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lnyc Jun 8, 2010 06:31 AM

Family visiting in town, looking for soft shell crabs in the District or Bethesda area. Any recommendations welcome!

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    fatfoodie Jun 11, 2010 12:17 PM

    Bibiana had some as a starter a few weeks ago.

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    Bibiana
    1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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      kelly5612 Jun 11, 2010 09:00 AM

      Brasserie Beck offered them Tuesday as a special.

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      Brasserie Beck
      1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        Adam23 Jun 10, 2010 08:38 AM

        If you can get up to/metro up to Rockville, I had a fabulous soft shell crab at Bobby's Crabcakes in Rockville Town Center. Huge size. Perfectly cooked.

        Blacksalt is also a very good choice.

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        Bobby's Crabcakes
        101 Gibbs St Unit C, Rockville, MD 20850

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          DanielK Jun 10, 2010 11:45 AM

          Strongly second Bobby's - some of the best and biggest softies I've ever had. I only didn't mention because the OP asked for DC/Bethesda, so BlackSalt seemed the safer choice!

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          BlackSalt
          4883 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20007

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            Pappy Jun 10, 2010 11:55 AM

            Funny, I like the smaller ones better. I also like them simply sauteed in butter with fresh herbs, which I don't believe Bobby's does.

            Best in the city are at Le Chaumiere.

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              DanielK Jun 10, 2010 08:17 PM

              Bobby's definitely does sauteed, not just fried, and if you ask him, he'll tell you he prefers them that way.

              The problem with the larger ones is that sometimes the more mature crabs have started to develop that tougher outer skin, which makes them harder to eat. The ones I've had the last few weeks at Bobby's have been incredibly tender and meaty.

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                Pappy Jun 11, 2010 07:53 AM

                Good to know Daniel, thanks. I didn't know Bobby's did sauteed.

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                  Teddybear Jun 11, 2010 08:22 AM

                  I think the toughness of the outer shell has more to do with how long they've been out the water than their size. When I eat huge crabs from my friend's peeler palace they are freshly shed and incredibly tender.

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                    DanielK Jun 11, 2010 12:06 PM

                    Thanks, Teddybear, I hadn't heard that before.

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              dcandohio Jun 8, 2010 04:26 PM

              On Memorial Day Weekend I had THE BEST soft shell crab sandwich at Market Lunch at Eastern Market. It was awesome.

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              Market Lunch
              225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

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                yfunk3 Jun 8, 2010 11:31 AM

                Well, I've never had it, but I did see it on the menu of Old Ebbitt Grill if you're near the White House...

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                Old Ebbitt Grill
                675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                1. ktmoomau Jun 8, 2010 10:48 AM

                  Second Blacksalt, would also add Againn.

                  1. DanielK Jun 8, 2010 06:51 AM

                    BlackSalt.

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                    BlackSalt
                    4883 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20007

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                      elegantelliot Jun 8, 2010 07:08 AM

                      redwood had them as a special on saturday night and they were very good

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