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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Not So Ugly Betty

Queen Anne restaurant Betty offers simple modern decor and steak frites to die for.

12/08/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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By the Dock of the Bay

Sixty years ago along the docks of Shilshole Bay, Ray Lichtenberger began selling coffee out of his bait shop and boat-rental outfit. Into the sky he raised a huge red neon sign, flashing RAY’S, and through the 1950s and ’60s that sign came to represent a

12/06/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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Surrogate Hangout

The Volunteer Park Cafe fills in where a long-gone Capitol Hill favorite left off.

12/04/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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Urban Pasta Party

At Belltown’s newest hot spot, Tavolata, the chef is working out the twists in the strozzapretti.

12/03/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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People Who Need Purple

Downtown’s newest hot spot delivers what the people want to eat.

11/07/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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Mona’s Makeover

If a restaurant could express the soul of a city, Washington, DC, would be a chophouse for deal makers; New York City a four-alarm ethnic mom ’n’ pop. Seattle? I’ll vote neighborhood bistro, effortlessly swanky and crammed with regulars, where food and dr

11/05/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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Foodie Studio

The daily innovations of Sitka & Spruce.

11/02/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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Toastest With the Mostest

Man, I love eating out in this town. Surprises happen here every day. A known restaurant graveyard will suddenly yield a winner. A competitive local press will sniff out the most dazzling independents. A flourishing restaurant scene consistently incubates

11/01/2008 By Kathryn Robinson

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Formality Check

Portage brings classic Continental fare to Queen Anne Hill.


12/02/2006 By Kathryn Robinson

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World’s Fare

26 Ways to Think Globally, Eat Locally

05/09/2006 By Kathryn Robinson With Eric Scigliano, Nate Lippens, and Bridget Budhill