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Jun 10, 2011 01:49 PM

Soft Shell Crab cravings

I know Soft Shell Crab is in season right now, but not sure who is serving it and doing it well. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to get some delicious soft shell crab, preferably in the near East Bay but will travel a little bit.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Plus a special at Lalime's Berkeley tonight 6/10/11.

      1329 Gilman, Berkeley, CA 94706

      1. re: wolfe

        Thanks, I saw the Lalimes special this morning, but I was thinking more low-brow, like fried Soft Shells etc. I think I may be out of luck.

        1329 Gilman, Berkeley, CA 94706

        1. re: dunehole

          There are quite a number of of sushi rolls that include soft shells like Ace Wasabi's Spider Roll: Spider soft shell crab, avocado, lettuce . Low brow enough?

          1. re: wolfe

            Typically that's made w frozen crab though.

            1. re: Windy

              Assuming "low key" to be less expensive then the frozen would be the way to go. Live are going to be more expensive. Example Prospect's appetizer is 50% more than the spider roll.

    2. I've seen them in the past at Lucky Seafood in Oakland Chinatown...but you'll have to check. They also hae a 2nd location on 12th St.

      1. Prospect in San Francisco has soft shell crab on the menu right now:
        Crispy Softshell Crab – tomatillo, bacon, spring onion aioli

        It's listed as an appetizer, but you can get all their appetizers entree sized if you ask.

        1. Cafe 15 does a very good soft shell crab sandwich as a special some days. They had one on the menu about 2 weeks ago. You can check the daily specials on twitter.

          Cafe 15
          597 15th St, Oakland, CA 94612

          1. If you're willing to put in a little effort to pan fry them yourself, Monterey Fish has them (though call ahead to be sure) for $3.50 each and they will even clean them.

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            1. re: rubadubgdub

              Boot and Shoe Service in Oakland has had them on their menu lately from time to time.They are fresh,plump,fried with a light batter,with an aioli and delicious.Check daily specials.

              Boot and Shoe Service
              3308 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610