Los Angeles There are the good crabs, and there are the BAD crabs. And then there are the fried, amazing, delicious soft-shell crabs, which don't require seeing a doctor OR using a cracker, making them maybe the best crabs of all. Here're five of the fried/amazing/delicious kind to down this weekend.
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Nest at WP24: The high-end (and up-high!) Wolfgang Puck Chinese spot's got a seasonal soft-shell, which's served with spicy Singapore noodles and one of the best views of the city. Continue Reading
Napa Valley Grille: This Westwood date night/parents-are-visting favorite has an executive chef who was born in Maryland and raised in Louisiana, which means the badass-Bayou flavor he brings to his lightly fried soft-shells is super legit, thanks to house-made remoulade, Spanish olives, and heirloom tomatoes.
jar: You might not guess that one of LA’s best steakhouses would also be your go-to for soft-shell goodness, but Chef Suzanne Tracht delivers plenty of surf with her turf, with pan-sautéed soft-shells that're done up with a roasted corn & Fava bean succotash and curry butter.
Hungry Cat: The Hungry Cat is rotating its soft-shellies with delicious-sounding possibilities, like bacon-wrappers with cornbread, squash, cherry tomatoes, and romesco sauce, or maybe crusty crustaceans with ramp pasta, maitake ‘shrooms, and pancetta.
Son of a Gun: No surprise here that the Animal dudes take on soft-shells: they're tempura-frying the little guys, then serving 'em with pork belly, cinnamon vinaigrette, and cucumbers. So, amazing.