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.

Displaying articles 1 - 20 of 182 in total

Eat This Now

Sausage Party at Matt’s BBQ

At Portland’s hottest ‘cue cart, the ribs are great. But don’t forget the jalapeño-cheddar sausage.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/24/2016

WHAT WE ATE

Portland’s Restaurant History: The People, Places, and Plates That Set Our City’s Epic Table

How did we conquer the food world? We chronicle more than a century of Portland dining.

  • By Molly Woodstock, Michael Zusman, Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/15/2016

RECIPES

Eight Classic Portland Recipes, 1932 to Now

From Henry Thiele’s German pancakes to Lucy Brennan’s avocado daiquiri, here’s how to eat (and drink) your way through Portland history.

  • By Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/15/2016

SOUL SCENE

Revisiting the Mid-Century Jazz Clubs and Soul Food Kitchens of Portland’s Albina Neighborhood

Before it became a chic bike thoroughfare, N Williams was a compact universe of black-owned businesses.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/15/2016

FOOD HISTORY

Pioneer Salt, Giant Pancakes, and Sexy Salads: The Two-Century-Long Story of How Portland Conquered the Food World

Here are the wild spots, rule breakers, lost treasures, and unforgettable dishes that forged our food culture through the past century.

  • By Ashley Marti/Local Haven, Molly Woodstock, Michael Zusman, Kelly Clarke, Nicolle Clemetson, and Karen Brooks
  • Published 08/15/2016

Breaking News

Pine Street Market’s Common Law Closes; Kim Jong Grillin’/Smokehouse Tavern Collaboration Will Fill Space

Chef Patrick McKee’s fine dining French-Asian spot calls it quits. Up next: KJS, a Korean barbecue-meets-smoked meats project from two of Portland’s favorite meat men.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/11/2016

Breaking News

Eb & Bean Will Open Second Shop on SE Division Street This Fall

A new outpost of Portland’s chic frozen yogurt spot will snug between Stella Taco and Bollywood Theater come October.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 08/09/2016

Breaking News

Blue Star Donuts to Open PDX Airport Outpost

Travelers will be able to nab a Cointreau crème brûlée on their way outta town by Thanksgiving.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 07/27/2016

EAT HERE NOW

At Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry, “Pleasant” Is a Very Good Thing

Breakfast sandwiches to toothsome porridge to pork and beans, this new Hollywood cafe refreshes in its simplicity.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 07/12/2016

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

NE Sandy Boulevard Is Portland’s Best Cheap Eats Drive–Thru

Barren shortcut no more, Sandy is home to a handful of hot new food hubs and some stalwart Portland gems.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 06/13/2016

BIG IDEAS

Oregon’s Innovators Light Up Tech, Art, Business, History, the Cityscape—and the Future

From vanished ancient coasts to singing buildings to eco-drones, Oregonians break revolutionary ground.

  • By Chad Walsh, Andrew D'Cruz, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Benjamin Tepler, Eden Dawn, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 06/13/2016

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: 11 Portland Eats, Spots, and Sips We Can’t Resist Right Now

Iced matcha-chai lattes to killer pastrami sandwiches, here are some of our city’s most delicious things.

  • By Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, Eden Dawn, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 06/13/2016

DONUTSTROLOGY

Everything about Portland Can Be Summed Up with Doughnuts

Voodoo to Pip’s to Blue Star, our city’s soul is exemplified by fried dough.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 06/13/2016

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: Readers' Poll Results

We asked. You voted. Find out which song best defines Portland, which piece of public arts reigns supreme, and which restaurants should be chucked off a cliff.

  • By Portland Monthly Staff
  • Published 06/13/2016

HOTELS

On the Oregon Coast, Find the Eco-Farm-B&B of the Future

Cob ovens, permaculture, tinctures, and cheesemaking—as a rural retreat for would-be homesteaders, North Fork 53 is off the hook (and soon, the grid).

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/31/2016

EAT THIS NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From brie-topped breakfast sandwiches at Vivienne Kitchen & Pantry to half-off pies at Nostrana, these are the things you must eat this week.

  • By Eat Beat Team
  • Published 05/25/2016

GO FISH!

Essential Oregon Ocean Adventures

Crabbing to clamming to charter fishing, here are three must-do ocean escapades.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Ramona DeNies
  • Published 05/19/2016

RAZOR CLAMMING

Go Razor Clamming on Washington’s Awesome Long Beach Peninsula

Head north for wet, sandy beaches and sweet, buttery clams.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/19/2016

KAYAK CRABBING

How to Catch Your Own Dungeness Crab Feast on the Oregon Coast. In a Kayak.

You’re gonna go crabbing in what?? Launch your pedal kayak for a surf-skimming trip.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/19/2016

TRAVEL

Why a Coastal Farmhouse B&B Is Going Off-Grid

At North Fork 53, say hello to river views—and goodbye to cell reception and wifi.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 05/19/2016
Displaying articles 1 - 20 of 182 in total