Passed down through crabbing families along the Chesapeake, local MD lore says that if Testudo the Terrapin emerges from his Maryland dormitory and sees his shadow, it's six more weeks until soft-shell season. Or we just made that up, and it's actually soft-shell season now, which is why we've put together a crawl of the best restaurants in the city to take down those pinching b*stards and hopefully spread our made-up legend to gullible tourists from Kansas.
Stop #1: KAZ Sushi Bistro
1915 I St NW; 202.530.5500
The Japanese small plate hot spot does two soft-shells: one with Brussels sprouts and a carrot vinaigrette, and another that's tempura'd and topped with ponzu sauce. Also, seaweed. Also, dried bonito flakes. Als -- you know what? Just get this one.