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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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

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Xico Coming to Division

This summer, a pair of food-savvy Nostrana vets will unleash a love of chiles, chocolate, and fresh-ground cornmeal on Portland’s thriving “Eat Street.”

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/02/2012

Food & Drink Events

Serious Eats and Trash Talk

Yamhill Valley battles Riverbend Landfill/Waste Management with world-class snacks and sips in McMinnville.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/10/2012

Restaurant Review

Decadence Returns

Behind artistic French compositions and towering soufflés, Noisette brings a taste of luxury to casual Portland.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/23/2012

BEST OF THE CITY

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 in!

  • Published 03/01/2012

RISE & DINE!

Portland's Best Baked Goods

If your breakfast joint doesn't smell like fresh-baked bread and tantalizing pastry, then you're eating in the wrong place. We've got some better ideas.

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/23/2012

Rise & Dine!

Portland’s Battle for the Best Fried Chicken & Waffles

Culinary pundits Zach Dundas and Marty Patail go fork-to-fork over their favorite spots for chicken and waffles, the true breakfast of champions.

  • By Dan Gay, Karen Brooks, Martin Patail, Rachel Ritchie, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 02/23/2012

RISE & DINE!

Best Family Breakfast Spots

Hey, your kids have to eat breakfast too. We've rounded up a roster of eateries that will make the whole family feel welcome (and full).

  • By Dan Gay, Karen Brooks, Rachel Ritchie, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 02/23/2012

Rise & Dine!

Portland’s Best Biscuits

We've got a bounty of biscuits that don't need gravy to make 'em special.

  • By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/23/2012

Rise & Dine!

Portland's Best Breakfast Sandwiches

The trusty breakfast sandwich has evolved from an on-the-go necessity to a morning meal worth savoring slowly. Here are five winning combos.

  • By Dan Gay, Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, Rachel Ritchie, and Kasey Cordell
  • Published 02/23/2012

RISE & DINE!

Portland’s Best Bloody Marys

Sometimes you need an eye-opener on top of your morning java. For those occasions we've whittled down a roster of Portland's best Bloody Marys. Cheers!

  • By Allison Jones, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/23/2012

Rise & Dine!

Portland’s Best Breakfasts

Just like mom said: breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And after weeks stuffing ourselves silly while exploring the city’s myriad breakfast joints, we can attest that it also happens to be the most delicious.

  • By Karen Brooks and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 02/23/2012

FOOD NEWS

Portland’s 2012 James Beard Contenders

Six Portland chefs vie in a pool of 20 regional hopefuls for Best Chef Northwest, and four other talents compete in four national categories.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/21/2012

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Navarre to Expand

Owner John Taboada’s unnamed project will rise this summer in the former Chin Yen space on Northeast 28th Avenue

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/08/2012

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

Naomi Pomeroy to Relocate and Update Beast

Portland’s pork princess plans to roll out a new look, new location, and new ideas by September.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/06/2012

Eat Here Now

Boke Bowl

The ramen at Boke Bowl is sensational. But there's a lot more than noodles happening here.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/26/2012

BREAKING FOOD NEWS

UPDATE: Christopher Israel’s New Mexican Restaurant

ChefStable teams up with one of the city’s top chefs for an exciting downtown project.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/24/2012
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