Westward Ho!

It’s acknowledged in my Top 5, so I suppose I can’t keep it a complete secret. Errr, alright, you can take a peek. I’ve been hoarding this photo because, well, for no good reason. I walk past canned clams in the grocery lately and give them a second look wondering if they could ever transform into this smoked manila clam dip creation from Westward:

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Oh and those potato chips!

I’ve been to Westward a couple times now, once for dinner and then recently for lunch. (I enjoyed my clammy dip on both occasions.)  Westward has elevated mediterranean seafood not without a Pacific Northwest feel.  The atmosphere is great. Think modern Jacques Cousteau.

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My recent lunch there introduced me to my new crustacean craving the Dungeness crab tartine.  This was perfection. The toast was crisp, the seaweed added a salty umami flavor, it was not too heavy on the aioli, but thankfully heavy on the crab! Even the side salad with fresh herbs and pickled veggies was amazing and balanced out the creaminess of the crab.

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When we enjoyed dinner there a few months back, we thought about their winter squash soup for weeks. And their milk braised pork papardelle with hazelnuts was a hit. Check out their website for current seasonal offerings.

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How could you not want to head Westward after this? Still on the fence? Did I tell you about the view? Well it sits right on the water on north Lake Union.  They have a fire pit for guests to enjoy while lounging in Adirondack chairs.

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