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.

Food News

The Week in Five Bites, from Legit Bagels to Boozy Otter Pops

Rubinstein Bagels divulges its brick-and-mortar shop, and Salare reopens with takeout, Jamaican fare, and even kids meals.

9:00am By Allecia Vermillion

Crustacean Crush

Local Tide Brings Crab Rolls and Shrimp Toast to Fremont

A Pike Place Market popup finds stylish new digs.

08/05/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

New Restaurant Report

West Seattle's Grillbird Revisits Seattle’s Teriyaki Traditions

A former Pizza Hut enters a stylish future built on char-grilled chicken.

08/05/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Editor’s Note

Dinner and a Pandemic: Saluting Adaptation in an Irrepressible Seattle

Traditional restaurant odes may be on pause—but our July/August issue is an ode to the city.

08/04/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Resilient Seattle

How a Group of Chef Buddies Joined Forces to Feed Seattle’s Food Insecure

Chef Melissa Miranda says Seattle Community Kitchen Collective will dish up free meals as part of the new normal.

08/04/2020 Edited by Allecia Vermillion By Melissa Miranda

Food News

The Week in Five Bites August 3–9

The Whale Wins debuts its new persona, and two of Seattle's best restaurants set up a temporary Pike Place Market patio.

08/03/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Market Forces

There's Never Been a Better Time for Locals to Support Pike Place

The demolished tourism industry means a quieter-than-average summer for this local landmark.

07/30/2020 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff

Dairy Doings

Homer's Fried Chicken Sandwich Spin-Off, Milk Drunk, Opens on Beacon Hill

If you're going to open a bar in the middle of a pandemic, you might as well furnish it with fried chicken sandwiches, soft serve, and crazy fun cocktails.

07/30/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Carby Switchups

Marcus Lalario Brings Mezzanotte (and Pasta) to Georgetown

The former Bar Ciudad space trades rotisserie for rigatoni.

07/29/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

More Than Just a View

West Seattle Neighborhood Guide

Top restaurants. Handmade goods. A bustling beach and an ill-fated bridge. This peninsular patch of Seattle isn’t easy to get to, but it’s well worth the trip.

07/27/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy, James Ross Gardner, Nicole Martinson, and Allecia Vermillion

Arrrrrgh You Serious

Canlis Stages a Secret, Salty Scavenger Hunt

The restaurant's outdoor crab shack comes with a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a voicemail.

07/24/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Bring on the Pizza

Seattle Popups Bloom Amidst Uncertainty

Enterprising chefs meet this weird moment with brunch, elegant vegetables, or just a big sack of burgers.

07/23/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Vanilla? Not so much.

Seattle’s Best Ice Cream

A complete list, from chocolate to chocolate fudge…to Mexican chocolate, to dairy-free chocolate date.

07/16/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle Dining Guide

Seattle’s Essential Burgers

Of-the-moment smashes, classic doubles, international influences—burgers sustain us through good times and through uncertainty. They’re pretty portable, too.

07/10/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Plant One On Me

Frankie and Jo's Arrives at U Village

After a brief delay, the plant-based ice cream phenom makes its third location official.

07/09/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Trend

Let's Hope Family Style Takeout Sticks Around Long After Covid-19

Seattle restaurants embrace our slow-casual future.

07/08/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Serious Fallout

Tom Douglas Shutters Cuoco and Brave Horse Tavern: What Does It All Mean?

Right now the fate of so many restaurants lies with their landlords—and the deeply unsexy yet critical terms of their leases.

07/07/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Expansion Mode

Ballard's Excellent Sazón Kitchen Plans a Second Location

Sazón de la Baja will bring tacos, dynamite Mexican breakfast, and seafood dishes to upper Queen Anne.

06/15/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Food Fight

These Black-Owned Seattle Restaurants Are Open for Takeout

Act with your dollars (and fight despair with fried chicken, French bistro fare, or housemade ice cream).

06/01/2020 By Allecia Vermillion