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.
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.
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.
Wolfgang Puck's 24th-floor fine dining room at the Ritz-Carlton is an ode to Asian cuisine, featuring fusion appetizers, sushi, dumplings, and wok-fried large plates. If the sophisticated mostly-Chinese eats and 400-plus wine selection doesn't impress you much, the panoramic view of Los Angeles surely will.
Top Chef Masters contestant Suzanne Tracht is the woman behind this Mid-Wilshire nouveau steakhouse. Jar is known for its beautiful cuts (including a 36oz porterhouse for two and a Wagyu NY prime) and modern comfort food, like the signature pot roast. The upscale dining room is classic mid-century LA with wood paneled walls and white tablecloths. If you didn't know, now you do: Jar has a special rotating bar menu filled with small bites like tacos and sliders.
This slick, beachy seafoodery serves up raw bites like oysters, along with cooked fishes, burgers, and artfully mixed 'tails. Whether for lunch, brunch, or dinner, The Hungry Cat has been the go-to for inventive, LA-style seafood dishes for over a decade. Do it up by starting with a 1-, 2-, or 3-tier seafood platter, and pair your meal with one of the market-fresh cocktails that complement basically everything on the menu.
The menu at this nautical Melrose spot from chef superstars Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal and Jon & Vinny's) is seafood heaven with a fried chicken sandwich thrown in to remind you just how great turf can be, too. It's a hulking masterpiece with a spicy bread & butter pickle slaw and Sriracha aioli. If you're in the mood for surf, go for the trout or the octopus salad.