The RX-100 (mk 3) that my dad bought himself when I was home for the holidays was a pretty solid camera.
He was still trying to dial in the settings a bit--I believe he liked the photos it took of stuff, but not as much the photos it took of people (but that's from a pro, you would probably think they were fine photos)--but it was a pretty solid feeling camera. The mk3 is probably out of your price range, but check around for a mk2 or something.
Otherwise, you can just get another S--- camera. They are small and take good pictures. Not sure where the sweet spot is--people seem to have preferences for different models, so occasionally there are times where the newest model isn't really better than the previous one.
What are your thoughts on the S120? Or the Sony NEX-F3? Someone is trying to sell me the F3 for $270 used but he can go fly a kite.
Edit, basically I"m looking for something that can take better pictures than a point and shoot but not quite SLR. Not sure if that makes sense, also needs to be compact