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Christmas Briskets and Hams; Matt McCallister's Formative Dishes

Daily news tidbits from DFW.

Pop by Front Room Tavern for your holiday smoked meat needs.
Pop by Front Room Tavern for your holiday smoked meat needs.
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PARK CITIES—Pitmaster Doug Pickering of D.W.P. Grill M.D. (whom many will remember from the short-lived WORK. Bar & Grill in Deep Ellum) is offering smoked hams and briskets through Front Room Tavern for the holidays. A whole maple bourbon smoked ham feeds 6-8 people for $89.99; a half brisket serves 6-8 for $79.99 and a full brisket is $149.99. Pre-order via email at or call (214) 219-8282. [EaterWire]

WHAT CHEFS EAT—FT33's Matt McCallister tells First We Feast about "10 of the dishes that inspired [him] to forge his own creative path in the kitchen." They include his mom's chicken and dumplings, a wacky-looking chimichanga-esque chicken dish from a restaurant in his former home of Scottsdale, and super-fresh uni he ate off the coast of Australia. [FWF]

PARK CITIES/UPTOWN/ETC.—Hopdoddy Burger Bar just won't quit with the insane shake specials. This time around it's a Frozen Banana Shake made with housemade vanilla ice cream, honey-roasted bananas, and chocolate sauce, garnished with a chocolate-dipped banana chip. Get it now through December 21 for six bucks. [EaterWire]