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Ricotta-and-lobster fritters at Neighborhood Services
photographs by Manny Rodriguez
(Feb. 6, 2011)
Super Bowl XLV will mark Aikman’s third as a broadcaster — though, from a drama perspective, it will have a hard time living up to the second title game he worked, Super Bowl XLII, in which the New York Giants rallied to defeat the previously undefeated New England Patriots.

I’ve been working on the upcoming Super Bowl for three years as vice chairman of the host committee, which has been a lot of work. It’s our chance to showcase what North Texas is all about, and I’m excited about that. The presentation is going to be first class; visitors are going to be blown away by how well thought out everything is. The only thing we can’t control, obviously, will be the weather outside.

Of course, I’d love to be playing in the game, and I’m sure I’ll have those same feelings of wanting to suit up, wanting to be down there on the field. But I’m a little bit beyond that. As luck would have it, Fox has the game and I’ll get to be there as a broadcaster. At this stage in my life, that’s as good as it gets.

Troy’s Town

Even NFL quarterbacks go out
to eat. Here’s where you might have spotted Troy Aikman during his playing days and where you might find him today.

Dallas-area hangout, circa 1992
I went to Del Frisco’s the Friday night before every playoff game throughout my career. It started during that ’92 season when we started winning a lot. I’m not overly superstitious, but it was a good experience for me that year, and I just stuck with it. I’d have a filet and the onion rings.

Dallas-area hangout, circa 1995
A big hangout for us during those years was Humperdink’s in Las Colinas. I also became a part owner of a Fog City Diner that opened up on McKinney Avenue across from the Rosewood Crescent Hotel. In 1992, I flew into San Francisco before the NFC Championship Game and was picked up at the airport by Leigh Steinberg, my agent. We went to the Fog City Diner, which was the first time I’d eaten there. So when somebody tried to open one in Dallas, I was asked to be a part of it. In part because we’d won the game and I had a great time, I said, “Oh, yeah, this’ll be a lot of fun.” In the end, it didn’t stay open very long. There’s a Truluck’s around there now.

Dallas-area hangout, circa 2005
Well, I was married with kids by that time. I wasn’t hanging out at a lot of places. For ice cream, Wild About Harry’s is a must-stop. Actually, it’s frozen custard, from a recipe Harry Coley got from his mother. It’s a throwback neighborhood place that serves hot dogs and custard, and it is awesome.

Dallas-area hangout, circa 2011
Oh, there’s a bunch. For steak, I love Al Biernat’s, as well as Hibiscus and Neighborhood Services . Coal Vine’s is a terrific upscale pizza place and wine bar — I had my 40th-birthday dinner there. For Mexican food, Javier’s is a Dallas staple. The best margaritas are at Mi Cocina.