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.


Baby Got Back Pain

A strain in the brain can cause a pain in the back.

01/14/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Best Asian Restaurants: Northwest By Far East

The many and varied cuisines of Asia have enlightened and defined the Northwest palate more than any other ethnic influence. Here, the 45 best Asian restaurants representing 14 cuisines, and the six most authentic Asian restaurant experiences in Seattle.

01/14/2011 Edited by Kathryn Robinson With Eric Scigliano, Jessica Voelker, Christopher Werner, and Laura Dannen

You got something better to do this Saturday morning?

Revel Launches Weekend Brunch

Last weekend was the new Fremont Asian street-food sensation’s inaugural morning meal…and we are hearing nothing but luuuuv.

01/12/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Building a Better Burger

The latest in the happy boomlet of Pioneer Square luncheries, BuiltBurger is a tidy, minimalist burger joint with a laudable schtick: fixins ground up inside the meat.

01/12/2011 By Kathryn Robinson


Dine Out Vancouver Starts January 24

And it should be on every Seattle food-lover’s calendar.

01/10/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Duck pizza?

Watch Bowl Championship Series Football Game at Tutta Bella

Auburn + Oregon Ducks + Neapolitan Margherita pizza + beer that’s actually good = what to do next Monday night.

01/05/2011 By Kathryn Robinson

Year in Review

Five Most Exciting Restaurant Openings of 2010

Say what you will about the year just expiring…it was a stunner for restaurants.

12/29/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


What Are You Doing Christmas Eve?

Mind if we offer a few dining suggestions?

12/20/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Clam Dips

Urban refugees discover shellfish pleasures in the pristine wilds of the Long Beach Peninsula.

12/17/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Joints: Travelers Tea Bar and Cafe

Seattle has lousy Indian food, right? Duck into Travelers Tea Bar and Cafe on Capitol Hill and watch that conventional wisdom go mano a mano with fragrant lentil soups; pan-fried, paneer-stuffed paratha flat breads, and some of the most interesting vegeta

12/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


They’re Rolling Out the Chocolate Buffet at Art

A spread of chocolate wickedness every afternoon til Christmas

12/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Happy Hour with Benefits

Overindulged last month? Shocking. You don’t have to give up all your sin to put a little penance into January; just check out a few of the healthier happy hours at Carmelita, Elliott’s Oyster House, La Carta de Oaxaca, Liberty, and Poppy.

12/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Greatness Visible

Queen Anne restaurant The Book Bindery soars with meat, potatoes, and je ne sais quoi.

12/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Lice and Easy

We’ve got head lice! Now what?

12/13/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Hospitality Chronicles

Deadline Dining

Latest trend in restaurants: A table with a time limit.

12/13/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Talk of Pioneer Square

Built Burger Open Late Tomorrow

So you can have the burger of your dreams for dinner…and park free.

12/08/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Dept. of Just What You've Always Wanted

An Entire Chicken Dinner on a Pizza

Compliments of Zaw.

12/06/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Gingerbread House Decorating with Lisa Dupar

She’s our very own Martha Stewart, people. Come learn from her pastry team.

12/01/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Free Food at Cutter’s Bayhouse

All it takes is…

11/29/2010 By Kathryn Robinson