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

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

Critic's Notebook

Pssst: The Secret Restaurant Critic Trick for Getting the Very Best Food in Restaurants

No, it’s not “Call ahead and tell ‘em I’m coming.”

02/06/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Jason Wilson and El Gaucho to Partner

Can you say “match-made-in-heaven”?

02/02/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

2 Tacos That Will Make Your World Better

We gotcha covered. One for breakfast, one for lunch.

01/30/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

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Game On at FlintCreek Cattle Co.

"Americans are so stuck on the cow."

01/26/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: February 2017

This month’s favorites: bulgogi-stuffed banh mi, mind-blowing biscuits, and a cappuccino made with Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

01/24/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle’s 7 Most Sumptuous Pies

Where to find the dessert that loves you back.

01/23/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Restaurants

Review: FlintCreek's Got Game

Even the offbeat meats taste great at Greenwood’s newest destination.

01/23/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

Loud and Proud: Girls Ellington Project Gives Voice to the Disenfranchised

Is this the year JazzEd’s all-girl band performs at Lincoln Center?

01/23/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Unusual Way Jason Stratton Conceives Mbar’s Menu

Very unconventional. Very cool.

01/19/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Guide to Giving

20 Great Nonprofits to Give to in 2017 and Beyond

In no particular order, 20 local and regional groups helping those who the new presidential administration promised policies may hurt.

01/19/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

6 Seattle Restaurants Where You Won't Need Reservations

Because spontaneous is fun.

01/12/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Got Your Robert Burns Night Plans Yet?

Tis a nicht tae ceilidh wi’ haggis an’ cullen skink, ye wee eejit.

01/09/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Pink Door Closed for "Magical" Remodel

To reopen just in time for spring.

01/03/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

My Favorite Restaurant Dishes of 2016

The 10 most unforgettable creations of the year. Holy crap, I love my job.

12/29/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

A Disneyland for Old Folks

As assisted living residences become modern and fun filled, does their new direction represent an improvement in dignity?

12/20/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Deals on Flavor

Seattle's Best Wintertime Cheap Eats

18 terrific places to give the budget a break this post-holiday season.

12/20/2016 By Kathryn Robinson and Allecia Vermillion