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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Seattle Met Bride & Groom’s ROCKED! 2017

Seattle Met Bride & Groom hosted nearly 400 guests on Saturday, April 8th at Canvas Event Space for ROCKED, a celebration of our city's supremely talented and giving bridal industry.

05/02/2017

Critic's Notebook

5 Ways to Cook Asparagus

Peter Miller’s lunch cookbook now has a dinnertime companion.

05/01/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Around Town

What We're Eating Now: May 2017

This month's favorites: nori dumplings, superlative french dips, and a croissant worth a trip to Bainbridge.

05/01/2017 By Allecia Vermillion and Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle’s Most Colorful Restaurants

We’ve got plenty of neutrals, tons of industrial, and—thank you, Renee Erickson—every shade of white. Which restaurants bring the color?

04/27/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Restaurant Fix That Could Instantly Boost Ratings 

The one restaurant fix that could instantly do it. If only restaurants knew it.

04/24/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

5 Great Reasons to Dine Out on Thursday

(They’re really great reasons.)

04/20/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Restaurant Review

Circadia Is Downtown Seattle's New Palace of Posh

Chef Garrett Melkonian is an eager innovator inside the kitchen of one of Seattle’s grandest restaurant spaces.

04/18/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

10 Tremendous Seattle Pretzels

Danger: Knots ahead.

04/17/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Essay

I Took a Course on How to Survive a Mass Shooting

Office life will never look the same.

04/17/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Very Best Sushi in Seattle

We have a deep bench of great sushi in Seattle, with something for everyone.

04/13/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Deborah Madison Comes to the Corson Building

The standard-bearer of vegetarian cooking is coming to Seattle to peddle her new book—and to cook for us. 

04/10/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Here Are Seattle’s 10 Great Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

One at a time now, people.

04/06/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

City Hall

Q&A: Understanding the Keystone XL Pipeline

Questions answered ahead of the City Council vote.

04/03/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Clutch Move

Anguay Reed Designs Has Your (Political) Statement Clutch

“This really empowered me.”

04/03/2017 By Rosin Saez

Sales and Events

Wear What When: April 3–9

This week rock on in bridal couture, treat yourself at TomboyX's pop-up shop, and break up with your bag and bike at Timbuk2.

04/03/2017 By Nicole Erickson Edited by Rosin Saez

Critic's Notebook

Southpaw Pizza Introduces Monday Craft Night

But keep that glue gun holstered there, Martha.

04/03/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Crossroads

75 Years Ago, Only One Paper Opposed Japanese American Internment Camps

The Bainbridge Island Review was the only known paper in the area to decry the policy.

04/02/2017 By Hayat Norimine

Critic's Notebook

Restaurants That Serve What Most People Most Want to Eat

In Seattle, believe it or not…it’s kind of a rare business plan.

03/30/2017 By Kathryn Robinson

Best of the City

Seattle's Best Restaurants

These are the most vivid, gracious, straight-up incredible destinations in town.

03/28/2017 By Kathryn Robinson and Allecia Vermillion

Critic's Notebook

Meet the Saloon, Mount Baker’s New Cocktail Hangout

Brought to you by the owners of the Feed Store, Mount Baker’s growing everything-else hangout.

03/27/2017 By Kathryn Robinson