A new restaurant opened near us in Arlington, VA: Chasin’ Tails. And because I loved their sense of humor (their coming soon banner read “Chasin’ Tails… A Crawfish Seafood Restaurant” just to stay in the good graces of the neighbors as they built), I had to try it.
As usual, before we went I reviewed their menu online and phoned in with questions. The manager was happy to hunt down answers to my many questions, and as a result we had a great experience. This was a fun, casual, family friendly place that we can’t wait to return to. Best of all, we had great success with my son’s allergies.
Here’s the skinny:
- The manager checked the full ingredients of everything from the dessert (beignets!!!!!) to the breading of fried items;
- He was quick to bring up issues, like the fact they use buttermilk to bind the seafood/chicken to its breading;
- The chefs were willing to alter the way they operate in order to prepare food safely for my son. For example, when he wanted chicken tenders, they used egg (thank goodness he’s now outgrown that allergy!) to bind the breading to the meat;
- Their fry oil is a canola/soybean blend. If you’re allergic to dairy, you may wish to check to see if the fries are fried with the buttermilk-bound seafood and, with the help of your allergist, determine if that is safe;
- The regular fries are flavored with a cajun spice. They are DELICIOUS, but a little spicy for the kids. Like most items, you can order them without the spice. (P.S.: The amazing sweet potatoes fries – of which I ate 2 lbs – come UNspiced);
- The beignets are nut-free! They are warm and they are yummy!
My son excitedly tried my lobster, my friend’s shrimp in addition to his own chicken tenders. Everything we ate was so good, we are all talking about going back very, very soon!