Westward Ho!

Visiting Seattle means getting the chance to experience their vibrant restaurant scene. Bon Appetit’s September, 2014 issue has Seattle’s Westward  (and its partner Little Gull)as number five in their Hot Ten best new restaurants in America. They highly recommend checking out this Seattle hot spot located at 2501 North Northlake Way.

An approachable, all-day restaurant with attached Little Gull grocer, Westward has a sprawling outdoor area with casual picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, and a lakeside view to take your breath away.

Restaurateur Josh Henderson and chef Zol Antonitsas are doing it right. This joint has a quirky, aquatic vibe. On a wall near the oyster bar you’ll find treasures like the chef’s go-to ingredients

Lunch, nibbles, dinner, and brunch are available. While their delightful and easy to follow website has a complete menu listing, the menu changes daily so you can be sure you’re always getting the freshest fare.

Don’t miss the oyster bar, which is actually on the Little Gull side off the house.  It doesn’t get any fresher than this, so belly up and get your fill of this ever-changing list of uber fresh bivalves. Then grab a seat at the retro-chic bar that lets you swivel left to get a dinner and a movie peek show at the applewood-burning oven, or right for a view of the docks. Or wander through the open garage doors that open onto the deck and bring the outdoors in.

Bon Appetit recommends sipping a rose while snacking on manila clam dip and fresh, housemade potato chips out on the deck before finding your way into the dining room for DIY gyros of soft braised lamb shoulder. For a veggie option they suggest the wood baked gigante beans with tomato and feta.

No stranger to good press, Westward has been featured in a variety of magazines and has awards galore. The James Beard foundation awarded them Outstanding Restaurant Design Finalist. In 2014 GQ Magazine voted them one of the top 25 best new restaurants in America. They won Seattle Weekly’s Voracious tasting Zeitgeist award, USA Today’s 10 best foodie spots in Seattle, and Seattle Metropolitan Magazine’s 50 best dishes of 2013.

While part of the fun is enjoying the open air and whiling away the afternoon snacking, Westward does take a few daily reservations. Call to talk with their reservation specialist or book online.

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