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.

BIRD'S-THIGH VIEW

The World According to Fried Chicken

A guide to our most universal comfort food.

06/03/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Chona Kasinger

Coveted Real Estate

Rainier Valley and Rainier Beach Neighborhood Guide

Diverse restaurants. Top basketball prospects. A labyrinthine garden. This stretch of the city covers an outsize amount of cultural terrain.

05/21/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy, Stefan Milne, Rosin Saez, and Allecia Vermillion

Rainier Neighborhood Guide

Where to Eat in Rainier Valley and Rainier Beach

This swath of the city is short on hype, but its restaurants offer a globe’s worth of dishes.

05/21/2021 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff

Overthinking Bravo

How Shota Nakajima Turned Top Chef Into an Interactive Experience

“Excuse me, is something really cool happening? I’ve never seen a line like this before.”

05/20/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

People Love Us on Yelp

New Podcast Dear Elite Reviewer Is a Five-Star Commentary on Seattle Dining

The owner of Watson's Counter in Ballard kicks off a conversation about the power and perfidy of online restaurant reviews.

05/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Breakfast Updates

Canlis Alums Fill the Pastry Case at the New Volunteer Park Cafe and Pantry

As next chapters go, it's hard to imagine a better one for this cherished cornerstone of north Capitol Hill.

05/18/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Doughnut Watch

Zuri's Donutz Brings Imaginative Old Fashioneds to Ballard This Summer

Sure it's just a weekend popup...for now.

05/17/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Bagel Watch

Porkchop and Co. Is Now Rachel's Bagels and Burritos

The brunch restaurant's permanent embrace of its pandemic-era carbs keeps Seattle awash in great bagels (and breakfast burritos).

05/07/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

International Intrigue

Canlis's New Chef Is Aisha Ibrahim

The hiring process was unconventional. The result seems like a fantastic fit.

05/03/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Pastry Case Worship

Saint Bread, a New Destination Bakery, Alights on Portage Bay

Chocolate chip cookies and okonomiyaki tortillas arrive on a working waterfront.

04/28/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode Four Recap: Shota's Loose Center

Things get raw in an episode covertly sponsored by a swarm of bees.

04/23/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Bucket-Based Dining

Shota Nakajima Reopens Taku as a House of Fried Chicken

Karaage will rule the menu when the Top Chef contestant's Capitol Hill bar returns in May.

04/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle Dining Guide

Seattle’s Best New Restaurants, Continued Surreality Edition

Great meals forged in chaos, from finessed fine dining to a double dose of bagels.

04/12/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode Two Recap: Shota Rocks Lobster

“I looked left and right, no one locked eyes with me. And then I looked down and I saw Shota.”

04/09/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Up With Pizza

Inside Moto’s Enchanted Cottage of Detroit-Style Pizza

At this West Seattle newcomer, the setting is unlikely, but the pizza is unreal.

04/07/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

TV Recap

Top Chef Portland Episode One Recap: Shota Gets the Bird

In which Seattle chef Shota Nakajima is down, up, and all about duck.

04/01/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Sugar rush

10 Sweet Bakery Day Trips from Seattle

Croissants, churros, and crullers worth a special drive.

04/01/2021 By Allison Williams and Allecia Vermillion

Better Times

Seattle's Future Contains Bars. Cool New Bars.

Here Today promises beer and views and sunshine. Inside Passage will plunge you to the bottom of the sea (with a cocktail).

03/29/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

New Terroir

Canlis Says Farewell to Wine and Spirits Director Nelson Daquip

The man who brought the restaurant its first James Beard Award is headed to LA.

03/23/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

THE CARBS ISSUE

Carbs: You Know You Want Them

A big guide to Seattle's carbiest comfort food.

03/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts