Despite what year-round “spider” crab sushi rolls might tell you, soft shell crabs are a highly seasonal item, available in very limited quantity, especially on the West Coast. Supplies of these freshly molted crabs, a product of Chesapeake Bay shellfish, are usually exhausted by July, so order them up anywhere you see them. We recommend you take this list of Bay Area restaurants serving soft shells, and squeeze in as many dishes as humanely possible in the next few weeks. Carolyn Alburger of 7×7 writes:

SoMa’s RN74 (301 Mission St.) has a crispy soft shell with ginger-celery leaf remoulade on its lunch and dinner menus, and at the bar there’s a soft shell crab sandwich with oven-roasted tomatoes, caper aioli and Old Bay fries.

At Fifth Floor (12 Fourth St.) David Bazirgan has a soft shell crab po’ boy served with yuzu aioli and housemade kimchi on a Firebrand bun. Get it with a pint of Scrimshaw Pilsner and a shot of Jameson 12-year for $25 at the bar.

In the Mission at Range (842 Valencia St.), there is a soft-shell crab with roasted apriums, basil and hazelnuts available for dinner.

Still got a hankering for some succulent crab? Read 7×7′s complete list of the top spots for soft shell crab this season by clicking here.

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