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.

Food Coma

Feast Portland 2016: A Retrospective

Senior editor Kelly Clarke and restaurant critic Karen Brooks recount four days of country ham chocolate bars, enormous shrimp tower phalluses, and heavenly Asian breakfast.

09/21/2016 By Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

New Details on Vitaly Paley's Lavish Russian Tea Service, Coming to the Heathman Hotel This Fall

Paley’s Heathman Hotel restaurant revamp promises a bit of DaNet in the historic Tea Court Lounge—antique samovars to Russian-accented pastries from dessert ringer Jeff McCarthy.

09/01/2016 By Kelly Clarke

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.

08/24/2016 By Kelly Clarke


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.

08/15/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke


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.

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


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.

08/15/2016 By Kelly Clarke


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.

08/15/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Karen Brooks, Molly Woodstock, and Michael Zusman Photography by Nicolle Clemetson Styled by Ashley Marti/Local Haven

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.

08/11/2016 By Kelly Clarke

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.

08/09/2016 By Kelly Clarke

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.

07/27/2016 By Kelly Clarke


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.

07/12/2016 By Kelly Clarke


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.

06/13/2016 By Kelly Clarke


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.

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


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.

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


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.

06/13/2016 By Kelly Clarke


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.

06/13/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff


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).

05/31/2016 By Kelly Clarke


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.

05/25/2016 By Eat Beat Team


Essential Oregon Ocean Adventures

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

05/19/2016 By Ramona DeNies and Kelly Clarke


Go Razor Clamming on Washington’s Awesome Long Beach Peninsula

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

05/19/2016 By Kelly Clarke