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Jul 18, 2008 07:59 AM

Softshell Crabs

Fellow Chowhounders,

A friend of mine really likes softshell crabs. Having never partaken of this delicacy, I am at a loss. I have heard good things about their preparation at Casablanca, and have once seen soft shell crabs at Fuloon, but I would be very happy to receive additional recommendations, especially for recently consumed preparations at relatively upscale (or very upscale) settings.

Many thanks!

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  1. For a relatively upscale setting, you could try Rendezvous which has it on the current menu. I have to confess being underwhelmed on my most recent visit (a business meal), primarily with service, but the softshell app was excellent and seafood is a strength of theirs. Another hound had a much more positive experience.

    1. Last year, I was in the same position as you, having never tried softshell crabs. So, I opted for Neptune Oyster figuring if anyone would do them right, they would. They had them as a special on the menu, so you may want to call and check. Also, as I was walking by LTK the other day, I noticed someone being served a really delicious looking fried softshell crab sandwich.

      1. I actually had some very good soft shell crabs at Montien, the Thai place in the theatre district. It was quite good and different (I'm used to a very basic pan or deep fried preparation). The portion was huge.

        1. I had some scrumptious small soft shell crabs stir fried with chopped vegetables at a downscale place last week--Xinh Xinh in Chinatown.

          1. I prefer the asian preparations of soft-shell crab as well. I recommend the soft-shell crab dish at Peach Farm.

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            1. re: lycheefloat

              Good suggestion. Surprisingly, I thought the soft shell crabs with ginger (don't remember how it was listed on the menu) was better than the salt and pepper soft shell crabs this year.