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.

Biscuits and Backstory

Why JuneBaby Was 2017's Biggest-Deal Restaurant Opening

Chef Edouardo Jordan cemented his fine-dining cred at Salare, but his second restaurant is far more personal.

09/19/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Trend

All-Day Cafes Are a Byproduct of Seattle's New Work Culture

These stylish coffee-to-wine destinations have a symbiotic relationship with the city's new workforce.

09/19/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best of Washington Wine

A Wine Taster’s Guide to the Rocks Region

Our most distinctive wine region makes waves with the national wine set. So how can regular people actually taste these memorable syrahs?

09/13/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Oeno Files

The Best of Washington Wine 2017

A wine-drenched weekend away in Walla Walla. Our annual list of the 100 best wines in the state. There are so many ways to raise a glass and celebrate our proximity to incredible cabernet, syrah, chardonnay, and more.

09/13/2017 By Sean P. Sullivan and Allison Williams With Allecia Vermillion

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: September 2017

This month’s favorites: Beef, be it in meatballs, fancy stoner nachos, or brisket piled on top of meatloaf.

08/25/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez

Review

Asadero Ballard Is a Carnivore's Mesquite-Tinged Dream

The screaming value on the high-end cuts of meat is one of many reasons to visit this Mexican steak house.

08/23/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Where to Eat Now

Seattle's Best New Restaurants 2017: Our City's Pivotal Dining Moment

The food scene may change as fast as our skyline, but that just means there’s more to explore.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez

Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants 2017: Windy City Pie

Dave Lichterman is wowing the city with his deep-dish pies—a soft, almost brioche-like crust, a carefully calibrated meat/cheese/sauce ratio, and that all-important ring of crisply caramelized cheese around the edge.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants 2017: L'Oursin

The Central District bistro isn’t trying to please everyone. That’s why it’s such a pleasure.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants 2017

Chef Brian Clevenger Is Having an Unusually Big Year

Here's what the rapid-fire restaurateur has been up to in 2017—and what's next.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

JuneBaby Mania

Why Seattle Went Nuts When JuneBaby Opened

An actual line—a long one—of eager diners waited outside Edouardo Jordan's Southern restaurant at 5pm on day one. Here are 5 reasons it lives up to the hype.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants 2017

From Poke to Pizza, These Are The Best Things We Ate This Year

11 dishes for your dining out to-do list.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez Photography by Sara Marie D’Eugenio

Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants 2017: Mean Sandwich

It isn’t fancy—just a few booths, a big walkup counter, and seating that wraps around the ample front windows. But…those sandwiches.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants 2017: Marmite

In a most unexpected next chapter, Bruce Naftaly gives Capitol Hill a relaxed evolution of Le Gourmand.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants 2017

Seattle's Best New Bars That Are Secretly Dining Destinations

Remember when Seattle’s bars and restaurants were kind of indistinguishable? These newcomers are proudly, defiantly drink destinations, two from the same pair of local beverage luminaries. And yet we keep coming back for the food.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Best Restaurants 2017

New Views: 2017's Most Scenic Restaurants

Suddenly, superb food and memorable views aren’t mutually exclusive.

08/18/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Drumroll Please

And Seattle Met's 2017 Restaurant of the Year Is...

...the whole package. Great food, superb service, and a beautiful room.

08/11/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Awards and Accolades

The 2017 Restaurant of the Year Is...

In a moment where casual, familiar dining prevails, one chef transforms bison, boar shoulder, and venison into polished plates, served with easygoing grace. All this and a devastatingly stylish dining room? No wonder our restaurant of the year is…

08/11/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Steakation (All I Ever Wanted)

No Big Deal, Just a 3-Day Festival Dedicated to Beef

And yes, it's called Cowabunga.

08/10/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

This Is Happening

Shake Shack Is Coming to Seattle

Who knew: These beloved burgers, concretes, and crinkle-cut fries have a significant Seattle backstory. And they're finally headed our way.

08/09/2017 By Allecia Vermillion