Dallas Cowboys Club opens at DFW Airport
The Dallas Cowboys are flying high these days.
They just signed star receiver Dez Bryant to a 5-year, $70 million deal. Next week, training camp begins in Oxnard, Calif., and the team is favored to repeat as NFC East champs.
And on Tuesday, America’s (most valuable) Team expanded their brand skyward with the opening of the Dallas Cowboys Club and Restaurant at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
Taking its cue from the suites and Legends Club at AT&T Stadium, the swanky new airport spot, located bewteen gates A21 and A22, features leather walls, football-shaped lights, and of course, video screeens everywhere you look.
“I’m blown away by the quality of this club,” said Cowboys Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones, who helped cut the ribbon on the restaurant, along with mascot Rowdy, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and some former Cowboys stars like Ed “Too Tall” Jones. “We have a lot of fans that never get to go to a Cowboys game, but they do travel through D/FW,” added Jones. “There was a study done that only about 5 percent of NFL fans have actually ever attended a football game, and we actually think that what we’re doing here ... gives people a little taste of it.”
The menu delivers upscale pub grub -- burgers ($12.99) and wings ($10.99) -- but also offers some foodie flourishes, like truffle mac and cheese ($12.99) and flat iron chimichurri steak ($22.99). Of the items we sampled Tuesday, the Texas Gulf shrimp skewers ($11.99) had a nice habanero bite to them. The grass-fed burgers were juicy, and the mac and cheese was decadent -- as it should be. Chef Matthew Corbett said the magic in the mac comes from a dash of mustard. Go figure.
He also divulged that his favorite item on the menu is the Texas BBQ brisket sandwich, $12.49, topped with double pickle cole slaw and tangy barbecue sauce.
The Cowboys partnered with HMS Host restaurant group to create the club, which also serves a curated list of beer, wine and cocktails.
Next time you have an early flight, try the brioche French toast with vanilla-nutmeg batter, $9.99. The club serves breakfast until 10:30 a.m., so you can eat and have plenty of time to get ready for that noon kickoff.