Can you pick a single favorite food? For years, I didn’t think I could: I like to eat too many things. Recent reconsideration made me focus on one: fried (blue) crab claws. A few conditions apply–the crab must be fresh and not frozen (the crabmeat sticks to the claw’s featherbone when frozen), the breading must be minimal, and the clawfingers must be served piping hot. Casamento’s fried crab claws are the platonic ideal (and not just because they’re fried in lard). Spahr’s clawfingers, pictured above, are a solid example of the dish.
Aside: what’s the point of the buttered toast served beneath fried seafood? Does anyone besides my (artery-clogged) father actually eat the toast?