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Apr 11, 2012 04:47 AM

Soft shell crabs in Philly

I thought this might be a good place to post who has soft shells in town. I know that Fish has them served with ramps, kohlrabi, hedgehog mushrooms, and smoked buttermilk while Beck's at Reading Terminal Market had a soft shell po-boy special last Saturday. They have them at Under the C too. Any other spottings in the city or nearby?

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  1. I saw them on Vetri's April menu, but I guess you have to pay $135 for the privilege of trying them.

    1. Foobooz has a list:

      Becks Cajun – Soft shell po boy in creole mayo.
      Fish - Soft shell crab in tempura, with Roasted ramps, Kohlrabi, Hedgehog mushrooms, smoked buttermilk
      The Farm and Fisherman – Lightly battered in tempura
      North 3rd – Spotted earlier this week as a special.
      Silk City – Special soft shell crab BLT was a special on Monday (hasn’t been on since).
      Valanni – Soft shells, two ways for the rest of the week
      Varga Bar – Soft shell crab sandwich

      Plus a twitter hashtag listing some other places, like El Vez.

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      1. re: barryg

        barryg, thanks for the Twitter listing. That's great. EL Vez has them? I am shocked! Hopefully someone will have them for lunch on Saturday...

      2. I may be displaying my ignorance here, but aren't soft shell crabs in season during the summer? Or is the season starting this early?

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        1. re: linfr21

          Soft shells generally run from mid to late April until June when they do their thing with their shells. Maybe you are thinking of when hard shell ones are locally in season?

          1. re: linfr21

            The season starts earlier as you move south down to the Carolinas.
            You're sort of right - Maryland/NJ season probably either hasn't started yet or they're just beginning to appear. The soft shells in restaurants now are probably from well south of here.

          2. In the 'burbs - I had a wonderful "surf & surf" entree at Sycamore in Lansdowne last night - tempura softshell & sauteed shad roe. softshells & shad roe - two of the primary reasons that I love spring!
            Both were great, however they were a special so ask when you make your reservation

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            1. Looks like Matyson has them now as well.

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              1. re: Philly Ray

                It sticks that of all of these places (including Standard Tap and Oyster House) nobody served them for lunch/brunch on Saturday except for Beck's. Granted most places aren't open that time...oh well.

                1. re: Philly Ray

                  The matyson tasting menu this week features crab. The softshell crab on the menu is

                  Soft Shell Crab

                  Huitlacoche, avocado, mango, pickled chile

                  Going Wednesday.

                  1. re: cwdonald

                    CWD - please post after you have the matyson crab tasting menu. i don't think i can make it this time around, but i remembering going last year for their crab tasting menu and iirc, there were TWO fried softshell crabs for the one course, which were outstanding. i'm curious to know how this year's crab tasting menu is. thx!