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

Anthony’s Shilshole Is Closing

And what it tells us about Seattle.

03/14/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

How Is Culture Club Cheese Bar?

Particularly great for the next 10 days, as it happens.

03/10/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Restaurants That Perfectly Reflect Their Neighborhoods

Where does Fremont seem most like Fremont? Which restaurant embodies the soul of SLU? You get the idea.

03/07/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

10 Years That Changed a City

2007: Kindle Takes Books Digital

It hit the market in November 2007 and sold out in five hours. And why on earth wouldn’t it?

03/04/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

10 Years That Changed a City

2006: Ehren Watada Fights Deployment

Plus the Seahawks' first Super Bowl appearance and the deadly Hanukkah Eve Wind Storm.

03/04/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Wanted: Seattle’s Hottest Young Chefs

It’s that time of year again, people.

03/03/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

The Decade In Dining

The Rise of the Restaurant Empire

Tom Douglas, Ethan Stowell, Matt Dillon—they all have one. What the emergence of the chef-driven restaurant group says about Seattle's restaurant culture.

03/03/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Dining Out

6 Great Latin Restaurants in Seattle

South-of-the-border cuisines, or food inspired by them, shine in these commendable spots around town.

03/02/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

Here's How to Vote, Kid

A mom writes her daughter on the occasion of her first election.

03/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Neighborhood Hot Spot

Review: Culture Club Cheese Bar on Capitol Hill

The hill's new cheese bar feeds our wintriest craving.

03/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Bone Broth and Harmony

Restaurant Review: Eve

The Fremont newcomer lets its freekeh flag fly.

03/01/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

March Is Portland Dining Month

Been considering a food weekend in our gastronomically glorious neighbor to the south? Tomorrow kicks off the best month for it.

02/29/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Insider’s Guide to Dine Around Seattle, Spring 2016

Seattle’s twice-yearly resto-fest starts up March 6. To do it right, some planning is in order.

02/25/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Why Did Canal Market Close?

Turns out there is something harder than finding parking on Capitol Hill: running an upscale food business in a residential neighborhood.

02/22/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Healthy Restaurant App Tasteful Comes to a Phone Near You

Craving paleo tonight? They got you.

02/18/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Why Can’t Terrific Fish and Chips Make it in Seattle?

The closure of Pike Street Fish Fry and Chippy’s delivers a one-two punch to lovers of the low-end-done-highbrow indulgence.

02/16/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Is There a More Inspiring Seattle Restaurant Than This?

A few numbers from the noblest operation downtown.

02/11/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Restaurants for Romance

We’re calling February National Atmo Month. Eat somewhere lovely.

02/08/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle’s Best Pizza Slices

Ernest Loves Agnes got me thinking.

02/04/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Of The City

11 Restaurants with Great Atmospheres

In honor of Valentine’s Day, some dining rooms worthy of an amorous liaison.

02/03/2016 By Kathryn Robinson