Chef Renee Erickson, a Pacific Northwest native, has put her stamp on Seattle with her fleet of maritime-inspired Seattle establishments.

Each restaurant deftly fills a culinary niche, from local oysters at The Walrus and the Carpenter or Bar Melusine to steak frites at Bateau to fresh doughnuts with handmade fillings at General Porpoise. Meanwhile, The Whale Wins offers comfort food that draws inspiration from England, southern Europe and beyond.

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