June 20, 2021


All Things Delicious

Very best Dining establishments for Delicate-Shells Crabs Close to DC

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It’s the commence of crab season around DC. Here’s in which to come across delicate-shells—the Mid-Atlantic and Southern delicacy is normally obtainable in late spring via early fall.

Far more into cracking difficult crabs? These are some of our preferred waterfront places truly worth a drive.

All-Set Cafe and Bar
8630 Fenton Avenue, Plaza 5, Silver Spring
BLTs meet the Bay at this Silver Spring seafood spot, which serves a tender-shell sandwich with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and Aged Bay tartar sauce on a brioche bun.

1805 18th St., NW
Drop by the modern-day Korean cafe at brunch for chef Angel Barreto’s gentle shell crab juk (believe a Korean model of  grits). A hearty bowl comes filled with creamy Anson Mills rice porridge, sesame, soy, shiitake mushrooms, garlic chives, spring onions, and chili oil—all topped with a crispy crab.

Black Salt
4883 MacArthur Blvd., NW
Diners at the Palisades seafood cafe can request chefs to specially put together any of the aquatic delicacies in the adjoining market’s case—including tender-shell crabs when they are in time. The kitchen can personalize the crabs with most any existing seafood preparation on the menu. You can trade crab cakes for gentle-shells about fingerling potato salad—or just have them just ready.

Comfortable-shell crab at Chez Billy Sud. Photograph courtesy of Chez Billy

Chez Billy Sud
1039 31st St., NW
The Georgetown brasserie is functioning a weekend distinctive that will run on the normal menu when crabs are accessible: sautéed soft-shells with ramps, roasted fingerling potatoes, green goodness dressing, and a springy salad of pea shoots, fava beans, peas, and pickled shallots.

Clyde’s Cafe Group
A number of locations in DC, MD, and VA
Clyde’s, Outdated Ebbitt, and Hamilton are all operating softy specials, which includes a vintage fried crab sandwich or an entree with watercress and cucumber salad, crispy potatoes, scallions, and avocado-buttermilk aïoli.

1100 15th St., NW
The New Orleans cafe from the Salt Line staff just opened downtown, and it mixes Major Straightforward traditions with Mid-Atlantic components. Chef Kristen Essig dishes up her blackened gentle-shell Creole around creamed Prairie Ronde rice with file.

3221 Mt Nice St., NW
Crispy tender-shells get the sandwich cure at the Mount Nice bakery and cafe. They are stuffed into a selfmade roll with smoked ranch, avocado, pickled environmentally friendly tomato, and iceberg lettuce.

Delicate-shell crab juk for brunch at Anju. Photograph by Angel Barreto

1307 Outdated Chain Bridge Rd., McLean
Chef/operator Yutthpon “Tu” Wetchapinan resources a minimal amount of delicate-shell crabs for specials—often weekend only—when the crustaceans arrive into time. Crab enthusiasts can connect with in advance to reserve the smooth-shells (either a person as an appetizer or two for an entree) that are battered, fried, and served with nam tok (chili-lime-herb) dipping sauce.

Hank’s Oyster Bar
Areas in Dupont Circle, the Wharf, and Old Town, Alexandria
Glimpse for softies as specials at chef Jamie Leeds’s New England-inspired seafood haunts, which capitalize on Chesapeake catches along with tasty lobster rolls.

Hai Duong
6795 Wilson Blvd #7-9, Falls Church
A specialty at this Eden Center restaurant is Vietnamese-fashion crispy crabs with butter, onions, chopped chilies, and shredded pickled greens.

Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern
1356 Okie St., NE
A single of our favored city crab houses serves entire community crustaceans two ways occur summertime: steamed really hard-shells on the deck, and chalkboard comfortable-shell specials like a crispy sandwich with remoulade sauce, fries, and slaw. If you want to try out you hand at cooking tender-shells by yourself, the adjoining downstairs current market and seafood wholesaler ProFish, sells them.

Izakaya Seki
1117 V St., NW
Hand-illustrated menus alter each day at this spouse and children-run izakaya tucked off the U Road corridor—so if you see crispy comfortable-shells, snap them up.

Pogiboy’s vibrant delicate-shell crab sandwich with chili-crab fat mayo on a homemade ube bun. Photograph by Paolo Dungca

1110 Vermont Ave., NW
Gentle-shells get a Filipino spin at Tom Cunanan and Paolo Dungca’s fast-casual place inside downtown DC’s Block food items hall. Hen-fried crabs are tucked in a home made ube mantou (a steamed bun) with chili/crab-body fat mayo, very hot honey, cilantro, and cucumbers (accessible Friday by way of Sunday, when they past).

1900 Q St., NW
Dupont’s popular sushi spot and izakaya rolls up spring and summer months tender-shells in a distinctive roll with curried mayo and pickled ginger.

Reveler’s Hour
1775 Columbia Rd., NW
The Adams Morgan pasta joint from the crew at the rear of Tail Up Goat dishes up Italian-design delicate-shells—coated in a crunchy semolina crust and served with garlic confit crema, Calabrian-chili relish, and grilled little one leeks.

The Salt Line
79 Potomac Ave., SE
One of our favorite delicate-shell dishes in town comes from chef Kyle Bailey, whose Nashville-scorching crab with black-garlic honey is a seasonal special. Crabs will be back on the Navy Property seafood house’s menu by early June.

Sushi Taro
1503 17th St., NW
Chef Nobu Yamazaki channels the period with numerous of his dishes, irrespective of whether fish flown from Japan or cooked products. Comfortable-shells below get a black tempura batter many thanks to squid ink.

Foods Editor

Anna Spiegel handles the dining and consuming scene in her indigenous DC. Prior to becoming a member of Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA application in New York, and held numerous cooking and crafting positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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