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August 19, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Westward makes list of America’s best new restaurants

Photo courtesy of Westward

Photo courtesy of Westward

Westward, the Lake Union restaurant that’s won raves for both style and substance, was named one of the best new restaurants in the U.S. by Bon Appetit magazine.

Restaurant and drinks editor Andrew Knowlton, a well-traveled diner who makes consistently smart picks, named Westward #5 in the country for its “stunning waterfront setting, snappy nautical design, and dozens of oysters,” writing that “if you told me to design the perfect restaurant — the kind of place where guests would stay all day — it’d look something like this.” The patio with its waterfront bar and fire pit at the restaurant, part of Josh Henderson’s Huxley Wallace Collective, was dubbed “a summertime wonderland,” and there was plenty of praise for chef Zoi Antonitsas and her Mediterranean-influenced menu.

The other Northwest name on the list was Portland’s Måurice Luncheonette, named #9 in the nation and dubbed “earnest, a bit precious, and crazy charming.” Rose’s Luxury in Washington, D.C. was #1.

The whole feature is online here, along with Knowlton’s take on 2014′s restaurant trends, which showed a pretty broad Seattle sampling, including sleek beer taps (Miller’s Guild), custom coasters (Percy’s and Co.) hard cider (Brimmer & Heeltap) and mural commissions (Rock Creek.) Though he didn’t name names, I’m afraid Seattle would have had plenty of spots too on his list of overblown trends, which included poutine (“just a big fat excuse to eat French fries as an appetizer,”) places that use the quote “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster,” and “Listing ‘beer for the kitchen’ as a menu item.”

London Plane had been the other Seattle restaurant on the longer list of 50 nominees announced earlier this month.

Any new places that you think were also worthy of the honor?

Comments | Topics: Bon Appetit, Josh Henderson, Westward

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