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.

Shopping Break

Black Friday Brunch at Fresh Bistro

Bennies, Banh Xeo, and Bloody Mary’s…cuz who wants turkey this Friday?

11/24/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Gift Idea

Tom Douglas Announces Family Cooking Classes

Spotlight on nutrition

11/22/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


High Schools

78 public and 50 private schools graded.

11/19/2010 With Kathryn Robinson, Clancey Denis, and Hilary Meyerson By Matthew Halverson

Good Deeds

Seastar Puts the Giving in Thanksgiving

John Howie to feed 600 needy families at his beautiful Bellevue restaurant

11/17/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Greenback Gifts

Have yourself a mercenary little Christmas.

11/17/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Where to Drop While Shopping

A few downtown restaurants to give your belly a worthy nosh while holiday shopping.

11/16/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Neighborhood Hot Spot: Chloé Bistrot

At last, the old Union Bay Cafe space in Laurelhurst can boast an occupant worthy of that noble legacy: Chloé

11/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Where's the Beef?

Meatless Monday Comes to Seattle

Good for us, good for the planet…we’re lovin’ it.

11/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Beauty at the Beast

Old World finery takes a magical culinary tour at Capitol Hill restaurant La Bête.

11/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

High Schools 2010

Parents As Search Engines

When the goal is private school, start the search early.

11/12/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

It's Party Season!

Which Restaurants Have the Best Private Rooms?

It’s the perennial holiday question. We got answers.

11/10/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Jones Rolls Out its Bacon-Flavored Soda

And just in time for Thanksgiving!

11/08/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

New Chefs

Chef Thomas Schultz Joins Oddfellows Cafe + Bar

Here’s hoping he brought his Place Pigalle recipes with him.

11/03/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

What time is it?

It’s Dine Around Seattle Time, People

(Pssst: Here’s where you’ll get the best deals.)

11/01/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Homegrown’s Halloween Costume Contest

You’ll have to get creative, because we guarantee you don’t have this costume lying around your basement.

10/27/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Good Morning

Luc Launches Sunday Brunch

Look for French-American cafe food starting in November.

10/25/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: The Locavore

The Herbfarm, Emmer and Rye, Volunteer Park Café, The Corson Building, Le Gourmand, Café Juanita, Sitka and Spruce, Tilth, Nettletown, Trellis, and Poppy: temples of the local, seasonal movement.

10/22/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: The Morning Meal

Dinner houses—Tilikum Place Cafe, Spring Hill, Dahlia Lounge, Monsoon, the Bellevue Wild Ginger, MistralKitchen, June, Emmer and Rye, Nettletown—and even wine bars like Verve and tapas bars like Harvest Vine, leap into the brunch game. Weekday

10/21/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Dept. of Reinventions

Mamma Melina Goes Upscale

But are the new digs an improvement?

10/20/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: Molecular Gastronomy

Spur Gastropub, Spring Hill, Crush, Canlis, and MistralKitchen experiment with the science of food.

10/20/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli