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 ?
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.
110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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.
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