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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get off the Strip in Vegas


2. Where to Eat

Japanese restaurant Raku offers a grilled alternative to sushi.  

Forgo sushi for the aburiya-style (grilled) Japanese food at Raku, the 15-month old restaurant on Spring Mountain opened by former Megu chef Mitsuo Endo. Make reservations at least two weeks advance, or miss the rush (and spy on off-duty chefs) by going late night.

Change your mind about mall-dining at Settebello, the recently-relocated Neapolitan pizza joint in Henderson's District shopping center. Owner Brad Otton trained under a pizzaiolo in Italy and bakes his pies in a wood-burning oven.

Get a restaurant bottle at wine-store prices (and a $10 corkage fee) at Marche Bacchus, a European-style bistro-slash-wine shop helmed by Emeril protégé Jean Paul Labadie. Enjoy your selection al fresco at the tables clustered on the shore of manmade Lake Jacqueline.

Published on Sep 24, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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