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.

Withstand and Deliver

How Three Seattle Restaurants Reinvented Delivery

Their survival—and our dining future—just might hinge on bringing dinner to your door. Here’s how three local spots are making that work.

09/17/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Beacon Hill Neighborhood Guide

Where to Eat (and Drink) on Beacon Hill

This corner of the city takes tacos and pizza as seriously as its higher-end dining.

09/16/2020 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff

Food News

The Week in Five Bites, from Burrito Woes to a Barbecue–Fried Chicken Collab

Oh, and call first before you go anywhere to get food. These are crazy, smoky times.

09/14/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Swerves

The New Il Nido Opens for Reservations

Mike Easton made his name on casual pasta lunches. Now, he's writing a blueprint for how fine dining might work in the colder era of Covid.

09/10/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Field Notes

Westward's Waterfront Patio Arrived Just When We Needed It

The Adirondack chairs are gone, at least for now, but Renee Erickson makes one of the city’s great waterfront hangouts feel new again.

09/10/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Food News

The Week in Five Bites, from Spicy Noodles to a Breakfast Popup

Also: Get thee to Tukwila, stat.

09/08/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

'Cue Answered

Boy, Does Seattle Need Barbecue Right Now

The city’s best spots for low and slow smoked comfort.

09/03/2020 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff Photography by Amber Fouts

Food News

The Week in Five Bites, from Visiting Bread at Joule to Tako Truk's Resurrection

A crop of rad outdoor dining setups arrive just in time for late summer.

08/31/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Summer of Alfresco

Check Out These New Seattle Street Patios

Makeshift though they might be, the pandemic-induced outdoor dining spaces keep getting bigger—and better.

08/28/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Brain Freeze

Welcome to the Late Summer of the Adult Otter Pop

No, not adult like “racy content.” Adult like filled with tequila.

08/27/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Food News

The Week in Five Bites, from Pizza News to Fantastical Fremont Biscuits

A new owner for Via Trib, and a new location for Bounty Kitchen.

08/17/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Dining Guide

A Field Guide to Seattle Bagels

Griping about our city’s bagel scene is officially passe.

08/13/2020 By Adam H. Callaghan and Allecia Vermillion Photography by Carlton Canary

Side Hustles

A Chef's Pivot Inspired These Fancy Backyard Grills

In case you wanted to level up from that Big Green Egg.

08/11/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Food News

The Week in Five Bites, from Legit Bagels to Boozy Otter Pops

Rubinstein Bagels divulges its brick-and-mortar shop, and Salare reopens with takeout, Jamaican fare, and even kids meals.

08/10/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Crustacean Crush

Local Tide Brings Crab Rolls and Shrimp Toast to Fremont

A Pike Place Market popup finds stylish new digs.

08/05/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Field Notes

West Seattle's Grillbird Revisits Seattle’s Teriyaki Traditions

A former Pizza Hut enters a stylish future built on char-grilled chicken.

08/05/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Editor’s Note

Dinner and a Pandemic: Saluting Adaptation in an Irrepressible Seattle

Traditional restaurant odes may be on pause—but our July/August issue is an ode to the city.

08/04/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Resilient Seattle

How a Group of Chef Buddies Joined Forces to Feed Seattle’s Food Insecure

Chef Melissa Miranda says Seattle Community Kitchen Collective will dish up free meals as part of the new normal.

08/04/2020 Edited by Allecia Vermillion By Melissa Miranda

Food News

The Week in Five Bites August 3–9

The Whale Wins debuts its new persona, and two of Seattle's best restaurants set up a temporary Pike Place Market patio.

08/03/2020 By Allecia Vermillion