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Reitz, Brenner Do Baboush; Dough Gets Two Stars

Here's where the critics ate this week, y'all.

DFW.COM -- Teresa Gubbins wasted no time in reviewing Private Social, Top Cheftestant Tiffany Derry's Uptown restaurant that has been open for less than a month. Gubbins says the desserts "weren't a strong suit" but says the service is excellent, liked the Top Chef pork buns and calls the Pastrami cured hiramasa "a revelation." With the duck-fat fried chicken came a bowl of the "best braised kale in the world."

DALLAS MORNING NEWS -- Three stars go the West Village's Baboush from Leslie Brenner, who started with a great olives-and-spreads platter with a tomato spread "kissed with orange-blossom water." The restaurant "skews more Lebanese" than Moroccan and plates are "appealing and well-prepared." The main problem: serving a party larger than two with small bites and many, many plates.

OBSERVER -- Scott Reitz, you and Leslie Brenner have got to stop meeting like this. Reitz also reviews Baboush, which he crowns "condiment kings." He liked the shrimp kebabs and says the chicken kababs "sing, though the kefta should be avoided. Reitz also advocates stealing a plate of baklava all for yourself, even at this sharing-friendly spot.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS -- It's two stars for Dough Pizzeria Napoletana from Leslie Brenner, who despite the small starrage says there's "so much to like" at the restaurant, where kids at the chef's table are given their own dough to stretch. The wines are "well chosen" but the mozzarella-Burrata bar is "hit-or-miss." Brenner, who is no fan of truffle oil, finds it kills a couple of dishes for her. In fact, she says long as you stick with dishes "that aren't tarted up with the stuff," you're in good shape at Dough.

DFW.COM -- Anna Caplan visits Thai Select in Fort Worth, where it's "always busy" and the lunch menu is top-notch. She intentionally orders her lo-mein noodles too spicy to eat and ends up eating her date's pad Thai instead.

DFW.COM -- Robert Philpot reviews fast-food chicken chain Raising Cane's. He likes their secret sauce and observes that they serve a lot of chicken.

Private Social

3232 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204 214 754 4744

Private Social

3232 McKinney Avenue Dallas, TX 75204