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.

Critic's Notebook

How Does Harvest Beat Compare to the Incomparable Sutra?

Let’s just say Seattle vegans aren’t being quiet about it.

05/02/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Seattle Loves Its Italian Sandwiches

Remember when panini were breaking news? Well, say hello to piadine.

04/28/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

5 Reasons You Should Go Out for Dinner This Thursday

Though you might not need more than the first one.

04/25/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

Urban Hiking: Does It Make Us Better Citizens?

I walked the widest girth in Seattle to find out.

04/25/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Review

At Nirmal’s, Seattle Finally Gets Its Destination Indian

Chef Nirmal Monteiro brings playful, precise Indian cuisine to Pioneer Square.

04/22/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Review

Harvest Beat Is Seattle’s New Vegan Standard-Bearer

The stunning talents of the team from Sutra are in evidence in its larger reincarnation up the street.

04/22/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Best Seattle Patios for Sun Breaks

Where to eat on springlike days and evenings when it’s sunny one hour and cloudy the next? We’ve got a few suggestions.

04/21/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

When a Restaurant Changes its Location…

…Is it likely to get better or worse?

04/18/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Restaurants that Play Records

Turning tables happens literally in these joints. Here’s why it’s so ridiculously cool.  

04/14/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

This is Seriously Hot in Seattle Restaurants

Ash came late to our shores, but now it's everywhere.

04/11/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Return of Boat Street Cafe?

One of the greatest restaurants Seattle’s ever had comes back. Sort of.

04/07/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

The Most Disappointing Dish on the Menu

Dazzle them with cleverness or dash their expectations? Ahh deconstruction…

04/04/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

10 Reasons Plate of Nations is Seattle’s Coolest Restaurant Promo

And why this is your year to participate.

03/31/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Review

Mollusk Is Bigger and Bolder, But Is It Better?

How the grown-up Gastropod checks out.

03/29/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Damn, These Seattle Happy Hours Are Good

The food is the draw in these spots you may have forgotten about.

03/28/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Review

Big Beef Is Back at Seven Beef and Bateau

These two new spots bust the steak house to bits. Really tasty bits.

03/28/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Check the Menu Brilliance at the Carlile Room

What pun you can have when the Paramount is across the street.

03/24/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Back Fence

Is Seattle the Birthplace of a New Religion?

Turns out "post-Christian" Seattle is fertile ground for new church starts.

03/23/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Little Lago to Open in Canal Market Space

Midsummer is target date for grocery items, gelato cones, and, yes—Cafe Lago’s lasagna to go.

03/18/2016 By Kathryn Robinson

Critic's Notebook

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Go Eat a Taco.

Margaritas are green, right?

03/17/2016 By Kathryn Robinson