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Soft Shell Crab

Mollusk May 26, 2007 10:21 AM

I couldn't help but be tempted by the Martha Stewart special this week on Soft Shell Crab. Has anyone started seeing them on menus around town? Where? Where?

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    vinosnob May 29, 2007 09:51 AM

    Had them as an app at Rock 'n Fish in Manhattan Beach over the weekend. Tempura style and delicious!

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      WHills May 27, 2007 04:57 PM

      Gorikee's in Woodland Hills does an excellent version as an appetizer. Lightly fried and very yummy with a touch of garlic. Around $10.

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        handlertaper May 27, 2007 07:06 PM

        I know people speak disparagingly about the Ivy/Ivy at the Shore but I always enjoy the Soft Shell Crab, Cajun style at the Ivy at the Shore.

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          maudies5 May 27, 2007 08:11 PM

          Insanely delicious Soft Shells at Toscana the other night.

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            msmd310 May 28, 2007 11:53 PM

            the Ivy has soft shell crabs as a special- delish

        2. Hughlipton May 27, 2007 09:49 AM

          Just last week I had softshell crabs in spicy salt at Hop Li on Alpine St. in Chinatown. They were the rave of the table.

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            Oh Robin May 27, 2007 12:09 AM

            Tokyo Hibachi in Lakewood. My favorite.

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              oerdin May 26, 2007 04:17 PM

              Soft shell crab is mostly an east coast thing especially in Maryland and Virginia where most of the soft shell crabs come from. Yes, they're good once in a while but if you order them on the east coast be prepared to pay the price since they have to be either flown in or froze and you don't want frozen.

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                cuppajoe May 27, 2007 10:11 PM

                i grew up in the Washington/Baltimore area. As teenagers, we would buy steamed soft shell crabs for 25 cents a piece. Yes, that's right....a quarter a piece. big, fat, juicy ones. Along with the crab order, there was always a small paper cone filled with hot mustard.
                Oerdin, thanks for reminding me!!

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                Dave and Stuff May 26, 2007 03:57 PM

                Yatai on Sunset Blvd, just West of La Cienega has delicious soft shell crab with a creamy chili sauce that's amazing.

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                  mpron May 26, 2007 12:55 PM

                  Harold and Belle's on Jefferson a few blocks east of Crenshaw.

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                    barcelona May 26, 2007 01:17 PM

                    Check out Matsuda in Studio City... must have reservations!!! tell them Alan with Barcelona sent you

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                    justagthing May 26, 2007 12:13 PM

                    Soft Shell Crab hand rolls....ummm mmmm good!

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                      JudiAU May 26, 2007 11:05 AM

                      Ate a delicous one paired with succotash at Campanile last week. Santa Monica Seafood has them but the price is still very high.

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