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.

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: The Sidekick

Meet the restaurant offshoot: Cicchetti, Sambar, Licorous, On the Fly, Seatown Snack Bar To Go, and Elemental Next Door.

10/19/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: Tarts and Sours

Chefs such as Renee Erickson of Boat Street Café and The Walrus and the Carpenter and Matt Dillon of Sitka and Spruce and The Corson Building, plus restaurants like Joule, Nettletown, and Anchovies and Olives, have begun to tart up dishes.

10/19/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Dept. of Wha?

Menu Descriptions that…Aren’t

Beignets with pepitas, Bottarga, and Banyuls, anyone?

10/18/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Good Causes

October Puts Seattle Restaurants in the Pink

Find out which restaurants are offering special deals to benefit Susan G. Komen’s breast cancer research.

10/13/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: The Upscale Downmarket

Seatown Snack Bar, Joule, Spring Hill, The Dahlia Lounge, Serious Pie, Quinn’s, and Homegrown are messing with old assumptions about what belongs in fine dining rooms and what belongs in diners.

10/13/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: Chef’s Choice

At Spinasse, Sushi Kappo Tamura, Elemental, Art of the Table, Sutra, MistralKitchen, and Staple and Fancy, what’s for dinner is what the chef’s cooking.

10/13/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: The Small Platerie

Lark, Licorous, Harvest Vine, Tilth, and Bisato boost the appeal of a movement that’s clearly here to stay: small-plate dining

10/13/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Article

Not Your Daddy’s Porn

When a teenage boy surfs for Internet porn, Mom and Dad get hot and bothered.

10/12/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Article

Best Restaurants 2010

60 restaurants that are changing the way we eat.

10/12/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: Nose to Tail

Organs, intestines, and extremities—the whole animal is fair game at June, Le Gourmand, The Herbfarm, Staple and Fancy, Quinn’s, Re:public, and Sitka and Spruce.

10/12/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: The Unfussy French

Luc, Café Campagne, Le Pichet, Café Presse, Bastille Café and Bar, and Toulouse Petit give rise to the unfussy French restaurant.

10/12/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: The New South Lake Union

Flying Fish, MistralKitchen, Tutta Bella Pizzeria, and Re:Public get cozy in South Lake Union.

10/12/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

Best Restaurants 2010

Best Restaurants: The Roving Restaurant

Where Ya at Matt, Skillet Street Food, Marination Mobile, Maximus/Minimus, and Veraci redefine the restaurant model.

10/12/2010 By Kathryn Robinson With Judy Naegeli

West Seattle

Early-Week Specials at Fresh Bistro

Steak and salmon and seafood, oh my.

10/11/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Celebrations

Cafe Lago Turns 20

And man does that give me a crisis.

10/06/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Takes One Minute

Farestart has Helped a Lot of Homeless People

Now you can help Farestart.

10/04/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Dept of It's About Time

Twirl opens on Queen Anne

A healthy cafe for kids and their servants. I mean parents.

09/29/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Cookies

Seattle, Meet Cookie Box

One of my favorite pastry chefs in town is baking ’em.

09/28/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

This weekend

Artisan Food Festival at Pike Place Market

Unbelievably, it’s the first annual. And the price is right.

09/22/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Dept. of Swirling Rumors

Lombardi’s Closing

Ballard ristorante to be replaced by gastropub. Guess which one?

09/20/2010 By Kathryn Robinson