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

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

Critic's Notebook

What Are Seattle's Most Hygge Restaurants?

(And um...what's hygge?)

03/02/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

J. J. Proville’s Long, Winding Road to L’Oursin

The art, science, and magic of opening a restaurant…

02/28/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Popup of Our Dreams: Kamonegi x Chan

In which the Japanese chef adds the Korean, the Korean chef adds the Japanese…and dungeness crab chawanmushi with chogochujang happens.

02/23/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

FareStart Gets Big Boost from Amazon

And perhaps…from you.

02/21/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Eat Here Now

7 Taquerias We Love

These places aren’t fancy—but man, those tacos.

02/20/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: March 2017

This month’s favorites: all things melted cheese, from Swiss-style raclette to a quesadilla full of smoky intrigue.

02/20/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson

Review

L’Oursin Brings French Seafood—and French Sensibilities—To the Central District

A hit of Paris here in Seattle, J.J. Proville's new L’Oursin glows with pendant lights and Parisian signs.

02/20/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

Is Hygge, the Danish Coziness Trend, Just Another Word for…Seattle?

The untranslatable term shortlisted for Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year feels like it may as well have been invented right here.

02/20/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

So You Think You Know Anthony Bourdain? Meet Him for Real.

In a revealing New Yorker profile.

02/16/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

So Are the New Restaurant Food Safety Ratings Good for Anything?

Lots of beefing about what those new window decals actually signify. We decode.

02/13/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Joy of Smaller Portions

Because sometimes just enough is just enough.

02/09/2017 By Kathryn Robinson