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

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

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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

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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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Ramen Freaks and Geeks

Fast-foodies are lining up for a taste of Japanese comfort, from Mirakutei on East Burnside to Bokebowl, a new ramen pop-up. Our souped-up tour includes bowl...

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/16/2011

Review

Winged Victory

Gabriel Rucker, head chef at Le Pigeon serves up a mastery of French inspired dishes like Lamb's Head Shepherds Pie. Little Bird Bistro is one we're sure you'll flock to.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/14/2011

Article

Bike-Centric Food Cart Super Pod in the Works on SE 82nd Ave

This summer, Mississippi Marketplace food-cart visionary Roger Goldingay aims to bring bike culture into the street-food world.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/11/2011

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The Big Egg Cracks Open Again

After a winter food-cart hiatus, Portland’s fried-egg sandwich sanctuary returns with new ideas and cult classics.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/09/2011

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Grüner Climbs New Mountains

Expansion plans, a vegetarian-forward mushroom burger, and an alpine feast to benefit a local non-profit keep Grüner in the food spotlight.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/02/2011

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At Meat Cheese Bread, a Frontier Grows

With bold imagination, SE Stark Street’s quirky storefront helps define Portland as a new kind of sandwich city.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/26/2011

Review

Artfully Uncool

Bar Mingo chef Jerry Huisinga serves up some creative Italian dishes at affordable prices.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/19/2011

First Impressions

St. Jack Puts the Portland in Paris

A new patisserie blends Clinton Street vibes with chic éclairs and made-to-order madeleines.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/19/2011

Breaking Food News

FIN TO CLOSE AFTER VALENTINE’S DAY

The daring Southeast Portland seafood restaurant tanks itself after a promising six-month run.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/17/2011

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The Best Cubano, Ever. Really.

Bunk Sandwiches’ pork belly cubano just might change your life.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/12/2011

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Building a Better Biwa

Southeast Portland’s cozy Japanese den of delights bolts down the formulas to make a lasting impression.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/05/2011

Stocking Stuffers

The Year’s Sweetest Spot: Alma Chocolate

Northeast Portland’s outstanding chocolate shop is now a stronghold of hot chocolates and edible art—and the gift that keeps on giving.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 12/22/2010

Review

Ocean’s Heaven

Fin takes advantage of our proximity to two rivers and an ocean.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 12/21/2010

The Year in Food

Dining 2010: Picks and Pans

Portland’s top tastemakers dish on this year’s defining restaurants, addictive dishes, and trends best left in the recycle bin. Pull up a chair a...

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 12/15/2010

First Impressions

Little Bird’s Landing

Le Pigeon’s bistro spin-off blends Paris and indie Portland with some low-flying food.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 12/08/2010

Food News

Charcuterie Wars Coming!

The owners of Chop Butchery and Nick’s Italian Café will show off their meat-curing prowess in new projects opening next spring.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 12/08/2010

Breaking Food News

Olympic Provisions Shake-Up

Jason Barwikowski departs while Clyde Common’s Alex Yoder is tapped for kitchen duty at Portland’s charcuterie haven.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 12/02/2010
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