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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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

Eat This Now

A Taste of Pig Heaven

Tastebud’s roasted pork comes straight from the wood fire: get it while it lasts.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 12/01/2010

Introducing

Courier Coffee Roasters

An intimate den of coffee cool, Courier Coffee roasts some of the best beans in the city, turning those smooth roasts into pour-over coffee and lovely lattes.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 11/17/2010

Review

Little Big Buzz

If Ray Kroc went to the Rhode Island School of Design, with a semester in Tokyo, history may have looked like Little Big Burger, the Pearl District’s first independent fast-food joint.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 11/17/2010

Eat Here Now

The Secret Thanksgiving Potluck

…and some other reasons to give thanks at Coffeehouse Northwest.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 11/16/2010

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
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