Best Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich in Delaware (2017)


Beginning in early summer (sometimes as early as April), blue crabs emerge from hibernation and shed their hard shells in preparation to grow new ones. For three to four hours, the shell is soft, creating an ingredient prized by chefs up and down the Eastern seaboard. Often these crustaceans get dredged in a mixture of cornmeal and flour, deep fried and served as is or between two buns as a succulent seafood sandwich.

  • Mickey's Family Crab House

    Mickey's Family Crab House
    Bethany Beach

    When fresh soft shell crabs are in season, Mickey's Family Crab House often features them buttermilk battered and fried in a fresh locally baked brioche roll with lettuce, tomato, bacon, homemade tartar sauce and a side of fries.
    Photo courtesy of Mickey's Family Crab House

  • Crabby Dick's

    Crabby Dick's
    Delaware City

    The Soft Crab Sammich from Crabby Dick's in Delaware City is made from pan-fried soft shell crab served on toasted sourdough bread with a side of crab chips.
    Photo courtesy of Crabby Dick's

  • Wiso's Crabs

    Wiso's Crabs
    Delaware City

    Soft shell crab from Wiso's Crabs in Delaware City comes as a platter or as a sandwich, served with a side of french fries or tater tots. Lettuce, tomato and onion are optional.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Matt's Fish Camp

    Matt's Fish Camp
    Bethany Beach

    During the summer season Matt's Fish Camp in Bethany Beach serves a crispy fried soft shell crab sandwich with a side of waffle-cut potato chips.
    Photo courtesy of Matt's Fish Camp / Facebook

  • FINS Fish House & Raw Bar

    FINS Fish House & Raw Bar
    Rehoboth Beach

    During the summer season when fresh soft shell crabs are available, FINS Fish House & Raw Bar often serves a soft shell sandwich as a lunch or dinner special with a choice of side.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Pleasanton's Seafood

    Pleasanton's Seafood

    The soft shell crab sandwich from Pleasonton's Seafood in Dover is served with lettuce and tomato on a hamburger bun.
    Photo courtesy of Pleasanton's Seafood

  • Fenwick Crab House

    Fenwick Crab House
    Fenwick Island

    Crab comes in many forms at the Fenwick Crab House (including all-you-can-eat), but for sandwich lovers, it doesn't get any better than the Soft Shell Crab Club – a fried soft shell BLT with applewood smoked bacon on a brioche roll.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Harry's Seafood Grill

    Harry's Seafood Grill

    Harry's Seafood Grill in Wilmington serves up a Soft Shell Crab BLT with applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and lemon pepper mayo on sourdough bread.
    Photo courtesy of Harry's Seafood Grill

  • Alex's Seafood Restaurant & Clam Bar

    Alex's Seafood Restaurant & Clam Bar
    New Castle

    At Alex's Seafood Restaurant & Clam Bar in New Castle, diners can choose between a sautéed or fried soft shell crab sandwich. Both are served with a vegetable side and lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce on request.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Kathy's Crab House

    Kathy's Crab House
    Delaware City

    Kathy's Crab House only uses the freshest, softest crabs in their soft shell crab sandwich, which means diners will have to show up during peak season to sink their teeth into this worthy sandwich.
    Photo courtesy of Kathy's Crab House

10Best and Sandwich America set out to find the best soft-shell crab sandwich in the state, and to do so, 10Best editors joined forces with The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the state. After four weeks of voting, the results are in.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Soft-Shell Crab Sandwich in Delaware are as follows:

  1. Mickey's Family Crab House - Bethany Beach
  2. Crabby Dick's - Delaware City
  3. Wiso's Crabs - Delaware City
  4. Matt's Fish Camp - Bethany Beach
  5. FINS Fish House & Raw Bar - Rehoboth Beach
  6. Pleasanton's Seafood - Dover
  7. Fenwick Crab House - Fenwick Island
  8. Harry’s Seafood Grill - Wilmington
  9. Alex's Seafood Restaurant & Clam Bar - New Castle
  10. Kathy’s Crab House - Delaware City

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants and crab houses!

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