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.

Seattle Dining Guide

Seattle’s Essential Burgers

Of-the-moment smashes, classic doubles, international influences—burgers sustain us through good times and through uncertainty. They’re pretty portable, too.

07/10/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Plant One On Me

Frankie and Jo's Arrives at U Village

After a brief delay, the plant-based ice cream phenom makes its third location official.

07/09/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Trend

Let's Hope Family Style Takeout Sticks Around Long After Covid-19

Seattle restaurants embrace our slow-casual future.

07/08/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Serious Fallout

Tom Douglas Shutters Cuoco and Brave Horse Tavern: What Does It All Mean?

Right now the fate of so many restaurants lies with their landlords—and the deeply unsexy yet critical terms of their leases.

07/07/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Expansion Mode

Ballard's Excellent Sazón Kitchen Plans a Second Location

Sazón de la Baja will bring tacos, dynamite Mexican breakfast, and seafood dishes to upper Queen Anne.

06/15/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Food Fight

These Black-Owned Seattle Restaurants Are Open for Takeout

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

06/01/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Burning Bright

Tyger Tyger, Lionhead's Sichuan Sibling, Opens in Lower Queen Anne

The timing may not be great, but the potential for this fiery new spot seems endless.

06/01/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Covid-Proof Omakase

Seattle Sushi Legend Shiro Kashiba Enters the World of Takeout

This limited edition dinner to-go still feels like a special occasion.

05/28/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Civic Duty

Cans of Manny's Pale Ale Arrive in Stores This Week

Should you need further proof we live in unprecedented times—Georgetown Brewing is canning its most popular beer.

05/26/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

KATSU LATER

Shota Nakajima Makes Adana's Closure Permanent

"I'm relieved, to be honest."

05/22/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Sisqó Systems

The Ultimate Survival Tactic for Seattle Restaurants: Burgers

The public's love of patties between buns is keeping plenty of restaurants afloat—even ones that don't usually serve burgers.

05/19/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Deliverance

How to Help Restaurants (Instead of Delivery Apps) When You Order In

A few extra clicks can mean the restaurant pays about a 10 percent commission—instead of 15 to 30 percent.

05/14/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Ate List

When Seattle Restaurants Reopen, They're Gonna Need Your Personal Info

New guidelines for restaurants reopening in other Washington counties give us a glimpse of what's to come.

05/12/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Oeno Files

Bar Ferdinand Will Become a Wine Bar Called Light Sleeper

Even amid all this, three somms and a chef with a hell of a bar pedigree remake Matt Dillon's former restaurant in Chophouse Row.

05/11/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Roadie Rally

Can Washington's New To-Go Cocktail Law Save Seattle's Bars?

We can finally get pre-mixed delivery daiquiris and takeout martinis, but they come with more than a garnish.

05/07/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Farewell and Thank You

Updated: Mike Easton On His Decision to Close Il Corvo

Seattle won't soon forget this Pioneer Square pasta shop. But the reasons behind its farewell span grief, loss, and simple economics.

05/06/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Stay Home, Slay Hangovers

Seattle's Brunch Obsession Lives On—As Takeout

Yes, this includes lots of mimosa and bloody mary kits.

05/01/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Lutong Bahay

Melissa Miranda Reopens Musang for Takeout

Like so many other chefs, Miranda's looking at what comes next. In her case, it's a new, carefully constructed to-go menu that begins May 6.

04/28/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Winner Takes All

Canlis's Next Pivot—Virtual Bingo Hall

The restaurant will livestream a bingo game every Friday night.

04/17/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Reinvented Retail

Restaurants across the City Assume a New Identity: Neighborhood Market

Some of our favorite dining rooms now supply customers with everything from paper towels to pate.

04/16/2020 By Allecia Vermillion