Here's where the critics ate this week.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS -- Tiffany Derry's new Private Social restaurant gets four stellar stars from Leslie Brenner, who says the Top Chef alum "cooks with assurance, flair, sophistication and soul." The restaurant is too noisy, says Brenner, but the food is top-notch, especially "beautifully seared scallops" and a duck-fat fried chicken. Despite the noise and "gimmicky concept" of a private side and social area, Brenner says Derry's place is "quite a fine restaurant."
DFW.COM -- The Crazy Sisters food truck gets the critical treatment from Joseph Daniel, who says the Mexican grits dish isn't to be missed, but you can skip the burgers. The "Californian" and "Mexican" burgers were "almost identical in flavor.
OBSERVER -- Scott Reitz likes the booze at Swig, but to get great food, he says one must be careful to order "really wisely." Sandwiches "come up short" and the charcuterie "plays it mostly safe." He likes the burger, salads and pork buns and declares Swig's "one of Dallas' better beer lists." Best bet? Hang out at the Gin Mill bar-inside-a-bar at Swig and order drinks and food from their smaller menu.
DFW.COM -- Teresa Gubbins reviews the Next Wood Fired Bistro & Vino Bar, a Mediterranean fusion joint housed in an old Taco Bell in Colleyville. The service was a little "green," writes Gubbins, but she liked the pizza, pork belly stuffed steam buns and orecchiette pasta with red-pepper Romanesco sauce.
The "private" side of Private Social. [Photo: Andrea Grimes/EDFW]