Year in Review

Our 15 Most Read and Memorable Stories of 2022

Wait...that was this year?

By Seattle Met Staff December 30, 2022


It's hard to believe 2022 is nearly over. It's also hard to remember what the heck happened this year. (Here's a refresher: There was an Olympics.) Washington's Covid measures officially ended, and, slowly but surely, Seattle reopened. As it did, readers really wanted to know where they should eat out, among other things. Here are some of our most popular and notable reads from the past year.

The Scientific Methods of J. Kenji López-Alt

One of the most influential home cooks, with the power to cause popup sellouts and restaurant reservation frenzies, lives right here in Seattle. In this story, executive editor Allecia Vermillion interrogates just why food people care so much about J. Kenji López-Alt.


Image: Michael Byers

The Best Wineries in Woodinville

Resident wine guru Sean P. Sullivan knows his stuff. In this case, where to drink in our nearby vintner epicenter. 


Image: Brooke Fitts

The Seattleite’s Guide to Bar Trivia

Something we all missed during times of social distancing? Apparently, bar trivia. Our listicle of fine drinking establishments offering low-stakes quizzes for patrons made it into this year's top 15. 


25 Essential Seattle Shops

These shops, lovingly narrowed down by style editor Zoe Sayler, are Local with a capital L. We don't need no stinkin' umbrella local. Yes, those are hand underpants local. It's time to embrace plus-size consignment local. And what's better than that?


The Race to Free Washington’s Last Orca in Captivity

The story about the violent capture of a baby orca off Whidbey Island—and her unlikely survival in a Florida marine park—made for a heart-rending read from features editor Benjamin Cassidy. The fight to bring the aging and ailing Lolita home continues to this day.


Image: Mike Kane

Washington’s 6 Signature Mountains Are Waiting

Nothing like a story plucked from the 2015 archives to stoke a lively Facebook debate about deputy editor and travel expert Allison Williams's origins (her hometown is Olympia, for the record).


Image: Eric Larsen

Every Neighborhood in Seattle in a Nutshell

This 2020 gem was equal parts controversial and affirming for many readers. We prefer to think of it as a handy reference for potential homebuyers during the early-2022 real estate frenzy.


The Best Seafood in Seattle

Executive editor Allecia Vermillion's definitive guide to sustainable delicacies sourced from nearby waters meant oysters, crab rolls, and, yes, dungeness crab mac and cheese.


Image: Amber Fouts

Seattle’s Best Lunch Spots

Did you think we were joking when we said you really wanted to know where to eat this year? We were not. Power lunches, casual lunches, sit-down lunches—we considered anything without a to-go bag and a wrapper.


Image: Amber Fouts

Seattle Restaurants (and Bars) with Covered, Heated, and Tented Patios

In these uncertain times, the Covid cautious warred with the desire for normalcy once again. Past years' obsession with outdoor patios (heated! covered! tented!) may have lessened some, but clearly, not completely.

Image: Amber Fouts

Things to Do in Seattle

This events listicle gets a loving update each and every week, delivering our curated picks of what to do this weekend and beyond. Luckily, there's some pretty awesome stuff that happens in these parts.


Where to Watch the Blue Angels at Seafair This Year

The long-awaited return of these military warcraft was palpable in the days leading up to their Seafair appearance. It was also clear in the number of people who wanted to know where to see them practicing and flying this summer.


Seattle’s 100 Best Restaurants

There are a ton of caveats whenever it comes to terms like "best" and "top." We get that. We also get that people really want to know where to eat right now, and this list is one of the most efficient ways to do so. Updated every year, it consistently ranks as one of our most-read stories. Go figure.

Image: Amber Fouts

The Twisted Life of Clippy

We don't say this lightly but features editor Benjamin Cassidy's deep dive into the origin story of Microsoft's annoying Office assistant and ascension into cultural icon status went viral pretty much as soon as it was published. Clippy's designer Kevan Atteberry later tweeted that it was his favorite in-depth piece on the subject. Not too shabby for this "local rag," if we may say so ourselves.


What’s Up with That House Next to I-5?

We drove up I-5. We saw a wild, lit-up house. We did some research and asked about a home tour and interview with owner George Freeman. The rest, as you might say, is history—and our most-read story of 2022.

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