Tapping into Cajun Cuisine at Chasin’ Tails

A few weeks ago, my husband noticed someone across the street from La Cote D’or waving around a sign with some sort of crustacean on it. He guessed it would be a new seafood place opening up. Little did I know that only a few days later, people on Twitter were buzzing about a place called Chasin’ Tails Seafood and Bar (Twitter handle @ChasinTailsCF) and talking especially about the crawfish there! If any of you listen to the Sports Junkies, 106.7 the Fan, you know that EB was helping to hype up that place as well. He is friends with the owners; and after seeing his pictures of his crawfish dinner at their grand opening, I had to go check them out!

The restaurant is actually the old location for the Bear Rock Café in Falls Church, right down the street from the State Theater. We walked in and were immediately impressed at the architecture and décor. I love the dark wood; it gave the place a very modern and clean feel, which is very impressive for a seafood place. There were tables set up outside as well, if you wanted to dine al fresco. For a Sunday night, there was a nice size crowd.

Looking over the menu, there’s a decent selection of seafood for those who are not into craw daddys. But I was determined to try out their crawfish and see how it compared to a few other places I’d eaten at. The crawfish are served by the pound, and you get your choice of 1 of 4 seasoning mixes and then you pick your heat level. What impressed me on the menu was that each bag of seafood comes with corn and a potato and for each 2 lbs you order, sausage is included.  We got an order of the Cajun seasoning, Hot and then the Whole Shebang seasoning, Hot. The Whole Shebang is just a combo of the Cajun, Lemon/Pepper and Garlic seasonings.

 Your crawfish comes out steamed in a bag, enveloped in the seasoning and spices and you get to wear a bib and just go to town with your fingers, no silverware needed! I was amazed at the size of the crawfish, they were huge. I had read somewhere that their crawfish were flown in live, so none of the frozen variety here. The Cajun seasoning was average to me; the Whole Shebang seasoning on the other hand, was amazing! I love the mix of all the flavors and since I got it Hot, it was finger licking delicious!  For those who may be afraid of the heat, I didn’t think the Hot was that spicy at all, it was a good level of heat that didn’t make you sweat and numb the rest of your taste buds. I love breaking off the crawfish tail, sucking the juices out of the top half and then picking at the delicious tail meat. It was so savory and juicy and every bit worth the hype!

We ended our dinner with the beignets for dessert. They come out in bite size pieces smothered in powdered sugar and served with strawberry jam. I love the concept of the mini beignet pieces, but they were not that spectacular in my book. The beignets weren’t as airy and fluffy as the kind I’m used to, but dipping them in the strawberry jam helped.

You also can’t beat the pricing here. Priced per pound, the crawfish were very reasonable and the restaurant itself is great for large parties. So what is my final verdict here, good bye Hot N Juicy, I no longer need to trek out to DC for really delicious crawfish. And even though I did love the crawfish at Seaside Crab House in Eden Center, I like the variety offered at Chasin’ Tails. I have a new spot and cannot wait to go back for a few more pounds! I was also eyeballing their gumbo and jambalaya, can’t wait to give those dishes a try next time.

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