If you want to eat, play, and interact with farm animals, Clay’s Restaurant is a possible place to consider for a family excursion. Popular as a gathering place for private parties and a meet up destination following children’s sports and other activities, Clay’s Restaurant is a different type of restaurant for food, fun, and more.
What sets Clay’s apart from others is its amenities, namely its animals and outdoor seating. Approaching the restaurant from the large parking lot, the first thing you will notice is the field- like space and the arrangement of what looks like the front of barn doors on the side. Behind some but not all of those barn doors are actual animals, including chickens, peacocks, goats, and ponies. Kids and adults can view the animals and on some evenings, Clay’s even offers pony rides for the youngsters. Even when there are no pony rides, kids can still have fun in the field space where they can toss footballs, kick soccer balls, dig in the sand, or play corn hole. Kids will probably like a trip to Clay’s Restaurant more than the adults due in no small part to these extras I just described.
For adults, the entertainment is a little more limited. There is only one television in the main dining area and little to do besides eat and refill your soft drink glass. But one aspect that many will recognize and like is the abundant outdoor seating. There is, in fact, more seating outside than inside and if the weather is right, then outdoors is definitely the place to be. You can enjoy the fresh air, keep an eye on the kids, and watch for flying peacocks. They are not completely contained and it is common for one to wander over to the dining area and visit guests without notice.
As for the food, I found it acceptable but not much more. I got the Smoked House Burger with a side of fries and found it okay, but not anything special. The kids seemed to like their corn dogs and shrimp basket and I like the reasonably quick service. You order your food at the front counter and then wait for it to be brought to your table and the system seems to work well. But again, the food itself is rather ordinary and I’m thankful that it’s priced lower than most because I would have otherwise felt cheated. Oh, and the beer selection is poor. They do not serve any local beer, preferring instead to stick with the usual Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc, big brew lineup.
Overall, I rank Clay’s as an average restaurant with some good things to offer and a nice play setup for kids, but less than memorable food and other attributes. I may go back, since my kids did like the play area, but my expectations for the food are not very high.