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Apr 25, 2007 01:50 PM

Shad or Soft Shell Crabs?

I'm eager to have these spring dishes. Where to go for dinner tomorrow night? I prefer my shad whole, with the bones, but I will settle for fresh fillet; and the soft shells sauteed.
- Max

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  1. Off top of head, would suggest Sansom Street Oyster House for both. Go early--hit the bar for the shellfish specialis and cocktails. I doubt you will find whole shad--too risky for proprietor if someone chokes on a bone. It's actually getting late for shad. My, how I love it. But, I prefer an order of shad +roe--now that's eating!

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    1. re: Bashful3

      Don't know where you live, but we had delicious sauteed soft shells at Yang Ming last weekend.

      Sansom Street Oyster House usually has shad in season, but lately we have been enjoying the fish at McCormick & Schmick - very fresh and good, cooked perfectly - and at Estia. My husband had a whole black bass at Mc & S that was one of the best fish either of us had ever tasted. You could call and ask them what's on the menu.

      1. re: sylviag

        Thanks for the suggestions, though I didn't take any of them. We went to Rx in West Philly and had nicely done filleted shad and lightly battered calamari. Both were delicious!

        1. re: Max Buten

          If anyone else knows where they are serving soft shell crabs as the season progresses, please post!

          1. re: bluehensfan

            Thanks for the post.... I was going to post one this morning...
            We love soft shell crabs! I think Phila. Fish & Co. may have them
            on the menu.

            1. re: BRI328

              I called Philadelphia Fish and Co. and unfortunately no soft shells yet. Good thinking...forgot about the place!

              1. re: bluehensfan

                It is a place we used to frequent a lot, when Trish was the chef and now we hardly ever dine there.

                1. re: BRI328

                  I did talk to Aimee at Talula's Table in Kennett Square and they think they might have them next week!

            2. re: bluehensfan

              I had them last weekend at Vintage. Served over greens, with a red pepper aioli. Simple, fresh and delicious.