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Jstrelitz May 8, 2007 07:49 AM

Is it time? My father is coming in this weekend and I want to treat him. Live in Arlington but will travel a bit -- any recs?

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    Rosco1 RE: Jstrelitz May 8, 2007 08:31 AM

    Sorry to say - MD crabs will not begin shedding their shells for about 3 weeks :-(

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      Lowbar RE: Rosco1 May 8, 2007 01:39 PM

      Really? There was a full moon May 2nd and water temps in the middle and upper Bay are in the mid 50s from what I hear, I'd be surprised if there was zero availability of local critters.

    2. monavano RE: Jstrelitz May 8, 2007 08:49 AM

      There are restaurants serving up fresh soft shell crabs however. I'd peruse the menu's at Johnny's Half Shell and the Blue Duck Tavern. Both terrific places. Vidalia and Acadiana also come to mind as southern inspired and upscale.
      I'd give them a call to verify that they have soft shells, but the above would be great places to start.

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        elegantelliot RE: monavano May 8, 2007 12:49 PM

        BLT had a great soft shell appetizer special last week!

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          jpschust RE: monavano May 8, 2007 01:37 PM

          Had amazing softshells at the new Majestic last week as well.

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            baconjen RE: jpschust May 9, 2007 07:09 PM

            What did you think of the new Majestic? You're one of my most trusted chowhounds, so I'm curious how you felt about the overall experience. Thanks!

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              jpschust RE: baconjen May 9, 2007 07:55 PM

              I thought it was very good, if not simple food (though often simple food is the best food) made very well and sold at a fair price. I was there on opening night, so I'm not sure it's the best judge of how the restaurant will be. Service was still getting kinks worked out, but overall it was a very nice experience. We had crabcakes, softshells, ny strip + frites, and fried green tomatoes. For dessert she had the strawberry shortcake and i had a selection of cheeses. Again all very good.

              One note especially- I got a chance to look at the kids menu. It sure is nice to see a kids menu that doesn't cater to the lowest level of kids tastes. It's nice to see healthy good options with mature flavors (grilled salmon was on the kids menu!)

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                baconjen RE: jpschust May 9, 2007 08:50 PM

                Great info on the kids menu (I'm always curious about that). I agree - I'm trying SO hard to introduce my kids to all types of foods and I get so frustrated by the kids menus.

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