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May 21, 2009

An important notice about Soft Crab Week

For those of you interested in Soft Crab Week, mentioned in my Table Talk column, I hope you realized that it will be going on from tomorrow until Sunday, May  31, not Sunday, May 21, since, er, May 21 isn't a Sunday and also it's today.
Posted by Elizabeth Large at 9:55 PM | | Comments (11)


Details, details.

Interesting. Had lunch today at Mari Luna Grille and their "Specials" menu listed Soft crabs in an interesting sounding salsa. I was in Enchilada mode (at about half the price) but was curious at this (for me) novel offering at a Mexican restaurant.

whoa, i am so confused by your crazy ninja speak calendar

And here the crabs thought they had a reprieve.

I'm looking forward to coming home (going luxury camping downyocean) and reading everybody's comments about soft crabs. It's apparently one of those things that you either love or hate.

Personally, I LOVE 'em!

I had soft crab for the first time the other week, and it was...ok. I kind of liked the texture. Won't go out of my way to have it again, but wouldn't turn it down, either.

I will admit, I enjoyed the legs coming out of my sandwich. Made me feel very Klingon.

I love soft shell crab sandwiches, but am never sure where to get them or when places are serving them. I like the idea of soft shell crab week, but my problem is that it doesn't seem like any of the participating restaurants are just doing a plain old sandwich, which is what I would prefer. Anyone have suggestions of places to go to get a non-pretenscious soft shell crab sandwich?

Danielle, I got my soft crab sandwich at Faidley's. They aren't known for pretentious. I have no idea how good their sandwich is, not having had one anywhere else.

MD, I had the Mari Luna soft shells on Sunday and loved them. I went intent on having a taco salad but the soft shells won out. Since my daughter will be visiting this weekend I know we will back there and I'll eat them again if they are available. In a salute to Bucky I had two bottles of Avery IPA with me and enjoyed them without a corkage fee. Next time I will take a bottle of Bordeaux Blanc which will be a perfect match. I suggested Mari Luna for the soft shell top ten and can't understand why they were left out. The only thing I can figure is not enough Old Bay to make a Maryland top ten. The price is $24 for two crabs with two sides. I had the side salad and fried Yucca.

Courtney made soft crab sandwiches for us using crabs bought from the crab truck at the JFX farmer's market. Best sandwiches I ever had in my life.

We also had a good sandwich at Ryleigh's.

Danielle, I can think of two places that make good soft crab sandwiches are Pappas (formerly Hale's) at Oakleigh & Taylor, or Conrad's (formerly Joppa Seafood) on Joppa ~2 blocks east of Loch Raven. If you want sit-down, Perring Place in Perring Plaza (between Mclean and Oakleigh) makes a very nice soft crab platter. Faidley's is lovely, but not necessarily convenient if you're not already downtown.

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