Soft-Shell Crabs Return to Charleston Restaurants

Multiple Holy City restaurants are currently featuring an array of soft-shell crab offerings for the 2017 season. 

Preparations include:

39 Rue de Jean

  • Soft Shell Crab BLT with jalapeños, creole remoulade, truffle fries, served on a Kaiser bun


  • Softshell crab, fire-roasted corn and tomatoes, sautéed fennel, uni emulation (right)
  • Cornmeal dusted softshell crab, caramelized sweet potatoes, tasso marmalade, braised greens

Coast Bar and Grill

  • Soft Shell Crab Tacos with citrus slaw, pico de gallo, and avocado lime crema

Cru Cafe

  • Buttermilk-fried soft shell sandwich with applewood smoked bacon, tomato, local bibb lettuce and herb aioli on Brioche

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina 

  • Soft Shell Crab Taco - Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Yuzu Soaked Cabbage and Spicy Carrot Remuldade

Morgan Creek Grill

  • Soft Shell Crab Ramen with Asian wheat noodles cooked in a soy-based broth, tempura fried soft shell crab, a sunny-side up egg, matchstick watermelon radish, charred scallions, tobiko wasabi, and garnished with microgreens

Michael's on the Alley

  • Surf & Turf Soft Shell Crab with 4 oz. prime filet mignon, grilled soft shell crab, baked potato, roasted red pepper, asparagus tips, caramelized Carolina spring onions, and wild mushrooms
  • Marinated Grilled Soft Shell Crab with black garlic butter, house-made challah bread, sofrito Dijon, pickled carrot and pear slaw, verjus vinegar

The Noisy Oyster

  • Fried Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich Special - includes local soft-shell crabs "fried golden brown and served on a toasted, buttery roll with cole slaw, lettuce, tomato and onion"

Vincent Chicco's

  • Tempura Soft Shell Crab Spaghetti with charred artichokes, blood oranges, local cayenne pepper purée, arugula, and Meyer lemon

Virginia’s on King

  • Soft Shell Crab Omelet with asparagus, hollandaise, chives, and espelette
  • Soft Shell Crab Po’ Boy with spicy remoulade, lettuce, tomato, and pickles

It should be noted that soft shell crab selection and preparations are subject to change based on availability.

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