I had no idea this celebration even existed. I was talking to a coworker the other day about crabs and she was telling me about trying soft-shell crabs for the first time. That conversation made me realize I had only tried them once and I had some catching up to do. I decided to do some research to find out where these delicacies were sold in Baltimore and that’s how I came across this celebration.
The Soft-Shell Crab Celebration kicks off soft crab season. This year it started on May 24, 2013 and will end June 2, 2013. There are several restaurants in town joining in the festivities. Here are what some have to offer for the season.
Miss Shirley’s located in the Inner Harbor at 750 East Pratt Street has an offering of what they call a Soft-shell Shirley-Feller for breakfast. For lunch they’re serving up either Born on the Bay-O Salad, or a Not So Po’ Boy.
Alexander’s Tavern at 710 S Broadway in Baltimore is doing the celebration with Buffalo Fried Soft-Shell Crabs, Southern Chef’s Fry and a Soft-Shell BLT.
McCormick & Schmick’s at 711 Eastern Avenue in Baltimore is featuring Cornmeal crusted and Fried Soft-Shell Crab.
Grille 700 located at 700 Aliceanna Street has a Crisp Soft-Shell Crab Appetizer, a Sautéed Soft-Shell Crab Entrée, and a Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich. Now I took it upon myself to go to this particular restaurant for the celebration because they have a nice view. I ordered the Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich which was served with grain mustard sauce, fried green tomato, Bibb lettuce on a pretzel roll. I have to say I was very disappointed. The crab was a pale golden brown and when I bit into it water dripped onto my plate. This made me think the crab was frozen. The sandwich lacked flavor even with the mustard sauce and fried green tomato, and I have to say hours later I was still picking shell out of my teeth. I expected more from this establishment considering they had pretty good reviews, but maybe Soft-Shells aren’t their thing, but don’t let my disappointing experience keep you from going out and enjoying the rest of Soft-Shell Crab Season and all it has to offer.