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.


Rattus Rattus

The good news: A house can be rodent-proofed. Almost.

03/14/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Destination Dinner House

At Cormac Mahoney’s new restaurant, Madison Park Conservatory, flavors collide in the best possible way.

03/14/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Pick-Quick Opens in Auburn

The pride of Fife inches those legendary burgers just a leeeeettle bit closer to Seattle.

03/07/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Dining Out

Downtown Restaurants with Free Parking

Yes, they exist. No, there aren’t many.

03/02/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Dine Around Seattle Starts Tomorrow

Three courses for $30, all March long.

02/28/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Is the Era of the Anonymous Restaurant Critic History?

A few Seattle restaurateurs weigh in.

02/23/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


New York Times Food Writer Mark Bittman to Speak at Sleeping Lady Resort in Leavenworth

Lecture tix + overnight accommodations in Leavenworth = one great April evening.

02/21/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

What to eat now

Alaskan King Crab Tails at Elliott’s This Month

Yeah, crab tails. Lobster’s firmer little brother.

02/16/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Occasions: Piety

The next big thing in desserts is pie, and it’s here, and it’s hot, and here’s where to get it: A la Mode Pies, Dahlia Bakery, High 5 Pie, Macrina, Pie, Seattle Pie Company, and Shoofly Pie Co.

02/16/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Neighborhood Hot Spot: St. Dames

It’s vegetarian (even vegan and/or gluten free), situated in a South End public housing project, and owned by lesbians who renounce high fructose corn syrup. When some comedian creates a TV spoof called Seattleiana, it will undoubtedly be set at St. Dam

02/16/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


A Meaty Love Song

Matt Janke’s downtown restaurant Lecosho is a porkophile’s paradise—and much more.

02/16/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


The Carnivore’s Dilemma

My daughter’s vegetarianism must be stopped!

02/15/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Hearty dinners

The Restaurants You Love

Surprising stats on where the Valentines are going…and who they’d like to go with.

02/14/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

New Restaurants

Kanape Open on Capitol Hill

A surge of restaurant energy lights up Broadway and environs.

02/09/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Restaurants Staffed by Sweethearts

We all have ’em…restaurants we just know will make us feel good. Here are some places where a heaping side order of cheer comes free of charge.

02/07/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Yo, sportsfans

Free Chipotle Burritos on Superbowl Sunday

Healthy and sustainable or greasy and mass-produced? Time to rethink football food.

02/02/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Hey! A reason to go to a Mariners Game!

Ethan Stowell Food Comes to Safeco Field

Buy me some authentic Parisian crepes and Cracker Jack…

01/31/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Munchbar Opens in Bellevue

This Friday night, Bellevue Square goes just a little more Vegas.

01/26/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Seattle Restaurants Kids Love

The critic (er, the critic’s daughter) answers one of her most oft-asked questions

01/24/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Dinner Series

Nell’s Chef’s Tribute Dinner Series Lineup Announced

Savor the timeless creations of some of history’s beloved chefs

01/19/2011 By Kathryn Robinson