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

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

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

Critic's Notebook

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