Where can you buy soft shell crab in OC?
Does anyone know where you can buy soft shell crab in Orange County or Long Beach? I suspect the usual places like Santa Monica Seafood, Bristol Farms, and Gelson's but I haven't looked yet. Does anyone know when the season is?
The BEST place to buy Soft Shells is in Downtown LA at LA FISH on STANFORD at 4th. Walk in, go to the Cash sale, W/C window and order a case of(size)Hotels, Large or Jumbo. The price will shock you and there are only 12 or 24?in a case which will be the cost of a half doz at the Fish retail stores. Something around 2.25 ea rings a bell. I think live is in season again. If you buy live and can't finish them , freeze them after you've cleaned them. Cleaning means :scissor their eyes,mouth and feelers off, tear off the the top shell and remove gills, DONE.
I just went to Santa Monica Seafood in Santa Monica last Thursday and soft shell crabs were in. I asked if they were alive and the guy said they weren't and it'd be best to wait "a while" to buy them when they could get them live. I don't know exactly what "a while" meant to him but I didn't buy any! It was the first day they were in.
Gelson's, Newport Beach, didn't have this weekend & Bristol Farms will not stock until they can get them live - probably about the 2nd week in May.