(Credit: E.P. & L.P.)

(Credit: E.P. & L.P.)


The soft-shell crab-eating season is upon us. As the temperatures rise, those little crabs are harvested before their new exoskeleton can harden, producing an almost entirely edible delicacy that you don’t have to crack open. If the odds are in our favor, the supply will last through the latter part of the summer months. Here are a few places you can get your softie fix, but be sure to get them before they’re gone.
(credit Elise Freimuth)

(credit Elise Freimuth)


The District by Hannah An
8722 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 278-2345
www.thedistrictbyha.com

Turn up the volume on your usual Benedict with this fried soft-shell crab and lemongrass hollandaise sauce on a bao bun, along with chunky potatoes and Fresno chili coulis. The District by Hannah An serves this twist on a classic for brunch every Sunday, along with a number of Vietnamese-inspired breakfast dishes.

(Credit: The Hungry Cat)

(Credit: The Hungry Cat)


The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 462-2155
www.thehungrycat.com

The Hungry Cat has served soft-shell crab dishes for the last few years, and this summer, they’re serving it two ways. At the Hollywood location, you can have blue cornmeal-crusted soft-shell with fingerling potatoes, braised kale, roasted summer squash, haricots verts and a spicy Creole sauce. And, for all of you Westsiders, Santa Monica’s The Hungry Cat will be serving their soft-shells in tempura batter with black rice, cashews, pickled ramps and Singapore chili sauce.

(Credit: Little Sister)

(Credit: Little Sister)


Little Sister
1131 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-2096
www.littlesistermb.com

When Little Sister opened nearly two years ago in Manhattan Beach, its Singapore Chili Soft-Shell Crab Bánh Mì was a massive hit. The sandwich is back with a vengeance thanks to public demand, and it’s served with spiced tomato relish and pickled garlic. Make sure to stop by this eatery today and order yours before it disappears again.

(Credit: Animal)

(Credit: Animal)


Animal
435 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-9225
www.animalrestaurant.com

Animal’s Honey Walnut Soft-Shell Crab has been on the menu for a few weeks, and it continues to be a popular request from customers. The restaurant’s glazed, tempura-fried crustacean sits on a pool of black sriracha sauce, and it’s covered with thinly sliced scallions. This dish is right in line with Animal’s typical creative spin on ingredients.

(Credit: Fishing with Dynamite)

(Credit: Fishing with Dynamite)


Fishing with Dynamite
1148 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 893-6299
www.eatfwd.com

Manhattan Beach’s Fishing with Dynamite knows it’s seafood. Serving up a Po’ Boy with soft-shell crab and cajun remoulade stuffed into a soft, warm bun, you’ll savor each bite. The po’ boy, which is only available for lunch, also comes complete with crispy Weiser chips on the side. If you happen to be at Fishing with Dynamite for dinner, the restaurant is currently working on a standout dish to serve the evening crowd.

(Credit: E.P. & L.P.)

(Credit: E.P. & L.P.)


E.P. & L.P.
603 North La Cienega Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 855-9955
www.eplosangeles.com

E.P. & L.P., this city’s new restaurant and rooftop lounge, recently opened its doors, and the summer is starting off just right with a Soft-Shell Crab Bun. Fried crab is served with cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon and a spicy mayonnaise. This dish will only be available at L.P. Rooftop Bar, the upstairs lounge. Enjoy the view of L.A. while you nosh.

(Credit: Ledlow)

(Credit: Ledlow)


Ledlow
400 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 687-7015
www.ledlowla.com

Ledlow’s Lace-Battered Soft-Shell Crab comes with spicy rucola greens and nectarines, as well as a pimento dipping sauce. The dish offers several summer elements all in one, but of course the soft-shell crab is the star.

Chrystal Baker is a freelance food and events contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine and Frugivore Magazine. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere.

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