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Soft Shell Crabs for Lunch

lbs May 24, 2007 01:59 PM

Does anyone know where they are serving soft shell crabs for lunch? I've been having a craving and my old stand by place (Dearborn Oyster Place) has since closed.

I'd like to treat myself for lunch next week.

I work at Jackson and State and will need to fit it in within an hour so I guess nothing more than a 6-7 block walk in any directions.


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    JJ. RE: lbs May 24, 2007 02:48 PM

    You might try Heaven on Seven.


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      masha RE: JJ. May 24, 2007 04:20 PM

      I had the softshell po'boy at Heaven on 7 yesterday. Frankly, I was disappointed. The batter seemed to lack seasoning. Also, very cumbersome to eat. I didn't note if there was any sort of softshell platter.

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        bdretired RE: masha May 22, 2012 12:07 PM

        heaven on seven always overrated.

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          bdretired RE: ferret May 22, 2012 12:48 PM

          I'll go to any length to see whose got soft shell in chicago now.

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            camusman RE: bdretired May 22, 2012 01:14 PM

            Sun Wah does a good job with soft shells.
            But then I like Heaven on Seven, so you may want to disregard.

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              masha RE: bdretired May 22, 2012 03:05 PM

              They are on the menu at Trattoria No. 10 currently (both lunch & dinner). I've not tried them so I cannot comment on the preparation.

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        Original Kman RE: lbs May 24, 2007 05:32 PM

        Shaw's has them on their menu right now: http://www.shawscrabhouse.com/chicago...

        Not cheap but I've had them there before and they are very good. Of course it's about 8.5 blocks north of you so, technically, it's out of the requested radius.

        Shaw's Crab House
        21 E. Hubbard St.

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          ChefJune RE: Original Kman Jun 1, 2007 11:33 PM

          Great minds.... when I saw this thread title, I thought: "Shaw's!"

          I'd go there....

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            lzrada RE: ChefJune Jun 2, 2007 04:58 PM


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          frankiewickerpark RE: lbs Jun 1, 2007 10:07 PM

          I had them at Cuatro in the South Loop a couple of weeks ago. Not sure if they are still serving them. They were divine, btw.

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            jbw RE: lbs Jun 2, 2007 01:06 PM

            I find soft-shells to be a bit of a crapshoot here in the Midwest, so I don't usually order them, but I did notice that Glenn's Diner, a good place for seafood in general, occasionally offers soft-shell po'boys on their chalkboard. Call first, tho, to make sure they've got 'em in house.

            Glenn's Diner
            1820 W. Montrose Ave.

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              frankiewickerpark RE: lbs Jun 3, 2007 07:31 PM

              Saw them at 2 places over the weekend (but didn't have them at either place): Club Lucky in Bucktown and at the Cafe at the Ritz in Watertower Place. Last place I had them for dinner was at Cuatro in the South Loop and they were excellent there.

              1. leek RE: lbs Jun 5, 2007 06:06 AM

                Not at all in your desired location, they had them at Sola over the weekend
                (on Byron at Lincoln)

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                  lbs RE: lbs Jun 5, 2007 06:08 AM

                  Thanks everyone for looking out for these. Unforunately, work got crazy and so I am working through lunch and relaying on Lean Cusines. Forunately, when I get the chance to have them at lunch, they will taste that much better!

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