Food Editor & Critic

Karen Brooks eats, drinks and thinks about food for Portland Monthly, where she continues her journey as Portland’s opinionated, trend-spotting food critic. She pens monthly restaurant reviews, writes and photographs the print magazine’s Word of Mouth column (aka: what I’m obsessing over now), drives the annual Best Restaurants issue, contributes to various food-cover packages, and breaks news for the magazine’s food blog, Eat Beat.

Karen began her journalism career at alt-weekly Willamette Week, doubling as food critic and Arts & Culture editor. Then she jumped ship to the Oregonian, doing double-duty again as Arts czarina and Food Critic while creating two of the daily’s most enduring sections: the weekly A&E and the annual Diner guide. At Portland Monthly since 2010, she’s continued her mission of ferreting out new restaurant models and maverick thinkers defining Portland’s food voice.

In her spare time, Karen is rabid NBA baller, film/TV junkie, and food author. She’s written nine books to date, most recently a book on Portland’s punk-rock food scene, The Mighty Gastropolis: A Journey Through America’s New Food Culture. 

 

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BREAKING NEWS

Le Pigeon’s Gabriel Rucker Wins Best Chef Northwest

An exclusive interview with Portland’s flavor genius and two-time James Beard Foundation Award winner

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/07/2013

REVIEW

The People's Pig Wild Boar Sandwich

Cliff Allen's tiny, streetside meat cave fires up the art of eating between slices of homemade bread.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/01/2013

BREAKING NEWS

Coming Soon: Andy Ricker's Asian Food Marathon

With next week’s Pok Pok menu changes and Sen Yai noodle house near completion on SE Division, one man’s Southeast Asian food vision will rise breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/29/2013

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

The Sugar Cube to go Brick-and-Mortar

SE Hawthorne’s iconic bakery-on-wheels sells to Hungry Heart Desserts, as baker talent Kir Jensen hones a Sugar Cube concept to open later this year.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/24/2013

SNEAK PEEK

Burning Details on Duane Sorenson's Roman Candle Bakery

As Stumptown Coffee’s food-loving founder continues to devour SE Division Street, we got an early look at the baking vision and menu set to debut in early May.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/03/2013

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Alma Chocolate's Daring Dinner Series

What happens when chocolate inspires monthly menus? A “grilled cheese and chocolate” collaboration provides some answers.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/26/2013

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Italy, Rocking

With his new restaurant, Ava Gene’s, Duane Sorenson gives indie dining an Old World polish.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/15/2013

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Andy Ricker to Open Thai Noodle House on Division

Pok Pok Lat Khao curry shop is dead; Sen Yai noodle house will rise this spring.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Chef’s Choice

Portland chefs weigh in on their favorite cheap eats.

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Eat Portland Weird

It's time to embrace offal, grasshoppers, and pork skin!

  • By Allison Jones, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Bargains in the Burbs

Delicious discoveries beyond the city limits

  • By Allison Jones, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Taco Tours

Portland's newest generation of Mexican flavors

  • By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Kids' Menus

Your child is a passport to small-plate bargains.

  • By Kelly Clarke, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Hot Diggity Dogs!

Beauty on a bun for under $10

  • By Karen Brooks, Rachel Ritchie, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Old World Eats

A hearty trek through Portland's Central European feasts

  • By Marty Patail, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Best of the Bowls

Fathomless pho, Korean hot pots, and goat curry

  • By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Happy Hour Havens

Great deals and steals, early and late

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Stuffed to the Gills

Delicious things—inside of other things

  • By Karen Brooks, Aaron Scott, Rachel Ritchie, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 02/22/2013

CHEAP EATS 2013

Date Nights

Affordable trysts on the town

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/22/2013

FEATURE

Cheap Eats 2013

We combed old standbys, secret food spots, and happy hour havens to sniff out the great deals. Behold: 60 meals under $20, from multicourse feasts to herbaceous bowls of pho.

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/22/2013
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