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.

Profile

Michael Foster Is Defiant

The Seattle climate activist who turned off the North Dakota Keystone Pipeline gave up his livelihood, his family, and quite possibly—after the upcoming trial—his next two decades of freedom. What drives someone to risk it all?

06/05/2017 By Kathryn Robinson Photography by Mike Kane

Housing and Homelessness

7 Big Takeaways from This Year's Homeless Count

The 116-page report outlined a number of important statistics that can inform the conversation around homelessness.

06/01/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Getaway Guides

Guide to the San Juan Islands

The San Juans are Washington’s special, secluded archipelago, a tiny realm barely tucked into Puget Sound’s pocket. And they’re ripe for exploration.

05/25/2017 By Seattle Met Staff

City Hall

Council Passes "Milestone" Legislation on Police Accountability

The bill creates civilian oversight of the Seattle Police Department.

05/22/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: June 2017

This month’s favorites: Persian stews, Thai noodles, and craveable, colorful health food.

05/22/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson

News Roundup

Week in Review: End of Filing Week, New Legislation, and All Things Russian

A wrap-up of this week's news in politics.

05/19/2017 By Liz Weber

Sponsored Content

Sanctuary City Posters Now Available

We've heard your requests and are now offering limited edition posters of our special February issue cover.

05/18/2017

The Boxer Brief Rebellion

TomboyX Is Seattle's Homegrown Gender-Neutral Underwear Company

For cofounders Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez, underwear is about being as comfortable in your own skin as you are in your briefs.

05/18/2017 By Rosin Saez

Review

The Paradoxical Pleasures of White Swan Public House

From the good folks who brought us Matt’s in the Market and Radiator Whiskey comes a waterside pub (and summertime hangout) along the docks of South Lake Union, which treats seafood as robustly as Radiator treats meat.

05/18/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Rising Stars

Seattle's Next Hot Chefs 2017

Five big talents, one bright dining future.

05/16/2017 By Kathryn Robinson, Allecia Vermillion, and Rosin Saez Photography by Amber Fouts

Essay

What My Garage Sale Taught Me About the New Seattle

And why navigating neighborhood negotiations makes us better citizens.

05/15/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Cabins & Cottages

The Best Washington State Park Cabins

Some are simple, some are surprising, and all sit on public land—and that means they rent for cheap.

05/14/2017 By Allison Williams

Sponsored Content

Seattle University’s Faces of Social Justice: Stacey Robbins

The Adult Education and Training Professor Supports Learning for All

05/11/2017

Critic's Notebook

Want a Starbucks Mobile-Order Experience—Only for Dine-In Restaurants?

Meet Allset, about to launch in Seattle.

05/11/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Mayor's Race 2017

State Senator Bob Hasegawa Is Running for Mayor

State senator Bob Hasegawa is another high-profile candidate to join the race as a rumor persists Murray won't run for reelection.

05/09/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Fashion and Events

Wear What When: May 8–14

Celebrate mom this week with a handmade floral arrangement from Mercado, a spring shopping event at Herbivore Botanicals, and popups galore!

05/08/2017 By Nicole Erickson

Welcome Back

The Remodeled Pink Door Open Again for Business

Did absence make the heart grow fonder or what?

05/08/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Taco Happenings

Monica Dimas Will Open Lil' Neon Taco on First Hill

The popular Broadway taco counter begets a full-on restaurant.

05/05/2017 By Allecia Vermillion

The Weekend Starts...Now

The Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 4–7

'The Magic Flute' dazzles at McCaw Hall, Translations gives the transgender community a cinematic voice, and PJ Harvey rocks during a rare Seattle visit.

05/04/2017 By Seattle Met Staff

Critic's Notebook

Here Are Some Amazing Seattle Croissants

(And wait till you taste Bainbridge Island’s.)

05/04/2017 By Kathryn Robinson