Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dock & Dine

Drop anchor at Westward for some seriously good eats


For a city built on water, Seattle has a real shortage of sail-up restaurants.

Add Westlake to your short list. A new venture from Skillet's Josh Henderson, this rustic eatery located on the north shore of Lake Union offers an aquatic parking lot for boats to dock while you eat.

With a kitchen headed by Top Chef contestant Zoi Antonitsas, it's no wonder sailors are coming en masse. 

For a group starter, share the huge bowl of fried chickpeas with your crew, sure to draw stares and sniffs from neighboring tables.

But the ultimate treasure here is Westward's seasonal delight, summer fish stew, stacked to the gills with fresh cod, clams and a peppery kick of guanciale (uncured Italian bacon made from pig jowls).

If you're not skippering the ship, then you're drinking lunch from the seasonally-rotating list of specials. Right now the pick is the Picnic Basket cocktail, made with watermelon gin, strega and spice bitters. If you're feeling a little more working-class, they also sell Rainier tallboys for $3 each.

Leaves you more cash for boat shoes.

2501 N Northlake Way, Wallingford
(206) 552-8215

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Best bets: Quick-fried squid with skorthalia; summer fish stew; fried chickpeas
Great neighbors: Also occupying the dockside space is Little Gull, a boutique grocery and oyster bar that sources bivalves from all over the world right to your mouth.
Nearby: Fremont Brewing; Lucid; Brouwer's Cafe

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