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.

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Artusi’s Italian Mashup

Italian aperitifs are central to the identity of Capitol Hill bar Artusi but don’t short the culinary program.

12/23/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Red Mill Totem House Wows Ballard

Red Mill’s new Ballard restaurant marks the burger chainlet’s first foray into fish-and-chips.

12/23/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Restaurant Review

Copperleaf Brings Fine Northwest Dining to SeaTac

At SeaTac restaurant Copperleaf, farm-to-table cooking is more than just a marketing shtick.

12/23/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

New Year’s Eve Dinners

It’s on a Saturday this year, people. Eat out for goodness sake.

12/19/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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College Application Angst

Parents: It’s college application essay season. Do you know where your neuroses are?

12/16/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Gettin’ Piggy With It

Seattle restaurateurs love naming their establishments after animals—but one beast tops them all.

12/05/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Social Awkwardness of Small-Plate Dining

Who wants delicate bite negotiations on a business dinner?

11/28/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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The Fake Fir Tree Alternative

O Christmas tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging.

11/23/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Seattle’s Best Holiday Cookies

Seattle’s best holiday cookies come courtesy Belle Epicurean, Cafe Besalu, Columbia City Bakery, and more.

11/22/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Restaurant RN74 Feels Kinda French

With RN74, big-name restaurateur Michael Mina brings his concepts to downtown Seattle.

11/22/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Latest Trend in Restaurant Menus: Listing the Staff

First it was the farm. Then it was the name of the fisherman. Now it’s the name of the dude who’s schlepping your plate.

11/21/2011 By Kathryn Robinson