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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Neighborhood Hot Spot: Dot’s Delicatessen

Dot’s Delicatessen in Fremont is a charcuterie that echoes of 1940s Brooklyn.

11/21/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Artusi Chef Jason Stratton Explains the Mural

He put the art in Artusi…but should he have?

11/14/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

High-Tech Meets Good Eatin’

Restaurant gadgetry, meet Seattle.

11/07/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic’s Notebook

Trend Report: What Chefs Really Think of Foam, Food Trucks, and Foodies

For our Best Restaurants issue we asked the chefs and they answered. Boy did they answer.

10/31/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Restaurants

Seattle Best Restaurants 2011

The 25 best restaurants in Seattle right now.

10/27/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Which Seattle Restaurants Do the Chefs Most Admire?

Oh, you will be surprised.

10/24/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Michael Mina Thinks Seattle Diners Are…

You know you want to know what the bigshot San Francisco chef who made Seattle the site of his 19th restaurant, RN74, really thinks of us.

10/17/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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The Restaurant Critic, Unmasked

The critic, unmasked.

10/14/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

OpenTable Names Five Seattle Restaurants Among Its National Top 50

Same as New York, folks.

10/10/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic’s Notebook

Take the Mundane Out of Monday

Say what you will about our rough economy…it makes for some sweet Monday night restaurant specials. Check these out:

10/03/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Misleading Menus

What does "Citrus Brulee" mean to you?

09/26/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Article

NPR: No Pledge Required

I pledge to NPR, therefore I don’t feel so guilty.

09/21/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Beacon Ave’s New Food Destinations

Bar del Corso, Travelers Thali House and Tea Lounge, and Inay’s Asian Pacific Cuisine signal a culinary flowering on Beacon Hill.

09/21/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Article

Ba Bar’s Love Song to Saigon Street Food

Surprise, surprise: At Ba Bar, the Monsoon folks bring traditional Vietnamese fare to Capitol Hill.

09/21/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Restaurant Trend of the Year: A Water Bottle on Every Table

Guzzlers, take heart. Ice lovers, you’re outta luck.

09/19/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

A Tale of Two Marchés

Two Northwest chefs, two distinct French restaurants, two separate openings—one popular name.

09/12/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Gross-taurants

Between the raw food and the guts…where do normal foodies go to eat?

09/06/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Smelt Good

The little fishy is all over menus right now, fried up crisp and delish.

08/29/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Single Most Dazzling Thing a Restaurateur Can Do

Pioneer a new cuisine? Launch a star chef? Not even close.

08/22/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Unnecessary Roughness

Football season’s upon us, but it’s getting harder to watch when we know what we know about the brain.

08/19/2011 By Kathryn Robinson