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 Picks

Seattle's 100 Best Restaurants Right Now

From the finest of dining to worthwhile holes in the wall, and all points in-between.

09/10/2019 By Seattle Met Staff

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Have Axes, Need Beer and Little Big Burgers

Five dining developments on our radar this week.

06/14/2019 By Philip Kiefer

Sales & Events

Wear What When March 18–24

This week: Spring sales crop up from Beacon Hill to Capitol Hill.

03/18/2019 By Elizabeth Podlesnik

Sponsored Content

Celebrate the Holidays in the Willamette Valley’s Dundee Hills

Winemaker’s dinners, sparkling wine parties, and artisan shopping make for unforgettable winter weekends.

11/30/2018

Seattle City Light

Auditor Will Investigate Seattle City Light Billing Practices

The audit follows "numerous" complaints from customers and a request from Seattle council member Teresa Mosqueda.

09/12/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Last Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: City Light, Teachers Strike, and Paul Allen

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

09/04/2018 By Grace Madigan

Food & Drink

Nosh Pit Weekly Planner August 1–7

Get your hops on at Lucky Envelope Brewing, head to Montana bar for a bagel popup, and try some St. Louis barbecue at Delancey.

08/01/2018 By Grace Madigan

Lawn Songs

Summer Outdoor Concert Guide 2018

Ed Sheeran, Sylvan Esso, Weezer, the Temptations, Tacocat (three times), and so many more.

05/30/2018 By Stefan Milne

Murray Allegations

Former Foster Son, the First Accuser, Sues Murray and the City

The complaint alleged defamation and slander, accusing Murray of abusing his power and city officials of "reckless disregard for the truth."

05/04/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Top 10

Top 10 Stories: Trump’s Tariffs, Right to Camp, Property Tax Cut

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

03/09/2018 By Araz Hachadourian

Fossil Fuels

Seattle Activist Who Shut Off Keystone Pipeline Sentenced to One Year in Prison

Michael Foster traveled to North Dakota in October 2016 to protest the pipeline by turning off one of the valves.

02/06/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Critic's Picks

20 Date-Night Dining Destinations

Places to woo soul mates and Tinder matches alike.

02/06/2018 By Seattle Met Staff

2017 Election

Ex-City Council Candidate Faces Criminal Charges in Voucher Program

City attorney Pete Holmes filed charges against Sheley Secrest on Wednesday.

02/01/2018 By Hayat Norimine

Best of Seattle Met

Seattle Met's 6 Most-Read Stories of 2017

From avalanches to growing up Muslim in rural Washington to the surprising origins of a mall-food mainstay, these were our most popular long-form articles of 2017.

12/19/2017 By Seattle Met Staff

Editor's Note

From the Editor: Patriot Game

To stand or to kneel?

12/19/2017 By James Ross Gardner

Tipless in Seattle

How 3 Seattle Businesses Are Grappling with Tipping

Following the minimum wage hike, service charges have popped up in restaurants all over the city. But Optimism Brewery, Ada's Technical Books and Cafe, and S...

12/04/2017 By Jaime Archer

Mayor's Office

Seattle City Light CEO Resigns

Mayor Jenny Durkan said the city will be looking to overcome challenges at City Light, "from billing to the workplace environment."

12/04/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Culture Fix

Things to Do After Work: December 4–8

Seattle Art Museum curates color to remedy the gray season, Seattle-based author Anca Szilágyi debuts her first novel, and experimental filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky presents 'Seasonal Songs.'

12/04/2017 By Isabel Boutiette

Opening Dispatch

Mercato Stellina and Chávez Cozy Up in a New Pike Place Space

This Friday, December 1, the neighboring restaurants bring fresh pasta and seafood-centric Mexican cuisine to the market.

11/30/2017 By Jaime Archer