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 THIS NOW

China's Famed Street Crepes Come to Portland

New downtown food cart Bing Mi! delivers jian bing for a crazy-good breakfast on the go.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 04/01/2015

BREAKING NEWS

Old Americana Desserts Will Rise At New Dessert Pop-Up Sage Hen

Trifecta Tavern’s pastry chef Eve Kuttemann cracks open her antique cookbook collection for a monthly experience in pioneering sweets.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/25/2015

OPENING WATCH

The Inside Scoop on Chizu, PDX's New Sushi-Style Cheese Bar

Everything you need to know (and order) at Steve Jones’s Japanese-inspired cheese bar, now open.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/11/2015

BREAKING NEWS

Coquine to Open Restaurant on SE Belmont

A Michelin-trained chef and wine geek supreme will transform their buzzed-about pop-up into a neighborhood haunt for savvy vegetable cooking and personalized dining.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/10/2015

BREAKING NEWS

Navarre Outpost Opens in Japan

Indie chef John Taboada plants his Portland food philosophy in Tokyo’s youth culture-obsessed Harajuku district

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/03/2015

WORD OF MOUTH

3 Things You Must Eat in Portland This March

Portland Monthly food critic Karen Brooks dishes on the restaurants, obsessions, and under-the-radar finds of the month.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 03/02/2015

EAT THIS NOW

Expatriate’s Jalapeño Popper Steamed Bao Sandwich

An American bar icon gets a ferocious makeover at Northeast Portland’s house of Asian snacks and serious drinks.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/18/2015

SUGAR HIGH

The 45 Most Glorious Desserts in Portland

Your decadent guide to the city's sweetest, gooiest, giddiest, mind-bendingly hands-down bestest desserts. It's about time you indulge.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/11/2015

SUGAR RUSH

Portland Bakeries Give You 6 Reasons to Eat Dessert for Breakfast

With texture and finesse, local bakers make a definitive case for devouring dessert before 10 a.m.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/11/2015

SUGAR HIGH

The Ultimate Portland Chocolate Box

We chomped through chocolate collections and candy aisles to curate the city’s defining expressions of cacao, from bars to bonbons.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/11/2015

SUGAR HIGH

The Next Generation of Portland Dessert Classics

Portland's pastry chefs push the boundaries of sweetness—with help from surprising savory ingredients.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/11/2015

EAT THIS NOW

Chefs’ Week PDX: Secrets Finds and Collaborations

Get ready for Langbaan’s red curry fried chicken sandwiches at Lardo, some crazy ice cream and yes, yacht-rock beer. As the second annual dinner party series readies to launch on Thursday, we sniffed some intriguing collaborations available this week.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 02/04/2015

BREAKING NEWS

Holdfast to Reopen February 12 with Ambitious Monthly Chef Collaborations

For its second act, Portland’s two-man modernist kitchen is ready to unveil a new Southeast location and joint chef dinners in what could be the Rose City’s ultimate R&D lab.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/26/2015

BREAKING NEWS

A New Food Lover's Market to Open Next to The Ocean's Microeateries

This fall, Pastaworks will team with local meat and fish purveyors to create the new Providore Fine Foods boutique grocer on NE Sandy Boulevard.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/26/2015

BREAKING NEWS

Davenport Goes Pop-Up: Five Nights, Five Chefs, Five Menus

Chefs from Le Pigeon to Biwa join a cast of guest cooks ready to transform East Burnside’s humble house of fine food and wine into an incubator of culinary fun for one week only.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/21/2015

BREAKING NEWS

Inside Portland’s First Food Hall, Pine Street Market

The first details emerge on an ambitious, indoor food-and-drink pod opening downtown this fall.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/14/2015

Roundup

The Portland 21: Karen Brooks’ Favorite Dishes of 2014

Portland Monthly’s food critic reveals the foods and flavors of the year.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/07/2015

WORD OF MOUTH

3 Things You Must Eat in Portland this January

Portland Monthly food critic Karen Brooks dishes on the restaurants, obsessions, and under-the-radar finds of the new year.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/05/2015

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Slow Burn

Chef Kelly Myers brings the slow burn to SE Division with mole flights, suitcase mescals, and goat barbacoa.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 01/05/2015

BREAKING NEWS

Holdfast Finds a New Home in Southeast Portland

In January, Portland’s modernist experiment will take its talent and runaway success story to the front room of Fausse Piste Winery, four nights a week.

  • By Karen Brooks
  • Published 12/17/2014
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