Allecia Vermillion has spent a decade at Seattle Met, arriving as food and drink editor, and expanding her role over the years. She served as the magazine’s editor in chief until moving into a newly created executive editor role in 2021.

She spearheads Seattle Met’s food and drink coverage and oversees home design content. Allecia’s writing has earned her multiple journalism awards and two James Beard Award nominations over the years. A native of Portland, Oregon, Allecia began her writing life as a newspaper reporter in the Chicago suburbs before making a grateful return to the Pacific Northwest. 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 children.

Best New Restaurants 2021

4 Longtime Favorites Add New Locations with a Twist

Pho Bac, Honeyhole, Momiji, and Carmelo’s Tacos added new outposts in 2021.

09/23/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Big Cheese

Oaky's Tex-Mex Arrives on a Wave of Queso

The Jackson Street restaurant also serves tacos, burritos, churros with dipping chocolate, and an impressive cocktail list.

09/23/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

At Long Last

It's a Big Week for Local Restaurant Reopenings

Essex, Bar Taglio, New Luck Toy, Hood Famous Cafe and Bar, and Cafe Hitchcock get back in the game.

09/22/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Noodle Envy

The Piquant Charms of Flavor Lao Bowl

A modest storefront on Aurora Avenue delivers nam khao, sausage, and noodle bowls.

09/20/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Kiki Culture

Inside Passage Is Enchantment (and Cocktails) Under the Sea

The immersive bar hidden behind Rumba serves stunning cocktails in a room inspired by the bottom of the sea.

09/17/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Float On

Never Have I Ever: Traveled by Seaplane

San Juan Island travelers can avoid ferry lines and hours of traffic with a 40-minute seaplane ride from downtown Seattle on Kenmore Air.

09/16/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Tuck and Roll

Never Have I Ever: Sledded Down a City Hill

Does it snow in Seattle? Yes, it does. After a big snowstorm, Seattle's hillsides become extreme ski jumps for winter adventurers.

09/16/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Emme Collins Is a French-Fried Force on Chopped

The Seattle Public Schools chef took on french fries and milk shakes in a new episode of the popular Food Network show.

09/15/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Market Forces

A New Name for Several Longtime Local Supermarkets

The local Seattle grocery store wants all six locations to go by Town and Country Market. The supermarket in Mill Creek is the first to change its name.

09/15/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Hopped Up

Washington Breweries Won Big at the Great American Beer Festival

Plus, Steve Luke and Cloudburst Brewing brought home a 2021 "Brewery of the Year" honor.

09/14/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Oeno Files

Washington Wine’s Variety Show

A new crop of growers and makers have added sparkle, acidity, and even emerging tasting regions to the statewide mix. Meanwhile, the cabernet and syrah just ...

09/14/2021 By Sean P. Sullivan and Allecia Vermillion Illustrations by Traci Daberko Photography by Brooke Fitts and Kelly Turso

Oeno Files

The Not-New Guard of Washington Wine

A burgeoning natural wine movement takes the state in a fresh new direction. And yet we’ve been here before.

09/14/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Illustrations by Traci Daberko

Best New Restaurants 2021

At Aki Kushiyaki, Fine Dining Means Meat on a Stick

Japanese kushiyaki restaurants inspired this tasting menu destination, which uses binchotan charcoal to grill chicken, wagyu, and more.

09/14/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Scenic Slices

Pagliacci Takes Over Totem House for New Ballard Location

Red Mill Totem House closed over Labor Day weekend. Say hello to pizza by the slice, faster delivery, and a lunch destination near Ballard Locks.

09/07/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Revolution, Baked In

How Popups Will Shape the Next Chapter of Seattle Dining

Situ Tacos, Guerilla Pizza Kitchen, and My Friend's Cookies represent a new guard of great food that's changing our city for the better.

09/07/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

The Beverage Lobby

The Fairmont Olympic's Remodel Gives Downtown Seattle a New Cocktail Bar

A grand remodel inserts midcentury swagger, and careful cocktails, into the lobby of downtown Seattle's historic hotel.

09/06/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Collabs

Bale Breaker Brewing and Yonder Cider Land in Ballard

This new family- and dog-friendly Seattle hangout pours beer, cider, even seltzer.

09/03/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Habitat

A Rural Retreat in Sultan Creates Angles of Repose

Architect David Coleman designed a custom home in Sultan, Washington, with complex geometry and lots of sunlight.

09/03/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Lara Swimmer

The Great Outdoors

3 Bars (and Cafes) Where the Patio Is the Point

The biggest and best Seattle patios for eating and drinking outdoors.

09/02/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Beer + Books

Chuck's Hop Shop Is Coming to Seward Park

First Greenwood, then the Central District. Now the bottle shop and beer hangout will expand into Third Place Books.

09/02/2021 By Allecia Vermillion