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. 

 

Displaying articles 341 - 360 of 402 in total

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Introducing: Aviary

Ambitious entrees are always in season at Aviary.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/20/2011

EAT HERE NOW

Good Food Here: The Guide

A year-old cart pod on SE Belmont Street grows in strange, wonderful ways—not all of them involving good food.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/18/2011

EAT HERE NOW

Chop Thinks Big With Small-Batch Charcuterie

A new shop selling cured meats and inventive pates is another step in Oregon’s New Charcuterie Frontier.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/11/2011

HOMETOWN PRIDE

Gabriel Rucker, Andy Ricker Bag Beard Awards

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 05/10/2011

Article

Eat This Now

Tastebud delivers heavenly, smoky charred birds on its weekly Chicken Dinner Night.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/22/2011

Review

It Takes a Village

St. Jack restaurant in the S.E. Clinton neighborhood is a sweet slice of Lyon in Portland, with boudin sausages, bulk local wine, and a boisterous mood.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/22/2011

Breaking Food News

Chef Kenny Giambalvo Resigns from Bluehour

Portland’s house of swank will conduct a national search to replace their leading kitchen man

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/15/2011

Hometown Pride

Pomeroy, Paley, and Pine State Biscuits

Your Portland TV guide for the week

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/13/2011

Eat This Now

Perfect Pie: Lauretta Jean’s Serious Slice

Behind serious all-butter crusts and farm-fresh produce, Kate McMillen’s new pie stand is a player.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/13/2011

Exclusive Interview

Naomi Pomeroy on Top Chef

Fear factor and survivor: Naomi Pomeroy dishes on Top Chef Masters, debuting tonight on Bravo

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/06/2011

Food News

St. Jack Launches Sunday Brunch

Seafood innovator Trent Pierce resurfaces at St. Jack with a new all-day Sunday brunch and raw bar.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/06/2011

First Impressions

Aviary Has Wings

Asian-fusion cooking comes to NE Alberta with bold beauty and modest prices.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/30/2011

Food News

Inside the James Beard Awards

On Monday, four Portland chefs and two cooking scribes made the final ballots for the 2011 James Beard Foundation awards. With winners announced in May, the ...

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/23/2011

Hometown Pride

Secrets of an Iron Chef

A behind-the-scenes look at Vitaly Paley’s April 17 battle with Jose Garces on Iron Chef America.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/23/2011

Eat This Now

Wake up Call: Brunch at Irving Street Kitchen

Just when you thought Portland couldn’t exceed the bacon-donut-biscuit speed limit, here comes Irving Street Kitchen flashing a green light to keep the South...

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/16/2011

Breaking Food News

Little Big Burger Multiplies

Micah Camden to open a second Little Big Burger on N Mississippi Avenue.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/14/2011

Review

Ramen Rave

Launched just last fall, Boke Bowl has become a wildly popular noodle craze. Find out where the next monthly, “pop-up” restaurant will be.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/10/2011

Eat Here Now

The Big Egg

The Big Egg serves up some meticulously handcrafted breakfast sandwiches with fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/10/2011

Eat This Now

Tastebud’s Best-Kept Secret: Wood-Fired Birds, Butter, and Biscuits

Once a week, a SE Portland pizza house transforms its menu into a farmhouse feast.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/09/2011

Eat This Now

Vegetarian Swank, At Last

Genoa and Beast set a welcome new table for meat-free eating.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/02/2011
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