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.

WHAT A YEAR

Hail, Brave New Seattle Restaurants of 2020

These restaurants met the moment with trippy bar breakfasts, socially distanced fine dining, and a limited-edition crab roll.

12/10/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Field Notes

Tyger Tyger Brings Big Sichuan Flavors to Seattle Center

The new Sichuan-inspired restaurant burns bright—and not just as a hockey hangout.

12/10/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Field (and Stream) Notes

Fremont's Local Tide Does Way More Than That Crab Roll

But, you guys...that crab roll.

12/08/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Home (Yet Again) for the Holidays

Where to Order Christmas Meals for Takeout in Seattle

Your dreams of eating prime rib whilst wearing sweatpants just might come true this year.

12/04/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Central District Neighborhood Guide

Where to Eat (and Drink) in the Central District

A variety that reflects the neighborhood’s history.

12/02/2020 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff Photography by Amber Fouts

There in a Jif

Musang Is Seattle Met's Restaurant of the Year

Melissa Miranda’s stunning Filipino food is only part of the equation.

11/30/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Opening Dispatch

Communion to Open in the Central District

Kristi Brown and Damon Bomar bring meaningful cocktails and cuisine to the Liberty Bank Building.

11/25/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Feature

Seattle's Rocky Yeh Helped Craft America's Cocktail Landscape

He never technically tended bar. But before his death last year, the exuberant local left an indelible mark.

11/20/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Illustrations by Dozfy

In Your Feed

Seattle Restaurant Support Reminds Us, Facebook Has an Upside

How founder Jill Gallagher built Seattle's real talk resource for pandemic dining.

11/19/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Field Notes

Under the Influence of Milk Drunk's Fried Chicken Sandwich

The sandwich intended as a footnote now rules the sidewalk on Beacon Avenue.

11/12/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Seattle Dining Guide

Seattle's Best Pizza: From Thin Crust to Deep-Dish

Plus plenty in between.

11/04/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Ballots and Boxes

4 Canlis-Approved Boxed Wines to Get You Through November

Canlis wine director Nelson Daquip picks a few unpretentious favorites: "I was surprised by the quality of what's out there."

11/03/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Patty Permanence

Hitchcock on Bainbridge Island Will Become Burgerhaus

Smash burgers and "bougie burgers" laden with beer cheese set up permanent (probably) shop in the home of Brendan McGill's flagship restaurant.

11/03/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Field Notes

Phnom Penh Noodle House Makes a Graceful Return

Even in sleek new quarters, the 30-year institution in Chinatown–International District feels familiar in all the right ways.

10/29/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Department of Silver Linings

3 Can't-Miss Menus That Wouldn't Exist without the Pandemic

A cocktail destination redefines itself, spectacular chicken wings land in a legendary address, and a legit butter burger gets even better.

10/28/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Opening Dispatch

El Gaucho Readies Its New Flagship, a Stable Turned Steak House

The restaurant will soon reopen in a historic building on Western, a special occasion destination designed for our post-Covid good life.

10/28/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Let's Tock Turkey

These Seattle Restaurants Offer Takeout Thanksgiving Dinner

Big gatherings might be dicey, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't stuff yourself with mashed potatoes and pie.

10/23/2020 By Allecia Vermillion and Erin Wong

Eras

Maria Hines Will Close Tilth This Month

The term "pioneering" gets overused. But never when talking about Maria Hines's organic restaurant.

10/22/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

All of the Fancy Toast

Bastille's Permanent Closure Makes Way for Counter-Service Sabine

Los Angeles hotspots like Sqirl and Gjusta inspire the bistro's next chapter.

10/22/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Food News

The Week in Five Bites, from a Pizza Club to Secret Congee

Plus, a ramen popup and Boat Street's farewell.

10/19/2020 By Allecia Vermillion