My Dallas: Mackenzy Bernadeau, Cowboys Offensive Guard

Take a tour of the lineman’s stomping grounds in the Big D’s Uptown area

He may spend the majority of his time on the field creating pockets for quarterback Tony Romo, but when he’s not on the gridiron Mackenzy Bernadeau is a veritable expert on Uptown and downtown Dallas. The player, who the Cowboys drafted from free agency in 2012, shares his favorite places to hang out in “Big D.”

What do you think the Cowboys mean for Dallas?

The success the team has had throughout the years translates to how loyal our fans are to the team, to the city of Dallas, the state of Texas, nationally and worldwide. It brings everybody together, and if you’re not from the city, you end up eventually becoming a Cowboys fan just from the camaraderie between our fans and the fun they have together outside of football.

Where do you see the team headed in the next few years?

In the right direction and with success, obviously. There are some changes that are happening with the team right now, but we’re trying to get back on track to how things used to be with the success of past teams, and I’m looking forward to it.

What are some of your favorite places to visit in Dallas?

Klyde Warren Park is a beautiful place to visit with your family. For the younger adult crowd, there’s Katy Trail Icehouse for the weekends when you have good times ahead of you. When I have family in town, there’s really so many different options you can go to show them around the city, whether it’s a place to go eat, a place to get drinks with friends or places to bring your young kids to.

Klyde Warren Park

Where do you love to eat out?

One of my favorite places around the Cowboys training facility in Valley Ranch is Hard Eight BBQ in Coppell. Then you’ve got a lot of steakhouses in Uptown like Nick & Sam’s or Perry’s Steakhouse. Because I live in Uptown, those are some of the majority places that I go to.

What’s your favorite Dallas landmark?

It’s always good to visit The Grassy Knoll around Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum for your history lessons about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. And obviously American Airlines Center for concerts or Dallas Mavericks or Dallas Stars games.

The Sixth Floor Museum

My Perfect Day

9 am, Bishop Arts Breakfast

There’s a nice little breakfast spot in the Bishop Arts District, so I’d start the morning going to that.

Noon, West Village Rolling

You have to spend the day outside because everything that’s happening in Dallas is outside, especially when the weather is nice. I’d catch the trolley around West Village and pretty much go up and down on McKinney Avenue most of the day.

McKinney Avenue trolley

8 pm, End With Steak

For the evening I’d hit up a nice steakhouse, whether it’s here in Dallas or in Addison, which has some good places like Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill. Then there’s always something going on at night in Dallas, whether it’s at American Airlines Center, House of Blues or anything around that area.