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.