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Chasin’ Tails is ALWAYS in Season!

Sep 05, 2018 06:20PM
Chasin’ Tails Sports Bar and Cajun Cuisine is exactly what the name suggests. The marriage of these two concepts (Cajun cuisine and sports bar) is the brainchild of owners Ken and Geri Wadsworth (who have experienced previous success in the restaurant industry in Colorado).

Ken was transferred here by his employer in 2014, but after 34 years in the corporate world, decided he had had enough. He quit his job and he and Geri opened the Cajun restaurant/sports bar they had been dreaming of. Chasin’ Tails is known for their award-winning crawfish, but they have plenty to offer during “non-crawfish” season, too. With an extensive menu of homemade authentic Cajun dishes, as well as non-Cajun menu items, 24 beers on tap, five daiquiri machines, a full-service bar and 14 HDTVs to satisfy the sports fans, Chasin’ Tails has something for everyone; it’s a great place for dinner with the family, lunch with coworkers, watching the game with buddies or meeting new acquaintances at this friendly neighborhood bar. The casual and fun atmosphere, along with the welcoming staff and their emphasis on customer service, are the reason they have many regulars who have become like family over the last four years. 

But the main attraction is the food!
Cajuns (like Ken who has roots in Lafayette, La.) take their food seriously, and they take pride in their specialty dishes as if they’re in some eternal Cajun cook-off. 
The authenticity of Chasin’ Tails Cajun cuisine comes from Louisiana family recipes that have been passed down for more than 100 years, with only slight variations. For example, at Chasin’ Tails, the gumbo is boneless. They offer chicken and sausage gumbo to guests, plus their seafood gumbo is made to order. Guests are able to choose what seafood they want from a list on the menu (like shrimp, crawfish, scallops, etc.)

At Chasin’ Tails, everything is made from scratch with only the freshest ingredients of the highest quality. Ken’s motto is, “only the best is good enough,” especially when it concerns ingredients. While they source locally whenever possible, Ken and Geri are also committed to providing the best quality ingredients and the most authentic Cajun food, they drive regularly to a Louisiana smokehouse to pick up the sausage boudin and Cajun pork they serve. They even use their own original recipes for condiments and sauces that are made fresh in-house, like their cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, country gravy and their ever-popular Cajun mustard that they serve with fried finger foods, like the fried shrimp, for dipping.

Their signature Cajun dishes are popular, but other customer favorites include the Chicken-Fried Steak (large sirloin steak specially cut and tenderized five times, hand-dipped and fried to perfection, served with choice of homemade meaty country gravy or homemade jalapeño gravy, Texas toast and choice of one side), the Seafood Burrito (a 12-inch flour tortilla packed full of catfish, shrimp, crawfish and homemade dirty rice then smothered with choice of etouffée and/or cream sauce, comes with Texas toast), or the Thursday special, Philly Cheesesteak Dip (Ribeye roast cut in-house and slow-cooked for hours, served alongside onions, mushrooms, peppers and provolone cheese melted on a toasted NOLA style roll with Au Jus for dipping). 

Ken and Geri believe in serving generous portion sizes. For example, the Sunday Special consists of Chicken-Fried Steak (topped with choice of meaty country gravy or jalapeño gravy), two pancakes, two eggs and a side of tator tots for $9.99.

But no matter how big the portions are, loyal customers know to save room for dessert, even if that means taking it to go. The Cajun-inspired dessert menu is sure to entice even the pickiest of eaters. All of the desserts are made from scratch. Customer favorites include Bread Pudding A La Mode (homemade, bread pudding, topped with vanilla ice cream and smothered with their original recipe, warm rum sauce); Beignets (four large beignets dusted with powdered sugar and your choice of dipping sauce: chocolate, honey, cinnamon or raspberry); Fried Bread Pudding Bites (eight “bites” of their homemade bread pudding fried then dusted with powdered sugar, topped with homemade rum sauce) and Fried Pecan Pie (dusted in powered sugar).

Grab the family or gather your friends and head on over to Chasin’ Tails. Don’t forget to tell them you saw it in The SCENE.

Although many Cajuns seem to be of the mindset that there are only two-and-a-half seasons of the year – Crawfish Season, Football Season and a few months of ‘having to do without’ in between; Chasin’ Tails can shed some light on even the Cajun-ist of blackened hearts during those dark times. The “under $10” specials on their menu, served all day, 7 days a week.
Happy hour specials are offered daily for drinks and appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m. During football season, on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, they have 50¢ wings all day (dine-in only, various flavors to choose from), plus $4 giant domestic draft beers. The Daiquiri Flight (2 samples from each of the five New Orleans-style daiquiris) is offered daily for $9.99.