Deputy Editor

Allecia Vermillion oversees all things food and drink at Seattle Met, from cover packages to restaurant reviews, and narrative long-form features to breaking blog news. In Seattle, this can mean anything from imagining breweries as high school yearbook superlatives to eating a $200 foie gras–studded hot dog and pondering what it all means. 

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.

Market Forces

Joe Chocolates Makes Big Plans for Pike Place Market

A rising star of caffeine and chocolate is moving in next door to Beecher's. This could be big.

02/21/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Air Fare

Skillet, Sunset Fried Chicken Sandwiches Destined for Sea-Tac Airport

Plus Filson and Elliott Bay Book Co.

02/14/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Collabs

Shaun McCrain Teams Up with Fellow Thomas Keller Alums for Copine's New Dinner Series

Some compatriots from McCrain's days at Per Se will join him in his Ballard kitchen.

02/06/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

Cafe Flora's Airport Sibling, Floret, Brings Vegetarian Food to Sea-Tac February 6

Cinnamon rolls. Oaxaca Tacos. Stumptown espresso and plenty of pre-flight cocktails.

02/02/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Shift Change

Miles James in the Kitchen at Quinn's? Brilliant.

The Pike/Pine gastropub has new owners, but also a legit new chef.

02/01/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

The Battle of Porktown

Oh, Hey—Here's the Carlile Room's 'Hamilton'-Themed Menu

Buns. And nips. And firearm-themed sips.

01/31/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Morning Matters

Westman's Bagel and Coffee Opens on Madison

Monica Dimas and Molly Westman debut New York–style bagels (plus Jewish deli favorites).

01/19/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

Reckless Noodle House Charges into the Central District

With plenty of cocktails, and a casual Vietnamese menu that packs heat.

01/15/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Libation Anticipation

Erik Hakkinen's Downtown Bar Sounds Clandestine and Lovely

One of the town's most talented barkeeps plans a cocktail hideaway beneath the former Lusty Lady.

01/09/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Yesssss

Babirusa Takes Over Kushibar in Belltown

Fans of the erstwhile Blind Pig Bistro, rejoice—Charles Walpole's tasting menus are back.

01/02/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Brighter Days Ahead

10 Restaurants We Eagerly Await in 2018

All types of places, all over town.

01/02/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Year in Review

The Best Things We Ate All Year: 2017

Some hits from new places, and great stuff we ate while off duty.

12/29/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez

Year in Review

Of Requiems and Reboots: Seattle Restaurants That Closed in 2017

No *you're* getting maudlin.

12/28/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Year in Review

Seattle's Biggest Food News of 2017

Clearly we all needed some good news in our lives this year.

12/25/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Baller

Renee Erickson Will Open a Bar and a Restaurant in the Amazon Spheres

One of the city's best-loved local chefs joins forces with a most unconventional new landmark.

12/22/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

End-of-Year Emotions

The Belltown Gods Giveth; The Belltown Gods Taketh Away

Some good news (hooray, Babirusa) and some very very sad news (no....Two Bells) from one of the city's most rapidly changing 'hoods.

12/22/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Ticket Alert

Here's the Story Behind Canlis's Mysterious New Year's Eve Dance Party

On the final night of 2017, the restaurant trades in fine dining for a night of surprises, dancing, and maybe a few Dick's burgers. Hey—it's never too early to start planning your NYE.

11/28/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Feature

Scents from a Mall: The Sticky, Untold Story of Cinnabon

Three decades after its creation in Seattle, the cinnamon roll purveyor maintains a novel sway over our appetites and, thanks to a certain flamboyant, corrupt attorney, some unexpected TV fame.

10/23/2017 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Kyle Johnson

Review

Restaurant Review: The Lakehouse in Bellevue

Chef Jason Wilson serves seasonal, slightly homey fare in an aggressively stylish space.

10/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Around Town

What We’re Eating Now: October 2017

This month’s favorites: so many sandwiches, from legit po’boys to superlative banh mi to international grilled cheese.

09/25/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez