Eats Beat: familiar location, new name and chef for Clay Pigeon

Posted 8:10am on Thursday, Jul. 18, 2013

A converted gas station on White Settlement Road has a history of hit-and-miss restaurants.

Chef Marcus Paslay hopes for a hit as he comes home to open Clay Pigeon Food & Drink.

Clay Pigeon moves into the former Lambert’s, originally converted from a gas station as Pedro’s Trailer Park.

The location is close enough to draw West Seventh Street and Cultural District diners, but far enough to be away from traffic and parking snarls.

“It’s close to good neighborhoods,” said Paslay, 30, an Arlington native who cooked at resort hotels in Vail, Colo., and Glen Rose and more recently at Dallas’ first-rate Neighborhood Services.

“There’s a dining crowd around there. We want to show them a valuable product.”

Clay Pigeon will be a chef-driven, casual restaurant with house-aged meats, home-baked breads, homemade ice creams and premium whiskeys, Paslay said.

Yes, there will be a lot of new, chef-driven, casual bar-and-grill restaurants by the time Clay Pigeon opens before the winter holidays, including American F+B nearby in the West 7th shops, Del Frisco’s Grille and Little Red Wasp Kitchen & Bar downtown.

But Paslay comes from Neighborhood Services, one of the best.

“It’s a strong concept that’s working in every city,” he said. “It’s a combination of a casual atmosphere with quality.”

Clay Pigeon will open as a dinner restaurant, then add lunch and maybe brunch. Watch for progress at 2731 White Settlement Road at Foch Street.

Pacific seafood washing in

Another much-awaited new restaurant opens this weekend.

Pacific Table, new from The Tavern Bar & Grill chef Felipe Armenta, has posted an affordable menu of seafood platters for about $20, sushi, oysters, salads and sandwiches.

Armenta originally named the restaurant “Union Pacific” for the nearby rail yard, then liked the Pacific theme for his California-casual seafood restaurant with a few steak and chicken dishes and a special aged prime rib ($26).

Early menu pick: grilled Brussels sprouts ($5). Pacific Table is at 1600 S. University Drive, in the corner near Blue Mesa Grill (with a back patio facing Rogers Road); 817-887-9995, website coming at

Pick a week: BBQ, ‘Go Texas’

While you’re booking tables for Restaurant Week next month, don’t miss two more celebrations.

This is “Texas Barbecue Week,” featuring about 40 Texas barbecue restaurants offering specials as part of a Texas Monthly promotion to benefit Austin-based Foodways Texas’ cultural programs.

Cousin’s Bar-B-Q offers a special combination-plate tribute to late founder Calvin “Boots” Payne: a brisket-sausage platter for $12.

In Everman, Longoria’s BBQ offers a two-meat combo plate for $11. Dallas’ Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse are offering $15 combo specials.

A special addition: Del Norte Tacos in Godley is doing a smoked brisket chile relleno.

For a list of statewide participants, see

Also, next week is the state-sponsored Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up featuring Texas ingredients and wines.

Participating restaurants include Grace (with a special $49 all-Texas menu), Ranchman’s Cafe in Ponder, Copper Creek Restaurant in Weatherford and Cafe 43 at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in University Park, plus the Cousin’s, Hard Eight and Riscky’s barbecue restaurants.

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