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.

POURS

Miro Tea

01/04/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

NEIGHBORHOOD HOT SPOT

La Rustica

01/04/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

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Spark, Pickle, Toss. Repeat.

Wallingford’s Joule dares diners to travel the world without a map.

01/04/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

SCENE

Teatro Zinzanni

01/04/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

NEIGHBORHOOD HOT SPOT

Boom Noodle

01/04/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

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Hotel California

Farm-fresh feasts heat up the new restaurant at the Heathman Hotel in Kirkland.

01/03/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

Neighborhood Hot Spot

Zayda Buddy’s Pizza and Bar

01/03/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

Article

Seattle Alfresco

45 ways to hit the deck—and the dock, the courtyard, and the sidewalk just in time for outdoor dining season.

01/03/2009 By Kathryn Robinson With Jena Vuylsteke

POURS

Studio 1000

01/03/2009 By Kathryn Robinson

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Best of the City 2008

Faced with a place that is busting with “bests,” how do we choose what’s the Best of the City? We focus on the new and the newly discovered—183 shops and services, activities and eateries that offer fresh, exciting viewpoints on the city and force us to d

12/28/2008 With Steve Wiecking, Kathryn Robinson, James Ross Gardner, Leah Finn, Laura Cassidy, Ben Schock, Stefan Durham, Christopher Werner, Roger Brooks, Lee Fehrenbacher, Rachelle Robinett, Sarah Anderson, Kelly Huffman, Erin Pursell, Laura Peach, and Wilson Diehl Edited by Jessica Voelker

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Early Game Plan

The proactive Seattleite’s* guide to enjoying a super-sliding, high-flying, great-dining time at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. * Yes, we know you’re already proactive, but this isn’t standing in line for the latest cellphone. This is t

12/23/2008 By Kathryn Robinson and James Ross Gardner

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The Restaurants that Changed the Way We Eat

Restaurants open, restaurants close—but once in a great while a restaurant comes along that’s so influential it changes its city forever.

12/17/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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Rocky Mountain Express

Wake up to Nordic skiing and trainspotting in Essex, Montana, after a sleeper car slumber party.

12/15/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

SNAPSHOTS IN SERVICE 2008

Crouching Waiter, Hidden Chef

12/13/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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2008 Best New Restaurants

IT WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE YEAR OF SMALL PLATES AND GASTROPUBS, healthy food and simple food, tiny restaurants and unrestaurants, Wallingford and Capitol Hill—and, oh yes, pasta.

12/13/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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Paris on 12th Avenue

French restaurant Café Presse is a haven of authentic café society flourishing on Capitol Hill.

12/09/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

INTRODUCING…

Anita’s Crêpes

12/09/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

Watering Hole

Bin Vivant

12/09/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

Neighborhood Hot Spot

Bistro Turkuaz

12/09/2008 By Kathryn Robinson