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.

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EAT THIS NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From grilled scallop tostada at Imperial to banana-walnut bread with cajeta at Tasty n Alder, these are the things you must eat right now.

  • By Eat Beat Team
  • Published 01/27/2016

BREAKING NEWS

Peter Cho Launches Han Oak—a Prix Fixe Korean Barbecue Spot and Chef Residency Hub Behind the Ocean

The chef morphs his planned Stray Birds brick-and-mortar into a multipurpose cook space dedicated to chef collaborations, special events, and—coming soon—Korean brunch(!).

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 01/25/2016

COMFORT FOOD

The Wide World of Comfort (or, We’re All Gonna Die Anyway)

We scoured the city for the best warm-blanket dishes from across the globe. So go ahead, wrap your napkin around your shoulders like a Snuggie and dig in!

  • By Rachel Grozanick, Fiona McCann, Molly Woodstock, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Amy Martin, Ramona DeNies, Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, Rachel Ritchie, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 01/25/2016

COMFORT FOOD

Hot Cups for Cold Days

From chai to hot buttered rum, we’ve got the liquid cure for whatever ails you.

  • By Fiona McCann, Kelly Clarke, and Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 01/25/2016

COMFORT FOOD

The Search for Portland’s Magic Mac

For premium comfort, you’ve gotta get out of the city. Zigzag’s Skyway Bar and Grill has the mac ’n’ cheese you’ve been dreaming of.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 01/25/2016

COMFORT FOOD

Portland Chefs Reveal Their Favorite Comfort Foods

From Yucatan pork stew to toffee sauce-smothered date cake, here's what the local pros crave.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 01/25/2016

COMFORT FOOD

16 Ridiculously Comforting Dishes from Around the Globe

Search out your next rainy-day dish or guilty pleasure by comfort keyword: soothing, hearty, homey, gooey, or spicy.

  • By Molly Woodstock, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, Rachel Ritchie, and Zach Dundas
  • Published 01/25/2016

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Brunch Serene at SW Portland’s Broder Söder

Broder’s third Scandinavian outpost is more than the sum of its parts.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 01/19/2016

COMFORT FOOD

The Spud Bracket

Pit Portland’s most awesome potatoes against one another in a drag-out battle for carb-loading supremacy.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 01/15/2016

PARTY TIME

Last-Minute New Year's Eve Destinations (and Where to Grub the Morning After)

A handful of the city’s best bars and restaurants give you a reason to venture out on New Year's Eve.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 12/29/2015

YEAR IN REVIEW

The Biggest Openings and Closures of 2015

The Eat Beat team examines the year in Portland restaurants.

  • By Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Karen Brooks
  • Published 12/28/2015

EAT HERE NOW

Where to Eat This Week

From char-spotted pepperoni pies at Pizza Jerk to grand whole Peking duck at Departure, these are the things you must devour this week.

  • By Eat Beat Team
  • Published 12/23/2015

DRINK HERE NOW

Bone, Mugs, and Harmony

Haters gonna hate, but Broth Bar heals winter chills, one sip at a time.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 12/21/2015

PORTLAND BUCKET LIST

50 Things Every Portlander Must Do

From transplants to natives, we present a quirky and quintessential bucket list for every type of Portlander.

  • By Fiona McCann, Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Allison Jones, Benjamin Tepler, Karen Brooks, and Rachel Ritchie
  • Published 12/21/2015

EAT THIS NOW

Three Things to Eat at Fremont’s Every Diet-Friendly Thrive Sauce & Bowls

The healthy truck caterer settles into its brick-and-mortar space with vibrantly sauced rice and bean bowls for gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and, gasp, meat-eaters, too.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 12/16/2015

READ 'EM AND EAT

The Best Local Cookbooks of 2015

From groundbreaking charcuterie tomes to giftable picnic handbooks, these are the year’s must-read Portland recipe collections.

  • By Kelly Clarke, Benjamin Tepler, and Karen Brooks
  • Published 12/15/2015

HOLIDAY BOOZING

Celebrate the Holidays Early with Aquavit Week 2015

The city’s best bars join forces to spotlight Scandinavia’s very merry go-to spirit.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 12/03/2015

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

10 Local Gifts for the Portland Foodie

Our annual roundup of the shiniest kitchen tools, most covetable stocking stuffers, and undeniably crave-worthy foodstuffs to give this holiday season.

  • By Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler
  • Published 12/01/2015

HOLIDAY GETAWAY

How to Spend a Merry, Mellow Holiday Weekend at the Oregon Garden

Silverton’s Oregon Garden Resort is a low-key holiday haven—massive twinkling light displays, ice skating, and Frank Lloyd Wright, included.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 11/26/2015

KITCHEN SHUFFLES

Sugar Cube’s Kir Jensen is Renata’s New Pastry Chef

After closing her much-loved bakery, the dessert ace lands at the high-profile Italian kitchen—lemon curd and nocino in hand.

  • By Kelly Clarke
  • Published 11/24/2015
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