Jennie Tai
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WTF Delicious: Gator Bites

WTFDelicious spotlights brow-raising bites that venture out-of-the-box to change the way we see “good food”. Enjoy hover-friendly photos and deets on forks full of pure, tasty, genius.

Kudos if you can name the 2010 Will Ferrell comedy the little hover quote is from!

Arlington’s very first crawfish house opened last March 2012 and has become a go-to spot for fresh seafood, NOLA bites and dangerously delicious cocktails. Since then, they’ve added customizable salads, multiple flat screens to cover all games and even a giant crane game that offers diners a chance to win steamed lobster dinners for $3 per try.

Though there have been a few changes and additions to the restaurant since their grand opening, I noticed an exotic “fried fixin” from the original menu that has stuck since I first visited last Spring.  I’m not surprised it’s still there (it’s one of my favorite things on the menu) , but I think it’s time I added it to the WTF Delicious family. This particular animal can grow up to 14.5 ft long, and is considered a “living dinosaur” that has roamed the earth for over 180 million years, dining on anything from fish to deer, panthers and even black bears [Discovery].

The fried gator bites at Chasin’ Tails are made of boneless cubes of alligator meat (normally from the tail) that are battered, fried and served with a tin cup of smooth, tangy  “voodoo” sauce (a special house-made sauce that packs the heat).

Gator meat tastes like a cross between dark meat chicken and calamari. It’s less chewy than squid or chicken gizzards, but like most chewy meats–goes down a lot easier when it’s fried. High in protein and low in carbs and saturated fats–alligator meat is considered a healthier option to chicken and is significantly leaner than pork.

Looking for more NOLA-inspired gator bites? Check out the pan-seared  “gator three ways” (spicy red chile, dijon mustard and applewood bbq) at DC’s redline or the Wednesday “Gator” special at Bayou.

Chasin’ Tails: 2200 N Westmoreland St #103, Arlington, VA 22213; 703-538-2565; www.chasintailscrawfish.com.

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