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Five great soft-shell crabs

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Clancy's Restaurant

6100 Annunciation St., 895-1111

In an modern Creole classic, soft shells are cold smoked and then fried.

Mandina's Restaurant

3800 Canal St., 482-9179

www.mandinasrestaurant.com

Get soft shells done amandine-style — in a brown butter sauce as burly as gravy.

Seither's Seafood

279 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 738-1116

Order a straight-ahead platter of perfectly seasoned and fried crabs.

Stanley

547 St. Ann St., 587-0093

www.stanleyrestaurant.com

Eggs Stella features soft shells clutching poached eggs and frothy hollandaise.

Sukho Thai

1913 Royal St., 948-9309; 4519 Magazine St., 373-6471

www.sukhothai-nola.com

Soft shells are stir fried and served in an aromatic, Thai-style yellow curry.

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