Senior Editor

Kelly Clarke is a senior editor at Portland Monthly, where she manages the magazine’s insatiable Food & Drink section and creates lively cover packages that often double as guilty pleasures, from scouting out the city’s best bars or chronicling how to turn your backyard into a chic, gluttonous party paradise. She also pens stories on everything from mouthy ballerinas andbartenders to artisan junk food taste tests and Portland’s next crop of influential chefs.

In her former life, Kelly was the longtime Arts & Culture Editor at Willamette Week, where she founded the Portland alt-newsweekly’s popular Finder city guide, wrote about PDX’s excellent ethnic markets, chefs fighting over pigs, sex machines, and very expensive dog wheelchairs. Her Portland Monthly story about a wildly talented local chef channeling his hazardously addictive personality into cooking success won the SPJ’s 2013 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for Personalities reporting. She lives, cooks, and eats with her husband and very opinionated daughter in Northeast Portland, where pho shops still outnumber Salt & Straw outposts.

Breaking News

First Look at Vitaly Paley’s Seafood-Loving Headwaters, Opening October 14

Eat Beat’s got exclusive details on the revamped Heathman Hotel Restaurant and Bar, from a fresh look and adventurous raw bar to "sexual chocolate" for dessert.

10/12/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2016

Portland’s Best New Restaurants of 2016

Dynamic change, new players, and deliciously bold concepts executed with serious attention to detail: here are the 12 places that define Portland’s food scene right now.

10/10/2016 By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, and Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Bucket List

30 Portland Restaurants for the Ultimate Local Dining Bucket List

Hope you’re hungry. Here are 30 top picks from Portland Monthly editors.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke, Karen Brooks, and Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Carts We Heart

Portland’s Five Best New Food Carts of 2016

Montreal-style pastrami to smoldering coconut curry, these are our new favorites from the fast-paced world of cart cooking.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler

Best Restaurants 2016: Repeat Offenders

Four Portland Dishes We Ate Over and Over and Over Again in 2016

Fried catfish to porridge (no, really), we just can’t get enough.

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2016: Night Out

Portland’s Best New Spots for a Night Out

From a stronghold of natural wine to a bitters-fueled Bali Ha’i, here are four places to eat, drink, and be merry well after dark.

10/10/2016 By Benjamin Tepler, Kelly Clarke, and Ramona DeNies

Best Restaurants: On the Verge

Four Intriguing Portland Restaurants Opening Soon

From lavish Russian tea service to pakora-fried chicken, these spots should light up our winter.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke, Karen Brooks, and Ramona DeNies

Best Restaurants 2016: Almost Perfect

Three New Portland Spots That Are 80 Percent Awesome

Superbite, Pine Street Market, and Tastebud: it’s complicated.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke and Karen Brooks

Best Restaurants 2016: Pizza Punk

Portland’s Best Pizza Spot That Almost Flamed Out: Pizza Jerk

Tommy Habetz didn’t let a major fire stop him from making top-notch pizza.

10/10/2016 Photography by Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2016: Southern Comfort

Portland’s Best Appalachian Supper Club: Mae

Three days a week, Maya Lovelace transplants a new vision of Southern comfort.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2016: Vegan Nirvana

Portland’s Best Plant-Based, Genuinely Fancy Restaurant: Farm Spirit

At his stylish Buckman spot, gung-ho vegetable lover Aaron Adams declares his own farm-powered city state.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2016: Peru + Portland

Portland’s Best Flamboyant Peruvian Cuisine: Paiche

Peruvian seafood meets Portland farm finds, to wild effect.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Top Nonprofits

Meet Our 2016 Light a Fire Winners

Celebrating the nonprofits that make Portland a better place to live, love, give, and grow.

10/10/2016 Edited by Marty Patail By Kelly Clarke, Claire Colby, Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Lisa Dunn, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Regina Winkle-Bryan

Light a Fire 2016: Keeping Us Healthy

Cascade AIDS Project Serves More Than 400 People Each Month

In 30 years, CAP has blossomed into a 60-staffer juggernaut, with services ranging from HIV testing to housing and job placement.

10/10/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

First Look at Tokyo's Cult Afuri Ramen, Opening Soon in Southeast Portland

In mid-October, Afuri unveils an ambitious showcase for Japanese cooking in SE Industrial—noodles to sake and skewers—anchored by a key Oregon-only ingredient and major international chef talent.

10/03/2016 By Kelly Clarke


Little Shop of Horrors Is a Bloody Good Time

Doo-wop girls to man-eating plants, Portland Center Stage’s cult musical revival is totally killer.

09/27/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

Where to Eat This Week: September 22-29

Spicy, funky eats at Straits Kitchen, “Kimchiladas” at Han Oak, and Haitian xurros at 180 are your required eating and drinking for the week.

09/22/2016 By Eat Beat Team


How to Grow a Pizza

Bored with your raised garden bed? Take your cues from Pizza Jerk, and plant for maximum flavor.

09/21/2016 By Kelly Clarke

Local Design

Get a Load of Portland’s Most Lavish Wall Art

Custom-painted Rorschach inkblots to fanciful barn owls, forget all your ideas about fusty wallpaper.

09/21/2016 By Kelly Clarke and Heather V. Keeling


The Solo Club: Where Summer Lasts Forever

Spritzes and Southeast Asian bites fuel Besaw’s new bitters-loving sister bar.

09/21/2016 By Kelly Clarke