Given the dead-not-dead status of TextMate, I've been looking for a nice text editor to replace it with. Unfortunately, TextMate is awesome and I found it quite hard to find an app that I was comfortable with. Many people seem to like BBEdit or Sublime Text but I don't seem to become accustomed to the UI of any of them.
I have been alpha testing Chocolat for the past few months, and it looks like a very promising alternative to TextMate. A couple of minutes spent with Chocolat are actually enough to realize that it has clearly been built as a direct replacement to TextMate.
The 1.0 version has been released today, it's $49 on Fileability's store.