This week’s Womply Merchant Spotlight in on Chasin’ Tails! This Cajun seafood bar in Arlington, VA will leave you craving more. When you get the restaurant, be prepared to eat with your hands and to get a little messy. Chasin’ Tails’ motto is, “No Plates. No Forks. No Rules”, and it builds around the concept of enjoying your meal and digging in to taste every delicious part of your dish. Chasin’ Tails is also known for serving fresh crawfish that’s been flown in from Louisiana. Now if that’s not dedication to serving the freshest ingredients, we don’t know what is!
You can order seafood such as crawfish, shrimp, clams, and crab legs by the pound. Your seafood is then boiled and soaked in Chasin’ Tails’ signature Cajun-style blend, and then tossed in a savory sauce. The sauces range from mild to “N’awlins Hot” and you can choose from Original Cajun (served with Voodoo sauce), Lemon-Pepper, and Garlic Butter. If you’re feeling extra bold, you can choose to have you seafood tossed in the Whole Shebang sauce which is a combination of all three sauces. Delicious!
In addition to the seafood boil, Chasin’ Tails serves an assortment of fried dishes such as soft shell crab, gator bites, and popcorn crawfish tails. The restaurant also whips up a mean bowl of jambalaya and gumbo. This place has it all. Once you sit down and take your first bite at Chasin’ Tails, you’ll think that you’re eating in a restaurant New Orleans’ French Quarter. Oh, and there’s also a full bar with a large variety of drinks to complement your meal so come thirsty as well.
Chasin’ Tails opened its doors last April, and we are so excited to have them on the Womply Team. The owners (who are three brothers) are extremely passionate about the restaurant and food they serve. Womply got the pleasure of getting an interview with them to bring our wonderful users (you!) the inside scoop of this happening place in Arlington. Be sure to check out Chasin’ Tails the next time you’re craving some authentic Cajun food!
Womply’s Interview with Chasin’ Tails
What is your name and title?
Di Dang, Co-Owner
Hac Dang, Co-Owner
Au Dang, Co-Owner
What inspired you to start a restaurant?
Our parents went to LSU in Baton Rouge and our mom’s entire family lives in Louisiana so we grew up eating Cajun food. Everyone in my family has always loved the cuisine, especially the crawfish so we thought, why not?
What is the most popular dish on your menu?
It’s gotta be the crawfish in our “Whole Shebang” sauce. You generally don’t find too many places that offer it so a lot of people come out just for these tasty crustaceans. The sauce is a combination of all three of our other sauces (Original Cajun, Garlic Butter, and Lemon-Pepper), so it has a lot of bold flavors going on.
What is the most traditional Cajun dish that the restaurant serves?
The Seafood & Sausage Gumbo is our most traditional dish. There’s andouille sausage, crab meat, shrimp, the holy trinity (onions, green peppers, & celery) and okra in it. We make it from scratch using a recipe we borrowed from our Cajun Uncle Brian, so there’s definitely a lot of authentic Louisiana influences.
What is your favorite night of the week here and why?
Our favorite night is Friday. On Friday, you get a ton of people just looking for a fun environment, good food, and a few drinks from the bar. The atmosphere in the restaurant is crazy (in a good way). Everyone in the kitchen is working at 110 percent, the servers are running all over the place making sure the customers have everything they need, it’s awesome.
Care to share a tip on how to run a successful restaurant with us?
Make great food and take good care of your customers. That’s the best way we can put it.
How is it running a business with siblings? Do you guys all get along or butt heads at times?
Hah, great question. In business there are always a ton of decisions to be made, which leave a lot of room for differences in opinions. There will be a few loud “debates” every now and then, but other than that it’s pretty peaceful. We try to save the arguing for more important things, like video games and sports.
What was one of the most enjoyable experiences you’ve had with a customer?
There was one time that a customer from New Orleans told us we should offer Fried Green Tomatos. It just so happened that we were testing out a fried green tomato recipe that day. Without telling him beforehand, we brought some out and he loved it. Now it’s on the menu for good. It’s a great feeling to be on the exact same page as your customers.
Chasin’ Tails is located at 2200 N Westmoreland St. in Arlington, VA
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A special thanks to the Dang brothers from Chasin’ Tails for taking the time to speak with us!