I'm a newbie on this forum, but not as a photographer. I have a bag of lens, primarily L, and a 5D MK2 and 60D bodies. When I went FF I cleared out my kit of crop exclusive lens, but my two favorite EF-S mount lens were the 15-85mm and the Tamron 17-50mm (non VC). Two different lens for different purposes. The 15-85mm is one of the best general purpose/travel lens that I have ever used. That is a fantastic focal length and it has great IQ throughout that range. Great color rendition and sharpness. My closest equivalent would now be the 24-105mm, and, yes, the build quality is better on the 24-105mm, but in a head to comparison the 15-85mm more than held its own. Not to mention it has better reach (roughly 32mm) when compared with the 24-105mm (on a FF body).
Bryan Carnathan over at The Digital Picture said that the 15-85mm and the EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 are his hands-down favorite EF-S mount lens.