Officially, sort of, it’s been declared that May 27-June 3 is Soft-Shell Crab Week by Dine Downtown Baltimore, an initiative of the Downtown Partnership. Of course, you can find the seasonal critters on lots of menus right now.
But at the end of the month, several restaurants will be paying special attention to the crab treat. Here are some of the dishes:
At Regi’s American Bistro, for dinner, soft shells will be pan seared and encrusted with toasted almonds. At Marie Louise Bistro, an appetizer will feature a two-ounce crab ball, a soft shell sautéed in garlic butter, and a shot of crab bisque.
At Miss Shirley’s (which also introduced a new summer menu last week), the "Not So Po’ Boy" is a cornmeal-coated soft shell, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, greens, and Old Bay remoulade on ciabatta.
The Prime Rib goes all out. It sautées the soft shells with lemon, white wine, and sweet butter. As a bonus, you can have them stuffed with imperial crab.
Check out Dine Downtown Baltimore’s website for more selections. It’s a great time to eat a soft shell.
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