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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Stopsky’s Deli Brings Bagels and More to Mercer Island

Stopsky’s Deli, a Northwest-fresh rendition of a Jewish deli in Mercer Island’s burgeoning commercial district.

08/19/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Skillet Goes All Bricks, Mortar, and Bacon Jam

Skillet, the Airstream trailer that kicked off our food truck obsession opens permanently on Capitol Hill with Skillet Diner.

08/19/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

When Service Is So Good, It’s Bad

It’s not easy for floor staff to hit the right sweet spot.

08/15/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic’s Notebook

Trend of the Week: Purches

Is this a new design/utility trend or have I just been staring so hard at my food I haven’t much cared what my purse was up to?

08/08/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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The Bully Backlash

Just asking: When is bullying in the eye of the beholder?

07/22/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Tom Douglas’s New South Lake Union Empire

Tom Douglas, our biggest restaurateur, has colonized Seattle’s Amazon environs with a vengeance, but how’s a diner supposed to keep all those new restaurants (Brave Horse Tavern, Serious Pie, Dahlia Workshop, Ting Momo) straight? Lucky you have us.

07/22/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Cuoco, Seattle’s Newest Tom Douglas Joint

Tom Douglas’s new South Lake Union restaurant Cuoco serves fresh pasta and some old familiar feelings.

07/22/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Dr. Deisher’s Stem Cell Crusade

When pro-life biotechnologist Tracy Deisher sued to halt federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, it rocked the biotech universe. What’s driving the Seattle researcher to kill the promise of medicine’s greatest hope — Catholicism

07/22/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Alfresco Pick: Osteria La Spiga

A lot of people adored the rustic La Spiga on Broadway, and a lot of people adore its sprawling replacement on 12th. They just aren’t the same people

06/24/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Alfresco Pick: Sambar

Sharing a kitchen—but not an aesthetic—with the French restaurant Le Gourmand, the modish six-table Sambar next door serves up feisty little Parisian cocktails and a short list of just-the-thing noshes.

06/24/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Seattle’s Love-Hate Relationship with July

Let’s get this straight: Seattleites go a little nuts in July.

06/24/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Golden Beetle’s Glorious Mediterranean Food

Ballard restaurant Golden Beetle showcases the stunning cooking of Tilth chef Maria Hines. It just may not feel like it.

06/24/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Local’s Guide to the Pike Place Market: Critic’s Market

Dining picks from Seattle Met’s restaurant reviewer: Café Campagne, Chez Shea, Le Pichet, Matt’s in the Market, Steelhead Diner, and The Virginia Inn.

05/20/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Almost Home

From Melinda Sontgerath, owner of Vashon Island’s Hardware Store, comes University Village restaurant 50 North, where the food is homey, nutritious, and really, really good. The neighbors love it.

05/20/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Neighborhood Hot Spots: Le Grand Bistro Américain and Milagro Cantina

Yet another sweet sign of a recovering economy: the return of the big, themey destination restaurant. Two have opened in Kirkland: Le Grand Bistro Américain and Milagro Cantina.

05/20/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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No-Brainer

If cyclists were meant to wear helmets, would they have been born with thicker skulls?

05/20/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Street Food Heaven

Revel claims a spot at the center of the fusion universe in Seattle’s Fremont district.

04/22/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Freaked About Freak Dancing

The chaperone at the middle school dance gets freaked over freak dancing.

04/22/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Northwest, Vegas Style

A review of two Vegas inspired dinner and dance venues, Munchbar and PNK.

04/22/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

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Fun in a Bun

Another spring, another bumper crop of burger joints. How to tell Bent Burgers, BuiltBurger, Dope Burger, Lunchbox Laboratory, and Uneeda Burger apart? Why, our handy burger chart of course!

03/18/2011 By Kathryn Robinson