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.

Critic's Notebook

How Restaurant Criticism is Done

This week’s New Yorker profiles Pete Wells.

09/12/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle Restaurants with Trees

Real ones, faux ones…pretty ones.

09/08/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

3 Terrific Gluten-Free Sandwiches. Honest.

Including one that’s not really a sandwich but whatever. (Plus a bonus fourth which promises to be good—available in a few weeks.)

09/06/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Do Seattleites Dislike Spanish Food?

A short history.

09/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Specialty of Each Ethan Stowell Restaurant, Part 2

Wherein Ethan Stowell dishes on dishes.

08/29/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Pssst: Here’s the Specialty of Each Ethan Stowell Restaurant

From none other than Ethan Stowell.

08/25/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Has This Restaurant Only Been with Us 10 Years?

Because the revolution it helped ignite has changed things forever.

08/22/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Around town

What We're Eating Now: September 2016

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

08/22/2016 By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson

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.)

08/18/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

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.

08/18/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

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

Can personal taste be quantified?

08/18/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Review

Frelard's Tarsan i Jane Reimagines Valencian Culinary Traditions

...and makes some showstopping paella.

08/18/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

3 Cool Products Turn Food Waste into Dinner

Time to get on this sustainability bandwagon, people.

08/15/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Yang and Chirchi Go to Portland

It’s called Revelry, and it opens Tuesday.

08/11/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

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.

08/08/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

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.”

08/04/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

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.

08/03/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle Restaurants That Named Their Neighborhoods

Can you name four?

08/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

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.

07/28/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Goodbye, Susan Kaufman

Serafina and Cicchetti owner left us too soon.

07/25/2016 By Kathryn Robinson