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Soft Shells - DC

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We are visiting this coming weekend and are looking for a restaurant that will have soft shells on their menu.

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  1. Blacksalt had them this past weekend (they were awesome!), and since they are both a premium fish market and upscale seafood restaurant, they're as likely to have them as anyone!

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    Black Salt Fish Market & Bar
    4883 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007

    1. You can usually find them at Nam Viet, one of the best preparations in the area, I might add.

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      1. re: Steve

        Steve, are they fresh there? I got the impression that they used frozen crabs.

        1. re: DanielK

          I have no idea. I've has SS crabs in a lot of places, and these are a very fine preparation. I also love the ones at Bob's 66 Noodles in Rockville, which are done in the typical salt n pepper fashion.

          1. re: Steve

            Second Nam-Viet for softshells. I love the lemon pepper sauce that comes with.

            1. re: flavrmeistr

              Kinkead's has softshells. Preparation was described in the Washington Post last week. Not cheap but superb.

      2. Raku in Bethesda has a nice soft shell bento box.

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        1. re: Jay

          Great soft shell dinner at Buck's fishing and camping. Came with cheese grits and watercress and sweet and sour slaw. Only $17.00 and a ton of food.

          1. re: beauxgoris

            Does Buck's take reservations?

            1. re: jeb

              ^^Not sure. We just walked in on a Friday night and got a seat. Best to call first I guess and check. Also the SS crab was a nice large fat one, none of those tiny little things.

        2. Hank's Oyster Bar usually has softshells on their menu this time of the year...