Tasty Tails Is the Best Crawfish Boil in a Food Court I've Ever Been To

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This is going to be good.
I drove up and down a short length of Legacy Drive in Plano twice, and then circled the Central Legacy Plaza once before I capitulated and called the phone number for Tasty Tails. So where is the restaurant that specializes in New Orleans-style seafood boils? It's tucked inside one of the coolest food courts I've seen in a while.

I sat next to a dude who was served a bowl of soup at a rolling boil in a hot stone bowl, and pancakes, tofu and all sorts of other dishes were flying back and forth on plastic trays. Tasty Tails looks a little out of place in such a setting, but a quick scan of all the tables showed they were fitting in nicely. Nearly half had steaming sacks of seafood spilling the guts of shrimp and crawfish. A few look like they were piled a few orders high.

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The owners take Polaroids of their customers.
At the order counter, a chalkboard menu lays out your options. There's a slew of shellfish, boiled potatoes and corn, crawfish pies and po'boys. There are also boiled turkey necks, which I'm sad to say I did not try -- I was seduced by "the trinity," the same order everyone else seemed to be satisfied with all over the food court.

For a little more than $30, you get a pound each of crawfish, snow crab and shrimp, along with some corn, potatoes and sausage. It's a hearty meal that goes down best with some cold beer. (They entire food court is BYOB, and an Asian grocery located store in the same strip mall has plenty for sale.) It's more than enough for two people.

The food court on its own is reason enough to enjoy Tasty Tails, but the family that runs the place doesn't hurt things. They're beyond polite, and when I pointed out that their crawfish seemed a little small (which it understandable this early in the season) I was told you can call ahead and see what size they were serving on any day.

Food courts may not have the same ambiance as restaurant with fake fish nets and buoys hanging from the wall, but when the boil is good, the boil is good.

Tasty Tails, 240 Legacy Drive, 972-517-7868, tastytailsseafood.com

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J_A_
J_A_

Glad you like this place Scott! I loveeee this food court. There needs to be stuff like this everywhere. The soon du bu (Korean tofu soup) place here is the BEST in Dallas. Also FYI the last time I went the grocery store next door lost their liquor license so hit up Racetrack instead.

I like Tasty Tails, good people & good food at a good price.

Greg820
Greg820

Thanks for the heads up.  It is fascinating to see history repeat itself as another wave of immigrants, like the Acadians before, come into Louisiana and make sweet, sweet music with the local fare.  

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

You "work" your way through crawfish; Imma dig into this Lockhart brisket I just got. 


Worst trends in food:


-make the customer work for his/her food........like chicken wings, crawfish and anything else that takes two weeks to eat.

-Dickey's

-restaurants with one name, that is both shiny AND trendy, and capitulates to the D......maybe someplace with a patio w/thumping beats, tiny man shit and the backward hat. Did I forget to mention sunglass that rests on the BACK of the head? 

J_A_
J_A_

I love crawfish & chicken wings. Mmmm! The others on your list, not so much. Do you hate brunch?

juanmayeaux
juanmayeaux

@kergo1spaceship Crawfish are made to be eaten quickly by someone who knows how to peel them. I guess nancy boys from New England feel the need to be spoon fed these days. Crawfish aren't work, they are Louisiana Lobsters and should be the focus of one helluva party.

Bracelet
Bracelet

@kergo1spaceship  Eating a crawfish takes as much "work" as peeling an orange you big sissy baby. 


Worst trends in humanity:

Being so lazy that we consider feeding ourselves to be work. And not just work. Too much work.


dsmallwood06
dsmallwood06

Eating crawfish is not work if you know how to do it right..!

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

@Bracelet


Awesome.....thank you!!  I don't do white trash stuff.  I love it when a 400 pounder calls me a sissy.  When food becomes the priority instead of the norm, then you have an obese country-like, VOILE.....AMERICA. 



Tear into those chicken wings, you slob. 

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