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.

Big Witch Energy

Juicebox's Successor, Glinda Wine Shop, Alights on 12th Ave

Next year, hopefully, Glinda will also become a wine bar.

10/16/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Field Notes

Off Alley in Columbia City Is Gutsy in Every Way

A popular popup is now a wee restaurant in Columbia City; and it's about way more than offal.

10/15/2020 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Amber Fouts

Food News

The Week in Five Bites, from Tom Douglas's West Wing Menu to a Chengdu Sensation

Plus, doughnuts, beer, and wings (though sadly not in the same place).

10/12/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Field Notes

Azuki, a House of Handmade Udon, Hides in Madison Valley

This newcomer noodle shop deserves your attention.

10/01/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Higher Education

Canlis's Next Identity: Unconventional Community College

Sometimes restaurant survival plans involve leg warmers, boxed wine, Space Needle field trips, and a weekly Canlis Kids Animal Adventure show.

09/29/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Food News

The Week in Five Bites, from Dancing Noodles to Smash Burgers

Plus, fancy rooftop patio dinners and secret Filipino menus.

09/28/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

No Chill

Musang Debuts a Cold-Weather Patio Plan

Pile on the blankets—and maybe take one home.

09/23/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Taking the Heat

Seattle's Masked Cooks: We Thank You

Something to consider next time you grab takeout.

09/22/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Food News

The Week in Five Bites, from a New Hello Robin to a Dick's Takeover

Plus, a new identity for Ethan Stowell's Staple and Fancy.

09/21/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

Yessssss

Shake Shack Is Now Open at University Village

Finally, some good news. Shake Shack's third Seattle-area location is now open for burger business.

09/17/2020 By Allecia Vermillion

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