Karen Brooks holds one of the most prestigious titles in the food world: winner of the James Beard Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award for 2017. This was her second time as a national finalist. After this, it’s all gravy.

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 and film/TV junkie and author. She’s penned nine books to date, most recently a deep dive into Portland’s punk-rock food scene, The Mighty Gastropolis: A Journey Through America’s New Food Culture. 

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Good Morning, Portland

A few thoughts on breakfast from our Editor in Chief

05/19/2009 By Paige Williams

Portland's Best Breakfasts

B... Is for Bacon

We spent weeks eating breakfast all over the city to bring you a comprehensive roundup of morning eats (and drinks!) at sixty-four restaurants. Portlanders, prepare to grow hungry.

05/19/2009 By Brian Barker, Camas Davis, Nino Padova, Lynette Sanchez, and Bart Blasengame

CHEAP DATE

Belly Timber

At Belly Timber, set in a purple Victorian on the corner of SE Hawthorne Boulevard and 32nd Avenue, the half-size portions are remarkably plentiful. And even if you do opt for a full serving, not one item is priced over $20.

05/19/2009 By Camas Davis

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Jick Magnet

Rocker and literate lyricist Stephen Malkmus talks about yogic singing, fatherhood, and his impending death.

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Rock the Clubs

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Rockabilly legend hits Dante’s next Tuesday.

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