Where to Find Soft Shell Crabs in Charleston, 2017
Spring is here a few days early, and soft shell season is finally upon the Lowcountry. Charleston residence and visitors go absolutely mad for softies each year, whether they be fried, pan seared, or on a sandwich with bacon, lettuce, and tomato. As the short-season delicacy makes it to local restaurant menus, we’ll put them on this map, along with a description of the dish. These specials won’t last for very long, so double check with the eatery to see if they’ve sold out. Go forth and crunch into a few crabs around town — legs and all.
Note: Map points are not listed by Rank
1 Edmund’s Oast
Beer and cocktail wonderland Edmund’s Oast offer two choices for crab lovers: softies with spaghetti and wild garlic or a soft shell sandwich on a brioche bun.
At Michael’s on the Alley, guests can choose a grilled crab paired with prime filet mignon or a grilled softie with with black garlic butter, house-made challah bread, and pickled carrot and pear slaw.
5Church prepares soft shells two ways: crispy with fire-roasted corn and tomatoes, sautéed fennel, uni emulation or cornmeal-dusted with caramelized sweet potatoes, tasso marmalade, and braised greens.
Stop by Morgan Creek Grill for ramen with 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.