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Soft Shell Crab Season

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June means one thing to me... the arrival of fresh soft shells.

I started my annual quest yesterday and was immediately dissapointed when I realized the Oyster House is closed on Sundays.

Headed over to the Standard Tap, where I was not dissapointed. For $12, we had a very basic, but meaty soft shell sandwich served between two peices of bread. It came with fries on the side and an aioli. Very tasty. Only dissapointment was that it was missing one of its claws (my favorite part of the crab).

Anyone else have any soft shells yet? Where should I try next?

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  1. Fuji in Haddonfield is featuring them this week, and Matt Ito has some most unusual approaches to them: ie, divine. Go for his egg-based sauce.

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    1. re: Bashful3

      Had them at Fuji last night - excellent in what was called a lemon garlic sauce (sauteed). I say "called" because it was a brownish red colored sauce. The crabs had been lightly dredged in flour. Perfect!

      1. re: Bigley9

        I had them at Fuji Friday night -fried, very tasty, but the sauteed are better.

    2. You are fortunate that you did not go to Oyster House to satisfy your soft shell crab craving. On a recent visit to the Oyster House, I was disappointed to find that my $24 entree of soft shell crab was just that, "one" soft shell crab (not plural). While it was delicious, I just felt the price of this entree and portion size were a total rip off.

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      1. re: rocknroll52

        Did it come with any sides? I too have been disappointed with the price/portions at the new Oyster House. It's good for Happy Hour and that's about it--and even then, there are other places with better oyster selection for buck-a-shuck. I do like the bartenders at the Oyster House.

        1. re: barryg

          The lone crab was served atop a smallish portion of fava beans.

        2. re: rocknroll52

          I usually enjoy the Oyster House but at $24 for one soft shell crab they would fall out of favor very quickly! A TOTAL RIP OFF, INDEED! SHAME ON THEM! Normally a calm diner but that kind of thing would find me loudly not accepting the entree.

        3. Great soft shells to be had (seriously) at Under the C in the food court of the Comcast Center. They are a whopping $6 or so a piece and if they are not busy and you ask nicely they may just sautee them up fresh for you. Alive one minute and on your plate five minutes later...how can it get any better or cheaper?

          If you want to spend a lot of $ there are other places in Kennett, Wilmington and nearby that I can tell you but they are better at under the C!

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          1. re: bluehensfan

            They were actually only $5 a piece on Saturday...

            1. re: bluehensfan

              Quick, bluehen - where in Kennett or Wilmington!!! I've only seen them at the seafood market on 202 and would not feed them to my cows (if I had any cows).

              1. re: danbee1

                They usually serve them at Culinaria and (ick) Krazy Kat's every year. I know that the Half Moon Saloon and possibly SOvana Bistro have served them in the past.

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                Culinaria
                1812 Marsh Rd Ste 10, Wilmington, DE 19810

                Krazy Kats Restaurant
                Kirk Rd, Montchanin, DE 19710

                1. re: bluehensfan

                  I've had them in season at Feby's; very good.

                  1. re: Philly

                    How much do they go for and are they fried or sauteed (if you do't mind me asking!) Thanks!

                    1. re: bluehensfan

                      I haven't stopped by yet this season, but I had them sauteed last year. I recall that I had two for less than $20. I've always found their prices to be very reasonable.

                      1. re: Philly

                        Wow...good to know. I may have to give them a try. How is the other stuff at Feby's. I haven't been there in like 100 years. :)

                        1. re: bluehensfan

                          My wife and I usually eat there whenever we are in town. We always start with a bucket, 50, steamers and then get whatever looks good as an entree. We both love their crabcakes, virtually no filler. We always get them grilled not fried. In fact, we always get the seafood grilled/sauteed versus fried. We're looking forward to our 8 day stay in Wilmington in August; I know we'll be at Feby's at least 3-4 times sitting at the bar enjoying seafood.

                          1. re: Philly

                            Thanks for letting me know what to get!

            2. I had the sof shells at Demitri's last night. The entree was 3 niced sized crabs with sides of escarole and rice for $24. The place is a dump but has great sea food.

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                1. re: barryg

                  interesting, i don't think i would call either location a dump, but i gues there's a new nolibs---is it perhaps a dump??

                  1. re: barryg

                    I probably overstated. 3rd and Catherine looks like a lunchonette but always clean, though not particularly an atmosphere restaurant.

                2. We had fabulous soft shells at Matyson on Saturday. BTW the entire dinner was terrific.