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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Best Restaurants 2011

Best Restaurants 2011: The Best of the Rest

Our 30 other favorite restaurants in and around Portland.

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 10/14/2011

Best Restaurants 2011

Best Restaurants 2011: The Comforts

Everyone's got a go-to comfort food that they simply must have. Check out our favorites and add them to your list.

  • By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 10/14/2011

Best Restaurants 2011

Best Restaurants 2011: Asian Adventures

If you're only experience with Asian cuisine is an occasional plate of microwave pad Thai, then you need to read up on our best bets.

  • By Benjamin Tepler and Karen Brooks
  • Published 10/14/2011

Best Restaurants 2011

Best Restaurants 2011: The Ultimate Feast

Skip the yard work for one weekend. Instead, take our eating tour of Portland for round-the-clock satisfaction.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 10/14/2011

Best Restaurants 2011

Best Restaurants 2011: Best New Restaurants

What's up in the Portland restaurant realm? Get the scoop on the best new places and the whereabouts of familiar faces.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 10/14/2011

EAT HERE NOW

The New Nuvrei

The Pearl District’s Nuvrei Patisserie and Café brings breakfast and lunch upstairs.

  • By Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 10/12/2011

FOOD CART WATCH

Garden State’s Last Stand

The pioneering food cart will close out its stellar four-year food run this Sunday at Mississippi Marketplace

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 10/05/2011

EAT HERE NOW

Café Velo + Lauretta Jean’s = Pie Heaven

Coffee-loving Café Velo reopens with another farmers market star at the oven. Say hello to Portland’s best pie, biscuits, and quiche.

  • By Eat Beat Team
  • Published 09/14/2011

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Boke Bowl to Open a Restaurant

The roving ramen sensation has a new home next to Bunk Bar on the industrial East Side.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/22/2011

Expansion Plans

Little Big Burger in SE!

Micah Camden’s rapidly expanding edible empire hits SE Division

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/10/2011

Review

Field Studies

Rural feasting on Sauvie Island is as good it gets.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 07/22/2011

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Castagna’s Matt Lightner Moving to New York

Portland’s modernist pioneer, the first to rethink local cuisine since the farm-to-table movement in the 1990s, will open a restaurant in Tribeca this ...

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 07/01/2011

INTRODUCING

Wild Goose Farm: Hot Homestead Feasts

An architect and designer open up their Sauvie Island home to a new kind of farm-to-table supper club featuring a delicious lineup off-the-radar chefs.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 06/22/2011

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Bluehour Hires Spago Alum Thomas Boyce

Bruce Carey’s Pearl District charmer adds a missing ingredient: a power player in the kitchen.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 06/22/2011

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Cathy Whims and ChefStable Team Up at New Oven & Shaker

Nostrana’s Cathy Whims, Aviation Gin’s Ryan Magarian, and ChefStable’s Kurt Huffman head to the Pearl with a powerhouse plan for pizza and drinks.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 06/13/2011

FOOD NEWS

Café Castagna’s Lunch Finds

Behind a lovable burger and quietly chic comforts, one of Portland’s classic restaurants shouts: Let’s do lunch.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 06/08/2011

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Little Big Burger Gets Bigger

Budding indie burger mogel Micah Camden inks a deal for a third location in student-happy Eugene.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 06/01/2011

EAT HERE NOW

Wings of Victory

How good is the food at Pok Pok and Le Pigeon post Beard awards? In a word: soaring.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 06/01/2011

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Bamboo Sushi to Open NW Branch

With a second location planned for fall, the chic Laurelhurst eatery plans to to take its sustainable ethos to the next level.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/25/2011

Review

The Rise of the Small

Good things come in small packages—especially when it comes to local baked goods.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/20/2011
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