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.

So...This Happened

The Year in Seattle Restaurant News

From restaurant group shakeups to Shake Shack.

10/23/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Course Catalog

2018—The Year of the Tasting Menu?

In a year of increasingly casual, Caviar-compatible restaurants, the tasting menu made an unexpected resurgence.

10/23/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Still Not Sated?

16 More New Spots You Need to Know

Kaiseki. Barbecue. Short rib pho. Our current restaurant landscape is equal parts indulgent and elegant.

10/23/2018 By Rosin Saez and Allecia Vermillion

Hit List

These Are Seattle's 12 Best New Restaurants

These are the meals that sent us into the night with an extra bounce in our step and a determination to come back again.

10/23/2018 By Rosin Saez and Allecia Vermillion Illustrations by Jordan Kay

Pasta Pending

Matt Fortner in the Market

Matt's in the Market has a serendipitously named new chef.

10/23/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

The Year In Dining

Seattle's Best New Restaurants of 2018

Some of the year's new arrivals are supremely ambitious, others unabashedly low-key.

10/23/2018 By Rosin Saez and Allecia Vermillion

Art & Craft

Kamonegi Is Seattle Met's Restaurant of the Year

Mutsuko Soma excels at so much more than soba.

10/23/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Crisped Cheese Excitement

Windy City Pie Finds a Permanent Home on Phinney Ridge

The deep-dish pizza worth trekking to Interbay for will soon relocate to a proper restaurant space.

10/17/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Meal Reveals

Seattle Met's Secret Supper Is Back

Be the first to learn the identity of our 2018 Restaurant of the Year—then go eat there, that very night.

10/16/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

At Bellevue’s Ascend, Medium Rare Meets Rarified Air

This steak and sushi spot isn’t from around here. And that’s okay.

10/16/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Sweet

Shug's Expands to West Seattle

The ever-so-charming Pike Place Market soda fountain plans a mini spinoff.

10/09/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Dudes

And Now, a Cowabunga Ticket Update

Get 'em while you can (whoops, but not VIP...those are sold out).

10/01/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Oy, This Year

Petite Galerie Closes in Madison Valley

This lovely dining room was high-end and, alas, short-lived.

09/25/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Shake Shack Cometh

Shake Shack's Just-for-Seattle Burger Is Local to the Core

The mega, meaty Montlake Double Cut is the first time the company has localized every major element of one of its burgers—even the patty.

09/21/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Hang Around Town

19 Urban Adventures for the Whole Family

Where to embrace the city sights, the great outdoors, or a rainy afternoon.

09/21/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Grocery Games

A Pike Place Market Shopping Crawl

Yes, locals do buy stuff here.

09/21/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Low & Slow

A Cowabunga Preview: Beer 'N BBQ

A look at the 'cue gods and beer masters suiting up for our annual food festival.

09/20/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Out-Of-State Dining

Our Favorite Moments From Feast 2018

We went to Feast in Portland this weekend. Here are some highlights from the four-day festival but be warned, this recap may induce food-related FOMO.

09/17/2018 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez

Walla Walla Dispatch

Wine, Rocks, and Christophe Baron’s Revolution

Syrah from the Rocks District holds the region in thrall. And the man who launched this movement wants nothing to do with it.

09/11/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

Wa’z Explores the Quiet Art of Kaiseki

The Belltown restaurant’s eight-course menus are the understatement of the year.

09/11/2018 By Allecia Vermillion