Local soft-shell crabs return to your plate

May 28, 2013

If you listen to Maryland watermen, you'll hear that the first real chance for soft-shell crabs is during the first full moon of May. (Read more about that theory.) While it may or may not be true, we definitely saw a spike in the number of local restaurants offering soft-shell crabs this weekend – which coincided perfectly with last Friday's full moon.

Flash-fried softshell crabs, served with local asparagus, at Catch 54 restaurant in Fenwick Island, Del. (Photo by Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

The Going Out Guide staff tried soft-shells at a number of places over Memorial Day, including Hank's Oyster Bar (delicious but, at $29, a little expensive) and Clyde's (a mediocre sandwich, but only $15.99). I was in Delaware over the weekend and had a fantastic pair of flash-fried soft-shells at Catch 54 in Fenwick Island ($28 for the platter). Dino and the Bethesda Crab House have also been advertising soft-shell specials.

Did you sample any soft-shell crabs over the Memorial Day weekend? How were they?




Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.
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