Allecia Vermillion has spent a decade at Seattle Met, arriving as food and drink editor, and expanding her role over the years. She served as the magazine’s editor in chief until moving into a newly created executive editor role in 2021.

She spearheads Seattle Met’s food and drink coverage and oversees home design content. Allecia’s writing has earned her multiple journalism awards and two James Beard Award nominations over the years. A native of Portland, Oregon, Allecia began her writing life as a newspaper reporter in the Chicago suburbs before making a grateful return to the Pacific Northwest. 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 children.

52 Weekends

A Year of Family Activities

The best indoor and outdoor family activities around–the Lego Awesome Exhibit, the Museum of Flight, and the best playgrounds, parks, and kids menus.

01/07/2022 By Angela Cabotaje, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams Illustrations by Mike Holm

Another Weird Year in Review

The Best Things I Ate This Year

2021 was a very good year…for crab pizza, catfish and grits from Communion, smoked porterhouse from Bourbon Steak, and many a carb-y delight.

12/31/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Seattle in the Movies

Harry and the Hendersons: A Seattle Bigfoot Bromance

Is this piece of Sasquatch cinema a true Seattle movie? We investigate.

12/30/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Sadness

Seattle Restaurants We Lost in 2021

Opus Co. in Phinney Ridge, Aviv Shawarma Bar in South Lake Union, Fremont standby Vif, Columbia City's El Sombrero–we bid them all farewell this year.

12/28/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Frites Farewell

Cafe Presse Announces Its Final Few Months

One of Seattle's loveliest hangouts is planning to close permanently in the new year.

12/20/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Merry and Bright

How a Christmas Song with Washington Roots Changed America

Eighty years ago this week, Spokane native Bing Crosby debuted the world’s most popular Christmas song. And pretty much nobody noticed.

12/20/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Meat Mourning

Get to the Shambles While You Can

Get to this under-heralded haven of meat and beer before the restaurant shutters for good in December 2021.

12/15/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Sound Decisions

The Best Seafood in Seattle

Where to find the oysters, the crab rolls, and the sustainably sourced delicacies that define our waterbound town.

12/14/2021 By Allecia Vermillion and Seattle Met Staff

Power Players

100 of the Most Influential People in Seattle

Our full list of politicians, chefs, scientists, athletes, housing advocates, and other local leaders who made the cut in 2021.

12/09/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams

Power Players

The Most Influential Seattleites

From inclusive outfits to life-saving discoveries, no one can doubt this group’s clout manifests in the essential elements of our city.

12/09/2021 By Angela Cabotaje, Benjamin Cassidy, Sophie Grossman, Zoe Sayler, Allecia Vermillion, and Allison Williams

Opening Dispatch

Jack’s BBQ Spinoff Jackalope Arrives in Columbia City

Its namesake may be mythical , but the impending Tex-Mex restaurant from one of Seattle's best barbecue joints is very much a real thing.

12/09/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Power Players

10 of the Most Influential People in Seattle Food and Drink

Shota Nakajima, Mark and Brian Canlis–the chefs, wine pros, and powerhouse cookbook authors who shape Seattle's bar and restaurant landscape.

12/09/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

From Biscuits to Bagels

A Baker’s Dozen of Exceptional Breakfast Sandwiches

From vegan to chorizo, plus bagels, waffles, and so many english muffins.

12/07/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Deep Dish Dynamo

West of Chicago Pizza Co. Graduates from Takeout to Full-On Restaurant

West of Chicago Pizza Co.'s dining room in West Seattle will also offer thin crust tavern-style pies, Italian beef sandwiches, and in-house delivery.

12/03/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Best New Restaurants 2021

Communion: Our Restaurant of the Year

Chef Kristi Brown is a force in Seattle's food scene, and her Central District restaurant is home to more than just innovative soul food.

12/02/2021 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Habitat

Sundaes and Swear Words Star in a Madrona Home’s Colorful Art Collection

Lauren Essl’s art collection brings color to her home’s neutral palate.

11/29/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Field Notes

The Pastry Case's Next Chapter

A pair of Canlis alums bring new life, a cookie for the ages, and a classic bacon-egg-cheese to a neighborhood cornerstone.

11/22/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

November Is for New Bars, Fried Chicken, and One Fancy New Grocer

Meet five cool spots that just opened in Seattle.

11/19/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

Opening Dispatch

Ba Bar Opens Vegan Walk-Up, Ba Bar Green, in South Lake Union

The takeout window goes beyond Vietnamese fare with plant-based dishes from across Southeast Asia.

11/12/2021 By Allecia Vermillion

The Buzz

The Espresso Martini: Still All That and a Bag of Chips

Has this classic ’90s cocktail ever really gone out of style? Or is it experiencing a comeback?

11/12/2021 By Allecia Vermillion