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Eats Beat: Longer hours, more lunches for Clay Pigeon

Clay Pigeon’s lunch menu includes a choice of flatbreads.
Clay Pigeon’s lunch menu includes a choice of flatbreads.

Now that dinners are busy, Clay Pigeon Food & Drink is expanding lunch.

If not for the brilliant debut of nearby Le Cep, chef Marcus Paslay’s Pigeon would have been the year’s best new restaurant. Beginning Feb. 2, the Pigeon’s simpler lunch expands to Mondays through Fridays.

“It’s more casual, with a lower price point,” Paslay said this week. “I know we’ve got one of the best burgers in town.”

The CP Burger ($15 including fries) is not the only highlight on a menu that offers basic lunches plus a taste of the dinner menu.

Friends talk about the pork schnitzel sandwich with garlic aioli ($12) or the turkey-avocado melt ($12).

The flatbreads, soups and salads showcase dishes also available at night. Flatbreads this week included a pancetta-pear-blue cheese or soppressata-egg ($15).

Salads ($8-$15) can be topped with roasted chicken.

All the Pigeon desserts are available. This week, that included a toffee crumb cake, a milk-and-brownies combo or a coffee-chocolate pot de crème.

Clay Pigeon’s new lunch hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. weekdays.

It’s across from the new car dealerships at 2731 White Settlement Road. So it’s a lunch option during car repairs.

“Get your car serviced and come have a flatbread,” Paslay said.

Clay Pigeon also will add Monday dinner hours Feb. 2. So it will be open weekdays for lunch and dinner, Saturdays for dinner; 817-882-8065,

Beef for Valentine’s?

Looks like men are reserving most of the Valentine’s tables.

At least, steakhouses are more booked up than Italian or French restaurants.

You’ll have to dine early or late if you want to take a valentine somewhere like Lonesome Dove, Bonnell’s or a prime steakhouse.

But Piccolo Mondo and Cacharel in north Arlington both have good availability, along with Cafe Modern at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

Book soon. (It’s a Saturday night, so it’ll be busy.)

Dallas newbies

Some notable new openings in Dallas: Remedy, new on Greenville Avenue, brings an artisan touch to a soda-shop/home-cooking menu.

The biscuits, hush puppies and coconut pie rank among all-time favorites. Chef Danyele McPherson, formerly of The Grape, serves dishes such as fried chicken or a mushroom-sweet potato potpie.

It’s open daily for lunch and dinner; 2010-B Greenville Ave., 469-294-4012,

Herrera’s, one of Dallas’ timeless and most beloved Tex-Mex restaurants, has reopened west of downtown at 3311 Sylvan Ave., north of Interstate 30; 214-954-7180,

Bud Kennedy’s column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in 817-390-7538

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