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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Feast Portland Interviews

Q&A: Duff Goldman

Television’s favorite Ace of Cakes shows his cards on the future of food TV: online and user-generated content.

  • By Benjamin Tepler and Karen Brooks
  • Published 09/13/2012

Feast Portland Interviews

Q&A: Adam Rapoport

Bon Appétit’s trendsetting chief honcho and four-day Portland ambassador dishes on New York’s P-town obsession and the future of food journalism.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 09/12/2012

Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Portland: The Shops

We've wrangled all of the local shops where you can find the ingredients for your own culinary conquests.

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/27/2012

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Robert Reynolds, 1942-2012

Longtime Portland culinary mentor Robert Reynolds has passed away, and his passion for life in and out of the kitchen is remembered by friends and colleagues.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/27/2012

Article

Excerpt: The Mighty Gastropolis

Food editor Karen Brooks’s new book charts the rise of America’s most original food destination.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/23/2012

Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Sweets

Portlanders have a serious sweet tooth. Cheese Bar boss Steve Jones points out classy confections.

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/23/2012

Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Global Foods

Mexican cuisine is soaring in popularity. So where can we find the finest and freshest ingredients?

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/23/2012

Food Lover's Guide to Portland

The Food Lover's Guide to Destination Markets

For these food impresarios, grocery shopping isn’t just business. It’s personal.

  • By Benjamin Tepler and Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/23/2012

Article

The Food Lover's Guide to Portland

Join us for a wild adventure through our food-obsessed city. We’ll lead the way; your job is simply to learn, shop, explore, cook—and eat.

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/23/2012

Food Cart City

Pod Perfection

Mississippi Marketplace: N Mississippi Ave, south of Skidmore St

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/20/2012

Pizza

Master Class

The search is over. We've got the list of all the best pizzas from around the Portland area. Find a new sensational gourmet pizza pie in your neighborhood.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/19/2012

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Bunk’s New Restaurant: Tex Mex–Loving Trigger

In October, Portland’s sandwich kings will go underground with a rock ‘n’ roll Tex-Mex eatery beneath the Wonder Ballroom on NE Russell Str...

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/15/2012

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Portland’s Best Breakfast Spots

In Portland, land of the food-crazy, nothing trumps breakfast. Consider this your wake-up call: the city’s best dishes, biscuits, Bloody Marys, and more. Dig...

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 08/13/2012

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Corazon: RIP

After three months of misfires, ChefStable’s Kurt Huffman pulls the plug on his high-profile Mexican eatery.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/05/2012

EAT HERE NOW

D Street Noshery Rises

Behind righteous Israeli falafel and big flavors from Guam, SE Division’s playful pod is now a noteworthy food destination.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/01/2012

Article

Cult of the Cannelé

Courier Coffee Roasters and Ken's Artisan Bakery conquer France's most finicky pastry.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 07/18/2012

Review

Blurring the Borders

Smallwares and Aviary think global—without the boundaries.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 06/22/2012

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Sterling Coffee’s New Brew

Sterling Coffee Roasters spearheads a quality-first union and unveils what is surely the world’s first nano coffee shop/wine bar.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 06/06/2012

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Lauro Kitchen to Reopen as a New Duane Sorenson Restaurant

At the end of May, the pioneering SE Division Street restaurant will shutter to make way for a new project from Portland’s indie coffee king and buddin...

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/11/2012

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Lardo and the Sugar Cube Come to Hawthorne

In a new culinary experiment from ChefStable, two food carts will pool resources for an indoor/outdoor sandwich shop and dessert truck, opening in June.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/08/2012
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