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.
READ 'EM AND EAT
The Best Local Cookbooks of 2015
PORTLAND BUCKET LIST
Are You a Real Portlander?
EAT HERE NOW
Where to Eat This Week
Q&A with Roger Porter: Eating Words Is a Feast of Reading
Sneak Peek at Hat Yai, Langbaan’s Upcoming Sister Restaurant
Four Reasons to Sip at Coffeehouse Northwest
WORD OF MOUTH
6 PDX Restaurants and Bars You Must Show Off to Holiday Visitors this Month
Tastebud Fires Up in Multnomah Village
RESTAURANT AND BAR UPDATES
Portland News to Chew
Castagna’s Justin Woodward Takes Over Castagna Café
Portland’s Best Hot Chocolate
Gruner to Shutter; Ox to Open a Second Restaurant
Where Do Portland’s Best Chefs Eat on Their Own Time?
The 50 Best Portland Restaurants For Any Occasion
Muscadine Named One of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America
Portland's Best New Restaurants of 2015
Portland's Most (Overly?) Ambitious New Restaurant: Renata
Portland's Best Soup Shop: Rose VL
Portland's Best New Barbecue: The People's Pig