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.

Cover Story

New Adventures in the Historic Chinatown–International District

Shop, slurp noodles, and take in the story of Seattle’s most singular neighborhood.

02/26/2019 Edited by Allecia Vermillion Photography by Chona Kasinger Illustrations by Junichi Tsuneoka

Side Dish

Tock Adds Extra Risk—and Reward—to Dinner

The online reservation platform has changed the way some Seattle restaurants are booking dinner guests.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Review

The Meat Goes on at the New Salumi

How new owners and a new space recast Seattle’s mainstay Italian deli.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

News Feed

Seattle Restaurant News March 2019

This month: gluten-free bliss, a home for kushikatsu, and sake for days.

02/26/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Long Time Coming

A Musical Version of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet?

A Seattle–born composer has secured the rights for a stage adaptation of Jamie Ford's beloved local novel.

01/31/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Shift Change

Over at Manolin, Changes and a New Bar Project

A new sibling bar, Rupee, will explore Sri Lankan food and its tradition of "short eats."

01/29/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

MistralKitchen Chef William Belickis Returns...to Chavez?

The Mexican restaurant on 12th Ave will gradually become the chef's new project, Violet.

01/28/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Expansion Mode

All-Day Cafe Mr. West Heads to University Village

Espresso, wine, and European-style snacks served in an atmospheric space? Yeah, that will track at U Village.

01/25/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Hot Pot Matters

HaiDiLao Will Bring Sichuan-Style Hot Pots to Pacific Place

A popular hot pot chain offers a peek into the new vibes at Pacific Place.

01/24/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Meat Matters

L'Oursin's New Off-Menu Burger Sounds Spectacular

An East Coast–style burger is reimagined for a bistro.

01/23/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Deli Matters

Brendan McGill Says Farewell to Hitchcock Deli Georgetown

Georgetown's craft sandwich shop gets a new owner, and new life as a deli and market.

01/15/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: New Soup Dumplings and No Blue C Sushi

Five dining developments on our radar this week.

01/11/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

And Now, Another Round of Restaurant Openings

Bring on the queso, the deep dish pizza, the breakfast burritos...and a destination-worthy house of mindful eating to atone for everything we just mentioned.

01/08/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

Look at All the Restaurants That Opened Over the Holidays

And a mega-popular bakery. And a brewery we've been anticipating since summer 2017.

01/02/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Expansion Mode (Sake Edition)

Mutsuko Soma Will Open a Sake Bar

The Kamonegi chef's new sake bar, Hannyatou, is inspired by "the Edo-period tradition of drinking at a liquor store."

01/02/2019 By Allecia Vermillion

Year in Review

Seattle Met's 12 Bites of Christmas

Our favorite food memories from restaurants that came onto the scene in 2018, rounded up in the form of a classic Christmas carol.

12/25/2018 By Allecia Vermillion and Rosin Saez

Year in Review

It's Been a Year: Seattle Restaurants That Closed in 2018

October was particularly brutal.

12/21/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

You GUYS!

Ummm, Salumi Is Making Cookies Now

A classic chocolate chip gets a salty assist of pancetta.

12/20/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Holiday Bummers

Some Growing Pains for Sun Liquor's Eggnog

The company won't sell a portion of this year's batch due to some thickness issues.

12/18/2018 By Allecia Vermillion

Side Dish

By Tae Brings Hand Rolls to Capitol Hill

At this tiny counter, chef Sun Hong serves hand rolls to the lucky occupants of his seven stools.

12/18/2018 By Allecia Vermillion