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.

Taco Timelines

Little Neon Taco Exits First Hill (and Pops Up at La Dive)

The lovely taqueria on Boren closed its doors over the weekend.

03/01/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Foam Party

Robust Developments in Seattle's Vietnamese Coffee Scene

A new spate of cafes—Hello Em, Phin, Coffeeholic House—offers Seattle more than caffeine (but also lots of caffeine).

03/01/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Changeups

Itsumono Brings Playful Drinking Food to the Former Kaname Izakaya

Now happening in Japantown: Nashville-styled karaage, saimin, and a handy teriyaki-inspired cheeseburger.

02/23/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Between Two Lakes

Wallingford Neighborhood Guide

Classic restaurants and shops, craftsmans, and ingenuity are on full display here.

02/19/2021 By Benjamin Cassidy, Stefan Milne, Zoe Sayler, and Allecia Vermillion

WALLINGFORD NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

Where to Eat in Wallingford

This part of town doesn’t get nearly enough credit for all its great food.

02/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff

Water Landing

Seaplane in Kenmore Will Become a Stoup Brewing Outpost

A clever new partnership pairs one of Seattle’s best breweries with Jason Stoneburner’s food.

02/17/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Things to do with a Kid

8 of the Best Playgrounds in and Near Seattle

The region's destination slides, climbs, and swings.

02/11/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Ticket Alert

Edouardo Jordan's Soul of Seattle Feels Bigger, But More Personal This Year

Like so many other events, the now-annual celebration of Black chefs went virtual in 2021.

02/10/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Surreality TV

Seattle's Shota Nakajima Will Compete on the Next Top Chef

The chef behind Adana and Taku surfaces on the cooking show's new Portland season.

02/08/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Oeno Files

The 2021 Version of Taste Washington Trades Events for Exploration

This year's chill format allows for a broader range of restaurants and winemakers.

02/08/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

SEATTLE DINING GUIDE

A Guide to Seattle's Black-Owned Restaurants

Act with your dollars (and fight despair with fried chicken, French bistro fare, or housemade ice cream).

02/08/2021 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff

Our Ice Cream Future

New Local Ice Cream Line Kryse Makes Small Batches of Big Flavors

Owner Kryse Panis Martin's creations should look familiar to fans of the former Central District Ice Cream Company.

01/21/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Cinnamon Roll Dispatch

Cafe Flora's New Sibling, the Flora Bakehouse, Opens Saturday

Seattle's vegetarian landmark brings coffee, and an all-day pastry program, to the underserved slope where Beacon Hill meets Georgetown.

01/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Big News

Canlis Chef Brady Williams Says Farewell to the Restaurant in February

Now to ponder what comes next, for an immensely talented chef, but also the singular role he leaves behind.

01/12/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Hole Foods

Behold, the Best Doughnuts in Seattle

Sprinkled, glazed, and occasionally topped with bacon: These are the city’s most impressive practitioners of fried dough.

12/31/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Everything

At Last, Rubinstein Bagels Opens a Proper Shop

Hold onto your bagel chips...one of the town's most legit purveyors of bagelry now has a cafe at Sixth and Lenora.

12/29/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Weird Year in Review

The 7 Best Things I Ate in My Car This Year

Bring on the mozzarella sticks revival.

12/28/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Field Notes

The Glory, and the Cronuts, of Temple Pastries

Some truly impressive, very buttery things are happening inside this new Central District bakeshop.

12/17/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Tis the Season

When Company Zoom Parties Become a Restaurant Survival Tool

Corporate holiday parties have gone virtual this year, but the boost they give restaurants is very real.

12/17/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Chef Whereabouts

Chef Jason Stratton Lands in the Kitchen at Standard Brewing

One of Seattle's most impressive chefs embraces "grandma food" at the Central District brewpub.

12/15/2020 By Allecia Vermillion