is one) and conversing with others. You learn so much about the people, the history, and the vibe.
Enjoy the neighborhood. It really is a great place to live and has a true neighborhood spirit that I’ve not seen in other places I’ve lived (Va. Beach, Manchester NH, Burlington VT…). It also has its challenges that sometimes require a neighborhood effort to fix – like blighted properties, local drug dealing, etc..