Senior Editor (Food and Drink)

Allecia Vermillion spends her days tending to Seattle Met’s bar and restaurant blog, Nosh Pit, as well as various food- and drink-related cover packages, dining section pieces, and narrative long-form features within the magazine. In Seattle, this can mean anything from breaking restaurant news to imagining breweries as high school yearbook superlatives to eating a $200 foie gras–studded hot dog and pondering what it all means. 

In 2015 she received the magazine’s first-ever James Beard Award nomination for the origin story of Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte (“OMFG It’s the PSL”); the feature was also included in the book Best Food Writing 2015. She was a James Beard finalist again, in 2016, for her profile about the rise and fall of a promising chef ("The Brief, Extraordinary Life of Cody Spafford").

Allecia grew up in Portland, Oregon, but began her journalism life as a newspaper reporter in the Chicago suburbs, later launching Eater Seattle as the founding editor before landing at Seattle Met in 2011. She has an English degree from Washington University (no, the one in St. Louis) and a masters in journalism from Northwestern University.

Opening Dispatch

The White Swan Public House Opens on Lake Union

Radiator Whiskey's seafood-focused sibling has arrived.

09/28/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: October 2016

This month’s favorites: Sandwiches! From Nordic smoked lamb to flatbread that draws a crowd.

09/27/2016 By Kathryn Robinson and Allecia Vermillion

Expansion Mode

Paseo and Li'l Woody's Have New Locations In the Works

The former Pike Street Fish Fry pivots to Caribbean roast sandwiches; Amazonia braces for Fig and the Pig burgers and Good Mornin' Woodys.

09/26/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Fried Chicken and Little Big Burger

Oh, and how about some broccoli casserole made with Cheetohs amidst historic murals on Capitol Hill?

09/23/2016 By Allecia Vermillion


Salt and Straw Announces Another Seattle Popup

It's happening tomorrow, it involves Tom Douglas, and it's sure to be packed.

09/22/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Behind Bars

Wow, Naka Has a Seriously Cool New Bar Program

New resident cocktail czar Dustin Haarstad ushers in an era of hand-carved diamond ice cubes.

09/21/2016 By Allecia Vermillion


Stateside's New Sibling Cocktail Bar Is a Dark Den of Marvelous

Foreign National brings clever cocktails and subtropical bar snacks to Pike/Pine.

09/21/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Ticket Alert

Willows Inn Joins Another Worldwide Mystery Chef Swap

Once again Lummi Island will play host to a top-secret (yet pretty big deal) chef from elsewhere in the world. Tickets go on sale today.

09/21/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Unabashed Gluttony

Slide Show: Feast 2016, A Photo Recap

A look at the chefs, the festivities, and the many many bites of food at Portland's massive festival.

09/21/2016 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Sara Marie D'Eugenio


Blind Pig Bistro Bids Eastlake Farewell in November

Fortunately Babirusa isn't going anywhere.

09/19/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Food Adventures

4 Destination Bakeries Worthy of A Day Trip

Plan your day around obtaining a fluffy brioche sucré or a German-Austrian kugel­hopf.

09/19/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

Rob Roy Sibling Beer Bar No Anchor Is Officially Open in Belltown

A gently nautical haven for beer, properly served and food that's way cooler than what you were expecting.

09/19/2016 By Allecia Vermillion


Shiro Across the Sea

Fifty years ago, a young Japanese chef landed in Seattle and taught us the ways of Edomae sushi. Now with his third restaurant, Shiro Kashiba is doing it again.

09/19/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Bone Broth in South Lake Union; Gluten-Free Pizza Downtown

Plus, fine dining plans from Thierry Rautureau protege Rob Sevcik and a Fremont restaurant that's all about pizza and dumplings.

09/16/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Coming Soon

Thierry Rautureau Protege Rob Sevcik Is Planning His Own Restaurant

It's called Galerie 23 and it sounds decidedly unstuffy for a fine dining house of tasting menus.

09/16/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Shellfish Sadness

Xinh's Clam and Oyster House Is Closing

The Taylor-owned Shelton shellfish destination bows out in October. But Xinh Dwelley's oyster stew and geoduck chowder live on.

09/14/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Coming Soon

China Pie Brings Dumplings and Wood-Fired Pizza to Fremont

The Pomerol chef is topping pies with fish sauce caramel pork belly.

09/12/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Frito Pie and Lobster Rolls

Plus, Now Make Me a Sandwich makes brick-and-mortar plans.

09/09/2016 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

Mamnoon's Rooftop Sibling Mbar Is Open

Could this be a rare place where the food and view are equally worthy of an elevator ride?

09/08/2016 By Allecia Vermillion


Maria Hines's Golden Beetle Will Become Young American Ale House

The transition happens in October.

09/07/2016 By Allecia Vermillion