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.


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.

05/19/2016 By Kelly Clarke


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.

05/19/2016 By Kelly Clarke


Beyond Halibut: Oregon Seafood You Must Eat Right Now

Black cod to gapers, bay shrimp to butter clams, here’s where to find—and how to prepare—the best of Oregon’s briny bounty.

05/13/2016 By Ramona DeNies and Kelly Clarke


Catch of the Day: Local Chefs Share Their Go-To Recipes for Oregon Seafood

From saucy crabs and albacore crudo to razor clam chowder, here's a bevy of ways to prepare Cascadia's briny bounty.

05/13/2016 By Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler


Where to Eat This Week

From fried chicken buns at Boke Dokie to Peruvian lunch at Paiche, these are the things you must eat this week.

05/11/2016 By Eat Beat Team


Teeny Doughnuts, a Baby Cow, and Brawny Bloodies: PoMo’s Country Brunch, Recapped

A sell-out crowd devours Portland’s hottest morning dishes and crowns Raven & Rose Bloody Mary champs (for the second year running) at PoMo’s annual brunch soiree.

04/27/2016 By Kelly Clarke


Love, Portland: Dating and Mating, Stumptown Style

Like everything, we do romance our own way in this town.

04/22/2016 Edited by Fiona McCann By Courtenay Hameister, Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Kelly Clarke, and Ramona DeNies


Portland’s Best Bars 2016

We’ve got the city’s best new bars, 11 essential new cocktails, a watering hole for (nearly) every neighborhood, and a tasting room decision tree.

04/22/2016 Edited by Kelly Clarke and Benjamin Tepler


Jook Joint Makes the Southern-Fried Asian Eats You Never Knew You Craved

At his downtown cart, Texas-born chef Ryan Ostler serves up soulful, inventive dishes.

04/22/2016 By Kelly Clarke


Some Tips on Self-Romance from She Bop’s Sex Ed Coordinator

Amory Jane can help you love yourself a little better.

04/22/2016 By Kelly Clarke


The Bars of Summer 2016

It’s shaping up to be an epic year for fun-loving drinkers. We’ve got the goods on five spots opening soon.

04/22/2016 By Marty Patail, Kelly Clarke, and Benjamin Tepler


Five Bar Plates Good Enough to Make You Forget Your Drink

From Expatriate’s chicken and waffles to the Sudra’s pakora, these are Portland’s destination bar dishes.

04/22/2016 By Benjamin Tepler and Kelly Clarke


Portland’s 13 Best New Bars

Whether you're into ham and fortified wines or mussels and Belgian beers, there’s a new spot for you.

04/22/2016 By Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Fiona McCann, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke


Get Your Tickets to Portland Monthly’s Country Brunch 2016

Bites and Bloody Marys from 13 of the city’s brunch masters, plus live tunes, lawn games, and baby cows.

04/20/2016 By Kelly Clarke


Portland Food News To Chew

Broder expands to Hood River, Revolution Hall gets a restaurant, and Phat Cart goes brick-and-mortar.

04/18/2016 By Sarah Hopwood and Marty Patail


Five Objects to Covet at Bible Club, Sellwood's New Time-Warped Speakeasy

Owner Ryk Maverick shares delightful decor from his meticulously styled new bar.

04/15/2016 By Kelly Clarke


Pine Street Market Opens Very, Very Softly

Eat Beat gets an early-bird look at Pine Street Market, with tastes from two star-studded new eateries: Trifecta Annex and Pollo Bravo. Let Stumptown's experimental food hall mania commence!

04/09/2016 By Kelly Clarke


Is Miami’s Jorge Salt & Co.’s Branding Too Close to Oregon’s Jacobsen Salt Co.?

Florida man hand-harvests salt … and rips off Oregon’s saint of salt in the process?

04/05/2016 By Kelly Clarke


Castagna and Ox Chefs Nab James Beard Best Chef Northwest 2016 Finalist Slots

Castagna's Justin Woodward and Ox's Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton represent Portland, plus nods for Clyde Common's bar program, Country Cat's cookbook, and Eater's multimedia eye candy.

03/16/2016 By Kelly Clarke


Jook Joint's Awesome South by Southeast Asian Eats

Texas brisket–topped Thai porridge to coconut hush puppies, this downtown cart makes the Southern-fried Asian eats you never knew you craved.

03/11/2016 By Kelly Clarke