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

Cheffing While Female: Applications Being Accepted for the James Beard Foundation’s 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant

Each grantee will be mentored by top industry leaders.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 12/28/2015

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Seattle’s Favorite Holiday Restaurant Traditions

These are from you, readers. May we bother you for more?

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 12/21/2015

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Looking for Quick Food Stops Near Holiday Shopping?

However did we know.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 12/17/2015

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Seattle’s 5 Indispensable Restaurants

We’ve got dozens of exquisite eateries. But which restaurants are so distinctive and so essential—we would not be the same without them?

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 12/14/2015

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Desserts at Cafe Juanita and Canlis

Say what you will about our special occasion warhorses: They do know how to finish a meal.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 12/10/2015

Restaurants

Festive Lunches for the Holidays

Midday meals for celebrating and catching up.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 12/08/2015

Critic's Notebook

Dining by Firelight

Candlelight is so November. This month, go for some serious flames.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 12/07/2015

Back Fence

Into the Cold

My uncle left us too soon, but Christmas brings him back.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 12/04/2015

Restaurants

Seattle Fine Dining Evolves

What big changes at Canlis and Cafe Juanita tell us about how we celebrate.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 12/03/2015

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I Got Coffee Delivery from Starbucks…

…and here’s what happened.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 12/03/2015

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How Is Jason Stratton Changing Mamnoon?

Hint: He’s been thinking a lot about Bruce Naftaly.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/30/2015

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Miss Marjorie’s Steel Drum Plantain Chips

You love them at Marjorie…now go buy them at the store.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/23/2015

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Sunset of the Burger Era in Seattle Restaurants?

They're getting simultaneously more rare and more well done, folks. Four newish places you can find them.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/19/2015

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Sexist Pub Signs in…Madrona?

Neighbors protest décor of new Madrona Arms pub.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/16/2015

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Seattle Bars with Killer Food

The three best of a very good year.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/12/2015

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Go to a Seattle Restaurant, Feed the Hungry

Just in time for Giving Season: a most charitable restaurant app.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/09/2015

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A Whole New Type of Restaurant Emerges in Seattle

And why it’s happening now.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/05/2015

The Restaurant Issue

2015: The Year That Wouldn't Quit

No list of remarkable new restaurants would be complete without…

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/04/2015

Critic's Notebook

What It's Really Like to Work in a Seattle Restaurant

New survey gives it to us straight.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/02/2015

Back Fence

Happy Friendsgiving

Why we’re increasingly choosing to feast with friends over family.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 11/02/2015
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