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5 Best Soft-Shell Crab Dishes to Try In Houston

Soft Shell Crab with Chilies at Cafe Chino
Soft Shell Crab with Chilies at Cafe Chino
Photo by Joanna O'Leary

With the advent of soft-shell crab season, many Houston restaurants are featuring specials using these supple crustaceans, while some establishments that offer soft-shell crab year-round are simply taking advantage of the fresh crop. If you've got a soft spot for soft-shell crabs, check out some of these outstanding dishes in Houston.

5. Tomato Chili Soft-Shell Crabs (Cafe Chino). The sweet, spicy flavors of Cafe Chino's soft-shell crabs, lightly fried and draped in tomatoes, onions, and chilies, modifies the potentially overwhelming briny taste of the crustacean. Make use of the thick sauce that just verges on syrupy (in a good way) to sponge up an accompanying scoop of white rice.

Common Bond's Soft Shell Crab Po'Boy
Common Bond's Soft Shell Crab Po'Boy
Photo by Joanna O'Leary

4. Soft Shell Crab Po'Boy (Common Bond). Montrose newcomer Common Bond certainly isn't the only place in town to offer a soft-shell crab po'boy, but their unique version, which involves a circular buttery roll, sweet pickles, and a prickly cornmeal batter, is definitely worth trying. They also aren't shy about using over-sized crabs that are so large that their fried legs dangle over the edge of the bun.

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