500BestSquareSoft-Shell Crab Loaf @ Casamento’s

Eating a soft-shell crab sandwich is–when you try it the first time, or think about it thereafter–a kind of strange thing. You start out eating legs and claws. The center of the sandwich delivers the jumbo and backfin lump meat. Then you fall into a lull in the middle, but then the lumps come back into play. It ends how you started, with the appendages. At Casamento’s, they only serve soft-shell crabs in season, so they’re big and fat. The loaf comes out not on the usual French bread but the unconventional, toasted, buttered “pan bread.” Flawless.

If the thought of soft-shell crabs makes you hungry, satisfy the urge before the cold, nasty weather makes them hard to get.

Casamento’s. Uptown: 4330 Magazine. 504-895-9761.

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  1. William on November 13, 2014

    I will always love Casamentos even though I can’t count how many times I’ve excitedly told visiting friends to go there and when they did, nobody showed up to work. Yes the crabs can be stellar and the oysters are the best on the planet

  2. diane on November 13, 2014

    I had the soft shell crab sandwich at Casamento’s recently and it was very disappointing.

    • Tom Fitzmorris on November 15, 2014

      Probably because we’re at the end of teh season.

      Tastefully yours,
      Tom Fitzmorris