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.
Menu Sneak Peek: Boke Bowl West’s Playful Dim Sum Brunch
WORD OF MOUTH
Food Critic Karen Brooks Dishes On What to Eat, Right Now.
Cozy Up with Portland's Best Hot Chocolate
WINTER BUCKET LIST
14 Things You Must Eat and Drink This Winter
FOOD AND DRINK EVENTS
Eat Beat Weekly Planner
DRINK THIS NOW
Go Beyond Pumpkin Spice Lattes with 2 Fresh Fall Sips
Portland Monthly's Best Bar 2014: Pepe Le Moko
Portland Monthly's Trend of the Year 2014: Pop-Ups
Portland Monthly's Best Sequel 2014: Bollywood Theater
Portland Monthly's Restaurant Dream Team 2014: John Taboada and Giovanna Parolari
Portland Monthly's Best Case for Simplicity: Davenport
WORD OF MOUTH
3 Things You Must Eat This November
Portland's 10 Best Restaurants of 2014
Three Reasons To Try Café Castagna’s New Middle East Brunch
Where Do Portland's Best Chefs Eat on their Own Time?
Departure’s Gregory Gourdet Launches Monthly Pop-up Dinners
EAT HERE NOW
Bold New Mexican Flavors at Xico
Portland Monthly's Destination of the Year 2014: Maurice
Portland Monthly's Cuisine of the Year 2014: Kachka and DaNet's Russian Party