Clay’s Restaurant: Family-Friendly Wild West Setting in Houston

Updated on March 23, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Clay's Restaurant photo collage
Clay's Restaurant photo collage | Source

Wild West Setting at Clay’s Restaurant

The Wild West has come alive at Clay’s Restaurant, located in the western regions of Houston. This restaurant, situated on Clay Road west of Highway 6 and Bear Creek Park, has always been rustic in appearance.

A friend of mine from Germany always loved dining on their outside patio area when visiting us in Houston. She enjoyed getting to watch children play in the giant sandbox area, as well as viewing the horses and other animals that were on site. It was such a different atmosphere compared to what most restaurants offer.

Friends of my parents' who lived in Oxford, Mississippi, also spent some happy hours there when they would stay with us. I can still remember eating hamburgers and sipping a cold beer while laughing and catching up on our visiting. We always chose days when the weather was good so that we could enjoy the outdoors.

They would be amazed at the transformation at Clay’s Restaurant from what they experienced! It now has the appearance of a stage set for a Wild West movie.

What used to be fencing where horses grazed across from the primary dining area is now a facade that has taken on that Wild West appearance. Additional buildings are in the back and currently serve to host private parties or gatherings.

Clay's Restaurant photo collage
Clay's Restaurant photo collage | Source

Great Place for Kids and Parties

Some neighbors of ours celebrated their young son’s birthday party at Clay’s. The kids got to take turns riding ponies and petting the animals that were on-site at the time. Many other types of meetings, as well as celebrations, have been held there over the years. The additional buildings offer even more space to host different types of events. In one of them, they also have a stage.

The sandbox and adjacent outdoor eating area are both sheltered from the sun. This sheltered space makes it helpful for the parents who can let their kids play in safety under their watchful eyes.

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Covered sandbox for the kids
Covered sandbox for the kids | Source
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Menu board is on the right with a counter where orders are placed | Source
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Menu board | Source
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Order counter on right and interior space | Source
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Interior space | Source
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Additional buildings ongoing construction | Source
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Building on the property | Source
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Clay’s | Source
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Exterior building | Source
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Clay’s Restaurant | Source
Animals outdoors
Animals outdoors | Source
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Exterior view | Source
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Animals outdoors | Source
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Animals outdoors | Source
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Exterior view | Source
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Restaurant sign | Source
View from the parking lot in front
View from the parking lot in front | Source
Family cemetery out in back
Family cemetery out in back | Source

Food at Clay's Restaurant

Customers fill their soft drinks and take a number to a table of their choice. Servers then bring the made-to-order food to the table when it is ready. There are many choices of rooms inside. One place even has a tree growing in the middle of it!

The photos below depict a small sample of the food at the restaurant. Click on their website to see the entire menu and find out more about what they have to offer.

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Swiss mushroom burger Fried catfish platterPulled pork sandwich with onion rings Fried pickles Chicken fried steak with two sides
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Fried catfish platter | Source
Pulled pork sandwich with onion rings
Pulled pork sandwich with onion rings | Source
Fried pickles
Fried pickles | Source
Chicken fried steak with two sides
Chicken fried steak with two sides | Source

Location

This restaurant has been around since 1985. Some of the back buildings had to be repaired after the flooding caused in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. It will be fun to see how this establishment continues to evolve over the years.

Parking is free in the large lot to the front of this country-style restaurant. The restaurant is wheelchair accessible and is open seven days a week. There is a small arcade area outside of the restrooms. Kids of all ages can have fun here!

If you enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in a country setting, then head on over to Clay’s. Be sure to greet Hazel, the horse!

Address: 17717 Clay Road, Houston, Texas 77084

Website: Clay's Restaurant

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Clay’s Restaurant Collage | Source

Does this look like the kind of place that you would enjoy visiting?

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Questions & Answers

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 days ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        As you wrote, visiting Clay's Restaurant is a lot of fun.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        7 days ago from USA

        This does look like a lot of fun. Anytime you have live animals and nice outdoor surroundings I’m game!

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Linda,

        It is a fun place to experience. Happy to share these places such as Clays Restaurant with you.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This sounds and looks like a very interesting place to have a meal and to explore. I would certainly go there if I visited Houston.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Nyesha,

        Clays Restaurant is definitely a place that kids enjoy.

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        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        Hi Ms. Peggy,

        Thanks for sharing this information & the photos about Clay's Restaurant. It looks like a place that would enjoyable to visit, especially with kids.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        I think that many people go to Clays Restaurant just for the experience, and then keep returning to experience it over and over again.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Manatita,

        Restaurants in our city have been closed with the exception of takeout orders, drive-through windows, or delivery. It is a sad time for many people who rely upon the restaurant business for their livelihoods. Take care and stay safe!

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        Bill Holland 

        2 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        I would go there just for the experience, and I don't usually like going to restaurants. :)

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        manatita44 

        2 weeks ago from london

        Well, Peggy, they do seem artistic and creative and the kids should love it yes. 35 years is a long time in business and so they must be doing something good. Pity, in these troubled times restaurants around here are suffering some. Stay safe!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        The locals seem to like it. They have been around for many years and appear to have staying power.

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        Peggy Woods 

        2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        Clay's Restaurant is a fun place to visit and more than a bit out of the ordinary, which also makes it a unique place to visit. Most of our out of town guests have always enjoyed eating there.

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 weeks ago from UK

        You have done an excellent job of showcasing and promoting Clays. I especially appreciate all your photos. Added to your excellent written account they give a great introduction to this interesting restaurant and give readers a good idea of what to expect.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This looks like a wonderful restaurant to visit. Your pictures look great, and the plates of food also look delicious. I would like to eat a meal at that restaurant. Thsnk Peggy for another good location in Houston.

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