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 ;-)
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.
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.
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.)
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 ;)