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Apr 26, 2013 07:43 AM

Soft shell crab sightings

Anyone seen any fresh soft shell crabs on any menus in Philly yet? I know it's kind of early...

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  1. No - I haven't seen them at the Terminal or Ippolito's yet either.

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    1. re: Bigley9

      Have you ever eaten at Ippolito's? I was thinking of trying that one of these weeks...

      1. re: bluehensfan

        I've gotten take out (there are only about 3 stools to eat there). I like their chowders a lot. They had a decent fish taco. I really like their coleslaw (a little vinegar-y which I like). I have had them steam lobsters and taken home some of their appetizers. They will cook anything they have in the case for you - which is nice but I live about 1.5 miles away so I don't usually take advantage of that.

    2. On the menu at Fuji (Haddonfield) and at Yang Ming in Bryn Mawr.

      1. I saw them in the case at Under the C in the Comcast Center for $6.99 each. Pretty good size.

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        1. re: Philly Ray

          I saw them too about ten days ago there so I wonder if they are fresh or frozen?

          1. re: bluehensfan

            They didn't look very lively, even for being in a refrigerated case, so maybe not fresh. Plus, they were selling them precooked about 2-3 weeks ago, so my guess is frozen.

            1. re: Philly Ray

              yea they seem to always have them, so they aren't always fresh. But I do think they carry the fresh ones when they are in season.

        2. Not on any menus, but Wegmans in KoP and Malvern has live ones.

          1. Tasting menu at Blackfish this week is featuring soft shell crab.

            Soft Shell Crab Tasting

            Soft Shell Crab Tempura
            cous cous, honshimeji mushrooms, cucumber, mint, and zucchini

            Soft Shell Crab 'Spaghetti"
            tomato broth, green onions, and grana padano cheese

            Soft Shell Crab
            lamb's lettuce, remoulade, cured tomato, and warm brioche

            Blueberry Soup
            lemon curd, yogurt, and dried strawberries