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.
Eat This Now
Word of Mouth
Eat Here Now
Best Restaurants 2016
Best Restaurants 2016: Bucket List
Best Restaurants 2016: Repeat Offenders
Best Restaurants 2016: Brunch Bliss
Best Restaurants: On the Verge
Best Restaurants 2016: Almost Perfect
Best Restaurants 2016: Neighborhood Excellence
Best Restaurants 2016: Xurroland
Best Restaurants 2016: Catalan Modernism
Best Restaurants 2016: Supahardcore
Best Restaurants 2016: Pumped-Up Korean
Best Restaurants 2016: Mideast Remix