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Apr 13, 2011 07:59 AM

Soft Shell Crabs!

It is now mid-April, which is usually about when soft shells start appearing on restaurant menus. Are any restaurants in the area serving them yet ?

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  1. Pines of Rome in Bethesda usually has them as a special and they are great. Call them first to find out - 301/657-8775. Don't miss their white pizza as an app.

    Pines of Rome
    4709 Hampden Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814

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    1. re: CDouglas

      It is still a little early for local softshells. Most are imported frozen yet. May is when they start to show up properly.

      1. re: dinwiddie

        They seem to be showing up early this year. Had a great one at Masa 14 last weekend. And yes, I'm sure it wasn't frozen.

        Masa 14
        1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

    2. Had lunch at Restaurant Eve today. A softshell crab sandwich was on the menu. Both my wife and I had it. It was our first softshell this year and wonderful.

      Restaurant Eve
      110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

      1. The first full moon in May is when they usually start to molt. May 17th. However, I have never seen a shedder in the creeks around Annapolis until it gets warmer in June (and with the lousy weather we've been having - could be really late). Frozen soft-shell crabs hold up very well. So much so, that it is often hard to tell the difference from fresh ones. They're served year-round. Try Corduroy.

        1. Had a great soft-shell crab platter from Cameron's in Silver Spring. Two decent-sized, perfectly fried, with fries and slaw, for $8.95. Such a deal.

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          1. re: Mister Big

            Sounds like I just found dinner assuming the Oxon Hill location has the same deal.

          2. I had one at Hank's Oyster Bar (the DC location) yesterday and it was terrific.

            Hank's Oyster Bar
            1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314