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Speak of deal - soft shell crab

sheila May 31, 2007 08:56 AM

Two weeks ago, I called Oceanfresh in Attleboro a day ahead to ask them whether they had soft shell crab and they did me they did. But when I got there, I was told that they were all gone. It was the stupidity on my side. I should check before I went there.

Anyway, I tried to get them again. I didn't remember which day I called Fresh Pond Seafood but I heard the message saying that they were temporarily closed.

A depressing weekend.

I had been thinking of the crab for days. Then on Thursday, I accidentally disovered from Roche Bro's paper that they had them for $2.99 a piece! I hit all the traffic and got to their West Roxbury store the next day after work.

Thanks God. Even though they were small, they were alive and kicking. Even better they cleaned them for me. I got four of them. Believe it or not, they were still kicking when they were placed on the cutting board.

Chopped up the hot pepper and garlic and breaded them with flour and butter. Fried them. One of the best days of my life.

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  1. bitsubeats May 31, 2007 09:14 AM

    so they were still alive as opposed to dead and cleaned? either way that is a fantastic deal, congrats. I should hit up roche bros this weekend, but I bet they will all be gone.

    1. tatamagouche May 31, 2007 09:19 AM

      I noticed them at Wulf's in Brookline yesterday, though I was just passing by so can't speak to their quality.

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      1. re: tatamagouche
        chefboyardee May 31, 2007 09:23 AM

        I've had them from wulf's recently. Very fresh, they'll clean them for you, but they certainly ain't $2.99, probably more than double that if I remember correctly.

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        9lives May 31, 2007 09:25 AM

        J Hooks had them this AM..good sized..$5 each

        1. steinpilz May 31, 2007 09:43 AM

          I got some softshell crabs from Savenors downtown last year, had them cleaned, took them back on the T (to Newton Centre), and they were still kicking when I cooked them in the pan that evening - not 'alive' but certainly very fresh. I'm hoping to get some again, maybe this weekend.

          1. MaineRed May 31, 2007 10:43 AM

            BTW- Fresh Pond Seafood looks more than just "temporarily" closed...big red X for demolition on the entire building. :(

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            1. re: MaineRed
              Bob Dobalina Jun 1, 2007 06:36 AM

              Yep - Fresh Pond is closed permanently.

            2. litchick May 31, 2007 12:38 PM

              Picked up about 4 or 5 or the Roche Bros crabs this weekend -- they were fantastic!

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                Blumie Jun 1, 2007 06:24 AM

                The NYTimes had a recipe for soft shell crab po'boys on Wednesday. Probably still available for free at nytimes.com.

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                1. re: Blumie
                  Taralli Jun 1, 2007 07:02 AM

                  Strip T's on School St. in Watertown has ssc po'boys on their Spec'ls Board. Call to see when they'll have them. http://www.stripts.com/

                  1. re: Taralli
                    okra Jun 1, 2007 08:15 AM

                    Called, and they said they usually run 'em as a special after Memorial Day (when the price drops), so.... I'll be calling back next week.

                  2. re: Blumie
                    okra Jun 1, 2007 08:30 AM


                    I love the part that says...

                    (Warning: Contains images of violence to crabs.





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                    InmanSQ Girl Jun 1, 2007 06:49 AM

                    New Deal Seafood on Cambridge St. (across from Live Poultry, Fresh Kill) has soft shell crabs for $3.99 a piece that looked like a nice size to me. The extra dollar may be worth it for the difference in travel time for many people (esspecially given the cost of gas and traffic).

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                    1. re: InmanSQ Girl
                      DanInCambridge Jun 12, 2007 11:23 AM

                      I bought some soft shell crabs from New Deal last wednesday. It was the first time I had ever eaten soft shell never mind prepared them. They were whale size I believe and were 5.99 a piece. I bought two.
                      Prepared them simply, tossed with some seasoned flour, shallow fry in some oil and butter, some lemon wedges. They were deffinitely good and I'd probably make them again, but I have one question. I asked them to clean them, but it looks like all they did is cut the head off, is that all there is to "cleaning" them? I did notice a very light yellow substance ooze out while cooking and really avoided it as I ate because it just didn't taste right to me, and I didn't like the texture. Look and feel was a lot like a dijon mustard. So was the crab properly cleaned, or did I miss a step before cooking them?

                      1. re: DanInCambridge
                        itaunas Jun 12, 2007 11:34 AM

                        The yellow is normal and I enjoy it, but it can be a bit astringent. In addition to the head (and head sac), they need to remove the gills and one piece of shell which you may not have noticed them taking off. I expect they cleaned them fine for you.

                        FWIW Courthouse's restaurant just up the street from New Deal has a soft shell sandwich for $6.99.

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