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.

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

Meal Reveals

It's Nearly Time for Seattle Met's Secret Supper 2017

Of all the places that opened in the past year, which one delivers the complete experience? Find out August 10.

08/04/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Fun With Listicles

6 Cookies I Have Known and Loved

Some have sprinkles. Others have pork rinds.

08/03/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Collabs

Mission Chinese's Danny Bowien Comes to Mean Sandwich

Let's call it Mean Chinese. Tickets will go fast.

07/31/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Morning Matters

Monica Dimas Plans New York–Style Bagel Counter on Capitol Hill

The Future of the Manu's Bodegita and Little Uncle Space on Madison: Westman's Bagels and Coffee.

07/27/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Pizza Excitement

Ma'ono Chef Mark Fuller Will Open a Pizza Bar on California Ave

It's called Supreme. Get ready for New York–style pies (and slices) that range from classic and comforting to "taco meat and nacho cheese."

07/24/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

Scratch Vietnamese Sandwich Shop Lan Hue Opens on Jackson Street

Everything's made in house—from the baguettes to the mayo.

07/20/2017 By Allecia Vermillion