All the spots the football icon recommends during a Dallas getaway.

Posted on Sep 8, 2017 By Diana Alvarez

Football season is here, but any time is a good time for football in Dallas. Whether you're headed to Dallas this fall for a game or visiting the iconic State Fair of Texas, let the former Dallas Cowboys' running back and long-time Dallasite guide your way to his must-see restaurants and family-friendly attractions.


Dallas is known for its stellar restaurants. What are your favorite spots for dinner?

I have been dining at Houston's on Beltline Road in Addison for years. Everything on the menu is delicious and the quality of their food is always consistent and on point. You can also find me at Eddie V's [in Highland Park] and Del Frisco's [on McKinney Avenue in Uptown] because they have Butter Cake on the menu. It's my guilty pleasure!


What do you recommend for a date night?  

My wife really likes Blue Sushi [on Greenville Avenue]. My favorites are the Spicy Crab and the Lobster rolls. It's got a great atmosphere that's romantic without being stuffy.


Let's say you're heading out for an afternoon in Dallas with the kids. Where do you take them?  

Pat and I have five kids, ranging in age from six to 21 years old so finding a place that everyone will enjoy can be a challenge. Dave and Buster's is always a good time. They have a broad menu and lots of games to appeal to kids of all ages. You can also find me at Jumpstreet on occasion. You can really get a work out there!


What's your favorite Dallas neighborhood and what do you love about it?

I live in North Dallas, so I love to see how The Shops at Legacy has developed over the years into a haven of retail and restaurants. With the new addition of Legacy West across the Tollway, there are so many new options that you could spend an entire day in that area!


Fall is a great time to visit Dallas. What are some of your favorite outdoor activities?

When the weather is good in Dallas, it's amazing, which is why we have so many outdoor festivals and events. I really enjoy taking my family to Six Flags Over Texas for the day. I am also excited to be a part of the cycling community here in Dallas and have created the Emmitt Smith Gran Fondo charity cycling event based on my newfound passion for the sport. It's coming up September 30th and with 5-routes to choose from, there's a course for everyone.


You're hosting a group of friends for a weekend visit to Dallas. What's on the agenda for your guys' getaway?

During the day, we would probably be on the golf course. Dallas National Golf Course near Oak Cliff is truly one of the finest golf courses anywhere, period. And Brookhaven Country Club also has a great course. We hold our annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Golf Invitational tournament at Craig Ranch, so it also holds a special place for me. Just a real quality experience.


For an evening activity, I think Uptown is a great entertainment district. There are some amazing restaurants – Truluck's, for example, has amazing seafood and a great bar area – and it's always good people watching.


What should a first-time Dallas visitor experience?

You have to go to The Star. What the Jones family, the owners of the Dallas Cowboys, has created there is incredible. They offer VIP Guided Tours that give Cowboys fans a chance to experience the place where the team  trains and work 365 days of the year. Don't miss the Super Bowl Memorabilia & Station that houses a display of all five Super Bowl trophies and rings from 1971, 1977, 1992, 1993 and 1995 and a complete collection of memorabilia from all five Super Bowl championships. Of course, I have to say that a visit to Dallas would not be complete without taking in a Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium.


I am also always moved by seeing the spot where John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas and going through The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. It's a tragic piece of Dallas history but so important and powerful.


What's something about Dallas that would surprise a first-time visitor?

That Dallas is so diverse. We have Deep Ellum, which is home to edgy nightclubs and live music venues, and Downtown has some amazing retail in Forty-Five Ten and the original Neiman Marcus. Bishop Arts is our own hipster enclave with its eclectic arts and entertainment vibe, and then you have NorthPark Center in the central part of the city, one of the premier shopping centers in the world that also houses amazing art collections of the Nasher family. There are so many unique places and pockets that provide such a different perspective of our city. Dallas truly offers whatever kind of experience you are looking for.

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