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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Eat Here Now

Hoop Dreams

Spirit of 77: slam dunks and flagrant fouls at Portland’s new bohemian sports bar

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 11/10/2010

Article

Perfect Pies – To Go

Holiday desserts, without the performance anxiety

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 11/03/2010

Food News

Wine Country Dinners

Thistle announces its 2nd Annual Guest Chef & Winemaker Dinner Series

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 10/27/2010

Eat This Now

Boffo Baked Goods at Ristretto Roasters

Kim Boyce arrived in Portland this year with one of the year’s best books under her baking belt and a collection of treats ready-made for a local coffee shop.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 10/27/2010

Best Restaurants

2010 Best Restaurants: Evolution of a Revolution

Follow Portland's nationally recognized food scene as _Portland Monthly_ showcases eight of our favorite venues that represent the heart of our evolution.

  • By Karen Brooks and Mike Thelin
  • Published 10/13/2010

Food News

Two Frankies Portland Project On Hold

An anticipated collaboration between Brookyn’s bearded restaurant wonders and Stumptown’s Duane Sorensen is off the table (for now).

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 10/11/2010

Best Restaurants

Best Restaurants 2010

A handful of Portland restaurateurs have helped make local cuisine a driving force in Portland life and a magnet for the foodies of the world. "*Evolution of the Revolution*":/eat-and-drink/articles/2010-best-restaurants-revolution-1110/ Eight venues

  • By Karen Brooks and Mike Thelin
  • Published 10/08/2010

Best Restaurants

2010 Best Restaurants: The Icons

Over the past few years, a handful of Portland restaurateurs have helped make local cuisine a driving force in Portland life and a magnet for the foodies of the world. Here are eight of the eateries that are defining a movement.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 10/08/2010

Sweet Food News

New pastry Chef Lauren Fortgang Sweetens Le Pigeon

Get ready for the Choco Taco

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 10/06/2010

Openings

Hiro Ikegaya to open Mirakutei

Local sushi master will open Japanese-style “tapas” joint

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 10/06/2010

Chef shuffle

Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker departs Foster Burger

Asian street food guru ready to launch new Japanese drinking vinegar company

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 09/27/2010

Food Cart News

Spella Caffe Coffee Cart Closing October 6; People’s Pig Moves In

Micro-roaster Andrea Spella goes full-time brick-and-mortar

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 09/22/2010

Openings

Little Big Burger’s Whopper Weekend

Micah Camden’s newest restaurant draws the hungry (and curious) masses.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 09/21/2010

Food News

Kristin Murray to Paley’s Place; Lauren Fortgang to Little Bird

Pastry Chefs Shuffle: Two of Portland’s most prominent dessert makers have sweet new deals.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 09/09/2010

Food News

Beast’s Naomi Pomeroy Battles the Iron Chef

Plus: she’s in the running for a cooking show of her own.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 09/02/2010

63 Things Every Portlander Must Do

Must Do: Become a Fan

Become a fan of Portland's home teams, from mainstream sports to more alternative arenas. Learn how to enlist in the Timbers Army from Shawn Levy, or let Beth Burns burden you with a cyclocross addiction. Best yet, become a derby devotee by following Judg

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 07/15/2010

63 Things Every Portlander Must Do

Must Do: Shop

Go shopping for some of Portland's most desired commodities: costumes, with help from Alicia J. Rose; plants, with help from Elizabeth Beekley; records, with help from Jay Martin; and fabric, with the help of Bill Crane.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 07/15/2010

63 Things Every Portlander Must Do

Must Do: Walk-About

Go for a walk and discover Jewish deli owner Nick Zukin's favorite Latin hot spots, Kristin Kaye's favorite ways that Portland gives back to our green Earth, or Rabbi Gary Schoenberg's favorite boating businesses.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 07/14/2010

63 Things Every Portlander Must Do

Must Do: Eat & Drink

Take a walk on the wild side: Justin Oswald's guide on where to get good, fresh meat in Portland. Don't like meat? How about Paige Powell's guide to going vegan? If you'd rather eat out, there's Robert More's recommendations for dining with strangers. Or

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 07/14/2010

63 Things Every Portlander Must Do

Must Do: Culture

Recommendations by Christina Sells, Sarah Dougher, Nate Overmeyer, Thomas Lauderdale, and Matt Zaffino on how to get down with Portland culture. Sneak peak must-do's: listen to folk music, learn how to dance, and get retired.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 07/14/2010
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