Senior Writer

Seattle native Kathryn Robinson, award-winning restaurant critic and senior writer at Seattle Met, has been anonymously reviewing restaurants for over 30 years—first as editor of the Best Places guidebook series, then as staff critic at Seattle Weekly and contributing critic at The Seattle Times and Seattle magazine. 

Midcareer she spent a year-long sabbatical studying comparative religion as a Knight Fellow at Stanford University where she had been an undergrad 10 years earlier, gaining a knowledge base she now calls upon for her monthly “Back Fence” column on our collective urban existence and the meaning it holds for our personal lives. In her off hours she is a partner and a parent—which means she has no off hours.

Critic's Notebook

The Restaurant Fix That Could Instantly Boost Ratings 

The one restaurant fix that could instantly do it. If only restaurants knew it.

04/24/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

5 Great Reasons to Dine Out on Thursday

(They’re really great reasons.)

04/20/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Restaurant Review

Circadia Is Downtown Seattle's New Palace of Posh

Chef Garrett Melkonian is an eager innovator inside the kitchen of one of Seattle’s grandest restaurant spaces.

04/18/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

10 Tremendous Seattle Pretzels

Danger: Knots ahead.

04/17/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Essay

I Took a Course on How to Survive a Mass Shooting

Office life will never look the same.

04/17/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Very Best Sushi in Seattle

We have a deep bench of great sushi in Seattle, with something for everyone.

04/13/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Deborah Madison Comes to the Corson Building

The standard-bearer of vegetarian cooking is coming to Seattle to peddle her new book—and to cook for us. 

04/10/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Here Are Seattle’s 10 Great Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

One at a time now, people.

04/06/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Southpaw Pizza Introduces Monday Craft Night

But keep that glue gun holstered there, Martha.

04/03/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Restaurants That Serve What Most People Most Want to Eat

In Seattle, believe it or not…it’s kind of a rare business plan.

03/30/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Meet the Saloon, Mount Baker’s New Cocktail Hangout

Brought to you by the owners of the Feed Store, Mount Baker’s growing everything-else hangout.

03/27/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

11 Stunning Seattle Salads

Because welcome to grazing season.

03/23/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: April 2017

This month’s favorites: superlative barbecue, pineapple soft serve, and Japanese curry by way of LA.

03/20/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Are Women Better Chefs Than Men?

Seattle chefs (bravely) address this question, right here.

03/20/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

Seattle Kids v. Climate Change

Meet the kids who may be our best shot against global warming.

03/20/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Trend

Thackeray Knows How to Please a Crowd

The Wallingford newcomer is just the latest evidence that Heavy Restaurant Group knows how people actually want to eat.

03/20/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Service Included vs. Tipping at Circadia

A national conversation goes local.

03/16/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Zach Geballe Launches a Wine Tasting Popup at Bite Box

Wine neophytes and other unpretentious drinkers, meet Disgorged.

03/13/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Barrio Folks to Open Mexican Restaurant in Wallingford

Heavy Restaurant Group is growing heavier by the day.

03/08/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Who Is Downtown Seattle’s New Diner?

Seattle’s high-tech boom is not just changing who we are—it’s changing how we eat.

03/06/2017 By Kathryn Robinson