The Whale Wins: A Seattle Restaurant Inspired by the Sea
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A 2013 James Beard finalist for Best New Restaurant, the Whale Wins is the latest venture from chef Renee Erickson of the (similarly) whimsically named Walrus and the Carpenter. Located in a converted warehouse space in Fremont, the restaurant's interiors were designed by Heliotrope Architects (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory ), and feature an airy, casual feel. Oh, and about the name: Erickson was inspired by a painting by American folk artist Mary Maguire depicting a whaling scene. Photos via The Whale Wins except where noted. Above: The interiors were designed by local firm Heliotrope Architects . Above: The marble-clad wood-burning oven is the centerpiece of the restaurant. Above: Shelves are stocked with artisanal goods and local products. Above: A vintage kitchen sink anchors a corner of the restaurant; photo by Hilary McMullen . Above: Lighting with a welcoming message. Above: A Blue Willow-style plate holds business cards. For reservations, go to The Whale Wins . See more of our Seattle finds in our Seattle City Guide and posts .