Editor in Chief

Allecia Vermillion is only the third editor in chief in Seattle Met’s history. She previously spent eight years overseeing all things food and drink for the magazine, from cover packages to restaurant reviews, and narrative long-form features to breaking blog news. These days, Allecia continues to write restaurant reviews alongside her EIC duties.
 
In 2015 she received the magazine’s first-ever James Beard Award nomination for the origin story of Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte (“OMFG It’s the PSL”); the feature was also included in the book Best Food Writing 2015. She was a James Beard finalist again, in 2016, for her profile about the rise and fall of a promising chef (“The Brief, Extraordinary Life of Cody Spafford”).
 
Allecia grew up in Portland, Oregon, but began her journalism life as a newspaper reporter in the Chicago suburbs, later launching Eater Seattle as the founding editor before landing at Seattle Met in 2011. She has an English degree from Washington University (no, the one in St. Louis) and a masters in journalism from Northwestern University. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two young kids.

Changeups

Mean Sandwich's New Owner Has an Oyster Pedigree

A surprising turn of events for one of the best sandwich shops in town.

04/12/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Revamps

Renee Erickson Will Transform Saint Helens into Bistro Shirlee

The new iteration of her Laurelhurst restaurant is a tribute to Erickson's mom, and a return to the space's French bistro and wine bar roots.

04/01/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Deep Dish

Windy City Pie Is Softly Open on Phinney Ridge

After a few months of carryout business, the town's best deep dish pizza has a dining room (and bar) of its own.

03/28/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Side Dish

Lessons in Queso from Oaky’s Tex Mex

When it comes to the melted dip of cheese and chiles, the road to mediocrity is paved with artisanal ingredients.

03/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

At Archipelago, No Menu Is an Island

Filipino flavors and the Pacific Northwest intersect in Hillman City.

03/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

News Feed

Seattle Restaurant News April 2019

This month: ice cream geekery, bubbling broths, and French-toned burgers.

03/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Taste Trend

Dinner in Seattle, Reinvented

For some intrepid chefs, leaning into the bottom line yields a menu that’s even better.

03/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

From Book to Beat

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Gets Set to Music

On its 10th anniversary, the best-selling novel set in Chinatown–International District finds new life as a musical.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Dining Guide

13 Restaurants in Little Saigon You Can't Miss

Where to find steaming pho, housemade banh mi, even Taiwanese-style desserts.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion With Rosin Saez

Neighborhood in Flux

Little Saigon Is at a Literal and Figurative Crossroads

New housing developments are bringing a flood of residents to the neighborhood.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Next in Line

The Next Generation Puts Its Spin on Iconic C–ID Businesses

At Pho Bac and Uwajimaya, a new generation of business owners carry on their families’ legacies.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Dining Guide

4 Japantown Restaurants You Need to Know About

A verifiable sushi destination, this neighborhood's also home to fried snacks and weekend ramen.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion With Rosin Saez

The Future, Illuminated

A Reimagined Louisa Hotel Heralds a New Era in Chinatown

The Woo siblings honor their father's legacy by turning the long-vacant building into apartments.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle Lexicon

What to Call the District

In this neighborhood, even the name is complex.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Dining Guide

The Best Restaurants in Chinatown Right Now

From dim sum to hot pot to late night comfort food.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez

Cover Story

New Adventures in the Historic Chinatown–International District

Shop, slurp noodles, and take in the story of Seattle’s most singular neighborhood.

02/26/2019 Edited by Allecia Vermillion Photography by Chona Kasinger Illustrations by Junichi Tsuneoka

Side Dish

Tock Adds Extra Risk—and Reward—to Dinner

The online reservation platform has changed the way some Seattle restaurants are booking dinner guests.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

The Meat Goes on at the New Salumi

How new owners and a new space recast Seattle’s mainstay Italian deli.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

News Feed

Seattle Restaurant News March 2019

This month: gluten-free bliss, a home for kushikatsu, and sake for days.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Long Time Coming

A Musical Version of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet?

A Seattle–born composer has secured the rights for a stage adaptation of Jamie Ford's beloved local novel.

01/31/2019 By Allecia Vermillion