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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Back Fence

How Much Is Too Much Parenting?

A helicopter mom says goodbye.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 05/23/2016

Trends

Meet Peloton And Métier, Seattle's New Biker Bars

Two new cafe–bike shop hybrids fix ambitious meals and flat tires.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 05/23/2016

Best Chefs

Seattle's Next Hot Chefs 2016

These five men and women are the future of Seattle dining. A future full of locavore tacos, Edomae sushi, and swaggering vegetable dishes.

  • By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 05/23/2016

Critic's Notebook

Phad Thai May Be More Interesting Than You Think

A little talk with Wiley Frank.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 05/19/2016

Critic's Notebook

Yes, a Lot of Legendary Seattle Restaurants Are Closing. But Don’t Grieve Yet.

Resurrection is the new closure.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 05/16/2016

Critic's Notebook

Why Nirmal’s Is Making Such a Splash in Seattle

You know, besides 10 rotating varieties of dal.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 05/12/2016

Take It Outside

17 of Seattle's Best Patios

Because it’s never too early to start thinking about alfresco dining.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 05/10/2016

Critic's Notebook

How Could I Leave Out This Killer Patio?

Outdoor dining in Seattle doesn’t get much better than this.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 05/09/2016

Critic's Notebook

Why Renee Erickson Won the James Beard Award

And why it should've been in the name of one of her worthier restaurants.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 05/04/2016

Critic's Notebook

How Does Harvest Beat Compare to the Incomparable Sutra?

Let’s just say Seattle vegans aren’t being quiet about it.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 05/02/2016

Critic's Notebook

Seattle Loves Its Italian Sandwiches

Remember when panini were breaking news? Well, say hello to piadine.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 04/28/2016

Critic's Notebook

5 Reasons You Should Go Out for Dinner This Thursday

Though you might not need more than the first one.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 04/25/2016

Back Fence

Urban Hiking: Does It Make Us Better Citizens?

I walked the widest girth in Seattle to find out.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 04/25/2016

Review

At Nirmal’s, Seattle Finally Gets Its Destination Indian

Chef Nirmal Monteiro brings playful, precise Indian cuisine to Pioneer Square.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 04/22/2016

Review

Harvest Beat Is Seattle’s New Vegan Standard-Bearer

The stunning talents of the team from Sutra are in evidence in its larger reincarnation up the street.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 04/22/2016

Critic's Notebook

Best Seattle Patios for Sun Breaks

Where to eat on springlike days and evenings when it’s sunny one hour and cloudy the next? We’ve got a few suggestions.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 04/21/2016

Critic's Notebook

When a Restaurant Changes its Location…

…Is it likely to get better or worse?

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 04/18/2016

Critic's Notebook

Restaurants that Play Records

Turning tables happens literally in these joints. Here’s why it’s so ridiculously cool.  

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 04/14/2016

Critic's Notebook

This is Seriously Hot in Seattle Restaurants

Ash came late to our shores, but now it's everywhere.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 04/11/2016

Critic's Notebook

The Return of Boat Street Cafe?

One of the greatest restaurants Seattle’s ever had comes back. Sort of.

  • By Kathryn Robinson
  • Published 04/07/2016
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