Splurge: Little Elm. The meticulous Paul Liebrandt and executive chef Mazen Mustafa offer up an extravagant seasonal eight courser (changing nightly) with full view of the kitchen at this chef's counter for $135 a pop.
Steal: Contra. This daily-changing five-course tasting menu at the innovative LES New American is a relative bargain at $55. Still have commitment issues? You can go à la carte if you sit at the bar.
Pictured: Little Elm