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Jun 26, 2007 10:00 AM

Looking for some fresh soft shell crab.

I am craving some soft shell crab and wondering of any non-asian restaurants serving them on there menus right now.

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  1. they're in prime season right now. neptune has them only wednesday nights this summer.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Thanks, I usually only hit Neptune for lunch seeing as its always crowded for dinner.

    2. Apologies for hijacking your thread just a bit, but I'm personally always a tad disappointed by non-Asian preparations so I'd like to ask where the best Asian places to get SS crab are?

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      1. re: davis_sq_pro

        Non-Asian: Had a good one at Rialto (Charles Hotel) recently; lightly fried, with capers and pistachios.

        Asian: New Jumbo Seafood (Chinatown) has a great version of the standard salt-and-pepper fried, with green chilies

        1. re: davis_sq_pro

          By the way, I had a pretty good non-Asian prep at McCormick and Schmick's a couple of weeks ago. Great caper and lemon sauce, but as with other non-Asian preps I was not pleased by the lack of a really crispy outer shell. I guess I just prefer my SS crab deep fried ;)

          1. re: davis_sq_pro

            Folks say that Dok Bua uses frozen SSCs, but they've got great deep frying technique.

            1. re: limster

              I spoke with DB yesterday; and they are using frozen.

              Last year they had "fresh" in season

              I love their preparation..fried with a curry sauce.

          2. I had a wonderful version at Rendezvous in Central Square recently.

            Fried softshell crab with a warm salad of dandelion, vidalia onion and meyer lemon 14

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              1. re: wittlejosh

                I'd personally rather go to Peach farm or New jumbo, but the girlfriend won't eat in Chinatown and is not an adventurous eater at all.

                1. re: phatchris

                  The fried soft shell crab at peach farm is great. I don't recall ever seeing it on the menu but they have it if you ask, I believe it was $13 for a nice portion.

                  1. re: dorian

                    I agree, they are great at Peach Farm. I think it was about 17$ when we went earlier this month:


              2. re: BostonZest

                Second thumbs up for Rendezvous. My DC loved his softshell crab app last night, and raved in particular about the light, thin breading. (Everything else we had was superb too -- lobster gnocchi starter, and braised rabbit to die for.)

              3. T.W. Food has a Maryland soft-shell crab appetizer that's done as an escabeche: lightly fried, marinated in some interesting flavors (lemon, mint, ginger), and served cold. Quite delicious.

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                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  I had a slight variant of this same dish and wasn't particularly impressed -- the escabeche blunted the crispness of the crab, making it some what soggy. Sounds like they have improved recently.

                  1. re: limster

                    I wouldn't call it a perfect dish -- the crab sat on a kind of crouton that was unpleasantly soaked with what tasted like butter -- but it was definitely cooked lightly enough to preserve some good crisp texture.

                  2. re: MC Slim JB

                    First-rate review of the spot, by the way. Not just the lovely food descriptions, but in the pitch-perfect analysis of its place in the local dine-o-sphere. It's refreshing to see a food writer rooting for a place without devolving into fawning praise. Good balancing act.

                  3. Great Bay has a soft shell crab dish. Lovely presentation, but the shell was oddly chewy (like they grabbed it a bit too late after molting)-:
                    At $28 for a soft shell crab, I'd take the asian style any day though ;-)

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                    1. re: Spike

                      I actually had a half decent one at Kingfish for 13 bucks.

                      1. re: phatchris

                        Went to Prezza last night had there version which was very good, fried perfectly on top of a bed of watercress salad with shaved fennel and yellow and red cherry tomatoes.