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The view from forthcoming eatery Westward

Westward, ho!

In a city surrounded by water, there oughtta be more restaurants with boat-up capabilities. Hence, I’m thrilled Josh Henderson (Skillet Diner) will launch Westward in a former waterfront catering facility (with dock!) next month on Lake Union halfway between Gasworks and Ivar’s. Westward’s menu is seafood-centric, with a crazy sounding crab Reuben with kombu sauerkraut and peel-and-eat spot prawns and much more, all to be eaten on a deck with knockout views of the city skyline. Directly connected will be Little Gull Grocery, with beer, wine and deli-type foods to-go, plus a small oyster bar (served on the half shell or baked with creamy nettles and lardo). 2501 N Northlake Way;

Whale Watching

Last summer, Renee Erickson (Boat Street, Walrus & Carpenter, The Whale Wins) bought an oyster truck called The Narwhal, and this summer it’s going public, doling out oysters on the half shell and other seafood snacks at the Queen Anne Farmers Market (Thursdays, 3–7:30 p.m., beginning June 6) and outside Hilliard’s Beer in Ballard on Sundays starting in June (times tbd). Now, if only there was a white wine truck, we’d be all set. 206.395.5147;