Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >
Apr 30, 2010 06:22 AM

Where to get Soft Shell Crabs

I saw Hamersley's has a Soft Shell app on the menu. Any other restaurants have them yet? Also, what stores usually sell them? Thanks.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Last summer, Courthouse Seafood had them constantly. Huge sign in the window advertising them.
    New Deal down the street would get them every couple days but sell out pretty quickly. I believe they were $1/ea more at New Deal, but they were also usually larger.

    If you call New Deal, Carl will be most helpful and probably be able to give you a time frame.

    1. Hamersley's is doing well to have them so early. I'm in Beaufort Cty, SC and they have a 2 week season that ends today and I've had a lot of them; but it's a small fishery and not much gets shipped from the immediate area.

      The larger VA/MD season starts in a few week. Lots of restaurants will serve them. Peach Farm does a great spicy fried version.

      The better fish markets will all have them, New Deal, Courthouse, Mardens, Concord Prime and mercato de Mare come to mind but I'm sure there are others.

      Peach Farm
      4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

      1 Reply
      1. re: 9lives

        had one at Scampo the other day but it wasn't as crispy as hoped...Prezza will have them too but not sure when they start

        215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

      2. This was on Daily Candy yesterday:

        Celebration of Soft-Shell Crabs at 51 Lincoln
        What: Chef Jeff Fournier fetes the limited-edition crustacean with a different recipe for each day in May (crabs arrive daily from Maryland).
        Why: Dishes ($12-$28) range from no frills (Old Bay-seasoned crab, fries, drawn butter) to avant-garde (soft-shell mac ’n’ cheese).
        When: Thru May 30. Sun.-Wed., 5-10 p.m.; Thurs., 5-10:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 5-11 p.m. 
        Where: 51 Lincoln St., Newton Highlands (617-965-3100).

        51 Lincoln
        51 Lincoln Street, Newton, MA 02461

        1. Saw on Twitter that Craigie St. will have them on the tasting menu tonight

          1 Reply
          1. re: bobot

            nice. I'll be at Craigie tonight.

          2. Does anyone know of a fishmonger or store on the South Shore to get soft-shells? I work in Cohasset and live in Milton, so a trip over to Cambridge just for soft shells is a tad out of the way for me. I'm willing to make the trip if needed for these delicious crustaceans, but something closer would be great.

            2 Replies
            1. re: AlisaAAM

              You have an excellent fish market in Scituate, Mullaney's. They may have a second store in Cohasset. I'd give them a call and see when/if they have them.

              1. re: AlisaAAM

                Try giving Burkes in N. Quincy a call.