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?