Senior Writer

Seattle native Kathryn Robinson, award-winning restaurant critic and senior writer at Seattle Met, has been anonymously reviewing restaurants for over 30 years—first as editor of the Best Places guidebook series, then as staff critic at Seattle Weekly and contributing critic at The Seattle Times and Seattle magazine. 

Midcareer she spent a year-long sabbatical studying comparative religion as a Knight Fellow at Stanford University where she had been an undergrad 10 years earlier, gaining a knowledge base she now calls upon for her monthly “Back Fence” column on our collective urban existence and the meaning it holds for our personal lives. In her off hours she is a partner and a parent—which means she has no off hours.

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Critic's Notebook

Has This Restaurant Only Been with Us 10 Years?

Because the revolution it helped ignite has changed things forever.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/22/2016

Around town

What We're Eating Now: September 2016

This month’s favorites: rosé slushies, empanadas, and decadent corn on the cob.

  • By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/22/2016

Critic's Notebook

Remember Hawks Island? Has American Express Got a Seahawks Follow-Up for You

(And, um, tickets go on sale in an hour.)

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/18/2016

Pizza, Squared

Dino's Tomato Pie Wants You to Embrace the Char

Delancey's new Capitol Hill sibling serves square, thick-crust pizza, a style that began in Sicily but evolved into an East Coast staple.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/18/2016

Back Fence

Taking the “I” Out of Identity, One Stitch Fix Box at a Time

Can personal taste be quantified?

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/18/2016

Review

Frelard's Tarsan i Jane Reimagines Valencian Culinary Traditions

...and makes some showstopping paella.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/18/2016

Critic's Notebook

3 Cool Products Turn Food Waste into Dinner

Time to get on this sustainability bandwagon, people.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/15/2016

Critic's Notebook

Yang and Chirchi Go to Portland

It’s called Revelry, and it opens Tuesday.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/11/2016

Critic's Notebook

Is It Rude to Dine with a Laptop?

The answer from a couple of Seattle’s most prolific restaurateurs might surprise you.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/08/2016

Critic's Notebook

Why Matt Dillon Didn’t Bring a Vitamix to Upper Bar Ferdinand

“I’m overwhelmed by the direction the world is going.”

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/04/2016

Review

Upper Bar Ferdinand Defies Expectations In The Best Possible Way

A hit of New York, by way of a Northwest meadow, Matt Dillon’s Chophouse Row wine bar actually highlights Japanese seafood.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/03/2016

Critic's Notebook

Seattle Restaurants That Named Their Neighborhoods

Can you name four?

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 08/01/2016

Critic's Notebook

Which 2 Seattle Restaurants Showed Up on This National List?

Plus: Throwing a little gas on the age-old Portland vs. Seattle rivalry.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 07/28/2016

Critic's Notebook

Goodbye, Susan Kaufman

Serafina and Cicchetti owner left us too soon.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 07/25/2016

Critic's Notebook

The James Beard Foundation Food Conference Looks Amazing This Year

Subject: Why do some trends last while others fizzle?

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 07/21/2016

Eat Here Now

What We're Eating Now: August 2016

This month’s favorites: crunchy salad, spicy noodles, and, wow—those crinkle-cut fries.

  • By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 07/20/2016

Critic's Notebook

The Fare Trade Lets You Subscribe to Your Favorite Chef

July’s flavor of the month? Seattle's own Josh Henderson.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 07/18/2016

Back Fence

The Ugly Food Movement

Why it’s time to wrap our heads around unattractive food.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 07/18/2016

Critic's Notebook

Hey, Look Which Seattle Restaurants Have the Best Wine Lists

According to Wine Spectator’s 2016 Restaurant Awards

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 07/14/2016

Critic's Notebook

Dino’s Tomato Pie Started Delivery Over the Weekend

Excellent news for anyone who’s ever tried to park there.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 07/11/2016
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