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.

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: NY- and Chicago-Style Pizza in the OG Red Robin

Your Friday dispatch from Seattle Met’s food team.

11/15/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Hungry Like A...

Ethan Stowell Will Bring How to Cook a Wolf to Madison Park

His second-eldest restaurant in Queen Anne gets a sibling in another leafy neighborhood across town.

11/15/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

YESSSSS

Rachel's Ginger Beer Opens at the Spheres

Snappy ginger beer. Cocktails. And some of the best fiery fried chicken in town.

11/11/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: In Defense of Tom Douglas and Some Truly Gonzo Corn Dogs

Your Friday dispatch from Seattle Met’s food team.

11/08/2019 By Allecia Vermillion and Annika Lindburg

Croissant Dispatch

Cafe Flora Plans a Spin-Off Bakehouse on Beacon Hill

The Flora Bakehouse will bring coffee and pastries aplenty to the area near Grover Cleveland High School.

11/05/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Jason Stratton's Departure and a Self-Serve Bar

Your Friday dispatch from Seattle Met's food team.

11/01/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Maximalist Sandwiches and Hood Famous Cocktails

Your Friday dispatch from Seattle Met's food team.

10/25/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Same Salumi, Different Day

It's a New Era at These Beloved Seattle Food Institutions

Seattle’s recent flurry of restaurant ownership changes includes Mashiko, Salumi, and Piroshky, Piroshky.

10/22/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Newcomers to Love

Hot New Seattle Restaurants to Check Out

To answer that eternal question: Where should we eat tonight?

10/22/2019 By Rosin Saez and Allecia Vermillion

Cover Story

The Great Seattle Restaurant Rush of 2019

The thrill of discovery. A surge of great new spots.

10/22/2019 By Rosin Saez and Allecia Vermillion

Counter Act

A Seattle Lunch Spot Destined for Greatness

In the erratic alchemy of a restaurant’s success or failure, sometimes the best route is the gloriously specific one.

10/22/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Feature

A Life Extruded: Mike Easton and the Alki Homestead’s Path to Il Nido

When the chef reshaped his career he couldn't have known he'd share his destiny with a century-old log cabin and dining icon rising from literal ashes.

10/22/2019 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Kyle Johnson

Hit List

These Are Seattle's Best New Restaurants of 2019

This was a year of variety, from Filipino tasting menus to the pizza doppelganger that's Georgia's national dish.

10/22/2019 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez

Awards & Accolades

Homer Is Seattle Met's 2019 Restaurant of the Year

In a warm Beacon Hill dining room, Logan Cox makes the unfamiliar craveable, and the familiar feel like something new entirely.

10/07/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

It's a Lot

Little Uncle Shuttered Over the Weekend

One of the city's best restaurants bids a quiet farewell.

09/30/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Emotions

Matt Dillon Is Closing Sitka and Spruce

“At this mesmerizing juncture of our world, continuing Sitka’s relationship in Seattle does not make me a better father, partner, activist, employer, or frie...

09/25/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

March of the Half Pints

When Did Seattle Breweries Become Baby Hangouts?

This town increasingly views drinking local as a family activity.

09/24/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

Taneda Is Broadway Alley’s Sushi Secret

The high-end omakase brings two Japanese traditions together under one unlikely roof.

09/24/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Bottoms Up

5 Signature Seattle Cocktails to Know and Love

A round of drinks that displays the breadth of our town's rich cocktail culture.

09/20/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Noodle Notices

The Excellent Xi'an Noodles Opened a Second Location at Westlake

Cumin lamb biang biang noodles just became a downtown lunch all-star.

09/19/2019 By Allecia Vermillion