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.


Forecast for Tomorrow: Burgers with 100% Chance of Beer

Whole Foods turns 30 and you’re invited to hoist one in its honor.

09/17/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Where to Eat Now

East of Eatin'

Wallingford's Cantinetta recently launched its Eastside spinoff, joining a large and growing cadre of Seattle favorites' Barrio, Boom Noodle, Monsoon-striking east for downtown Bellevue.

09/16/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Reserve oily

Taste Restaurant Holds Olive Oil Event

Including dinner, with olive oil cocktails.

09/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


I Wanna Inhale

Initiative 1068 to legalize marijuana may have gone up in smoke…but its whiff lingers on.

09/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Makeover on Melrose

What Matt Dillon, of the Corson Building and Melrose Market’s Sitka and Spruce, learned on the way to the table.

09/15/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


A Match Made in Ballard

With their new restaurants, Staple and Fancy Mercantile and The Walrus and the Carpenter, Ethan Stowell and Renee Erickson aren’t collaborating so much as symbiotically thriving in the historic Kolstrand building on Ballard Avenue.

09/14/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Spud Fish ‘n’ Chips Turns 75

The Seattle fried-food legend invites you to celebrate with them.

09/13/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Good Cause

Bluwater Bistro Reinvents the Duck Dodge…in Rubber

Benefits memorial fund for slain officer Timothy Brenton

09/08/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Dough, Crust, Sugar, Fruit

High 5 Pie Goes All Retail On Us

Getcher Flipsides and Piepops at Trace Lofts, just in time for the holidays.

09/01/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

New, yet Old

Twisted Cork Reopens

It’s back at the Bellevue Hyatt.

08/25/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Here piggy piggy piggy

Baconopolis! Returns, Third Year in a Row

It’s all about the exclamation point.

08/23/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Hot Spot: Elliott Bay Café

While the original Elliott Bay Café in Pioneer Square still plugs away in the basement of its vacated building at First and Main, chef Tamara Murphy brings her innovations to the lofty new Elliott Bay Book Company on Capitol Hill.

08/18/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Tapas Time

No month feels better suited to the heavily oiled lightness of Spanish tapas than September. Get them at these three tapas restaurants.

08/18/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Great Scott

Scott Carsberg is keeping it eel in a casual makeover of Lampreia: Belltown restaurant Bisato.

08/18/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


TomatoFare Debuts at Cedarbrook Lodge

First annual celebration of Northwest heirlooms and the chefs who prize them

08/11/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


A Losing Proposition

The Seattle United soccer mom who dares to want her child to lose.

08/10/2010 By Kathryn Robinson


Get Your Free S’mores Downtown Tomorrow

Yup, Library Bookstore and Bar will be handing ’em out

08/09/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Italian for Celiacs

Gluten-Free Dining at Tulio

Chef Walter Pisano even offers…drumroll please…gluten-free pasta

08/04/2010 By Kathryn Robinson

Chef News

Chef Tyler Hefford-Anderson Hired at Salish

Can that promising appointment turn around the most gorgeous underachiever in the region?

08/02/2010 By Kathryn Robinson