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Looking for some fresh soft shell crab.

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phatchris Jun 26, 2007 10:00 AM

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

  1. hotoynoodle Jun 26, 2007 10:10 AM

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

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      phatchris Jun 26, 2007 10:14 AM

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

    2. davis_sq_pro Jun 26, 2007 10:22 AM

      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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        wittlejosh Jun 26, 2007 10:27 AM

        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

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          davis_sq_pro Jun 26, 2007 10:30 AM

          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 ;)

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            limster Jun 26, 2007 10:22 PM

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

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              9lives Jun 27, 2007 05:03 AM

              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. BostonZest Jun 26, 2007 10:32 AM

            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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              wittlejosh Jun 26, 2007 11:12 AM

              Jeez, that sounds good!!

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                phatchris Jun 26, 2007 01:26 PM

                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.

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                  dorian Jun 26, 2007 05:16 PM

                  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.

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                    Rubee Jun 26, 2007 05:35 PM

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

                    Pic:
                    http://www.chow.com/photos/44963

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                triple creme Jun 27, 2007 01:37 PM

                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. MC Slim JB Jun 26, 2007 01:38 PM

                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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                  limster Jun 26, 2007 04:09 PM

                  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.

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                    MC Slim JB Jun 26, 2007 08:23 PM

                    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
                    wittlejosh Jun 27, 2007 10:11 AM

                    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.

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                    Spike Jun 26, 2007 03:16 PM

                    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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                      phatchris Jun 26, 2007 03:42 PM

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

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                        phatchris Jun 27, 2007 09:18 AM

                        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.

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