Executive 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 and bartenders 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.

Eat Here Now

Taste Test: Wailua Shave Ice

We scooped our way through downtown’s new shave ice import.

06/22/2017 By Eat Beat Team

Summer Sweets

Is Gregory Gourdet Making the Desserts of Summer?

The Departure chef unleashes a gothy coconut ash sundae stunner, and readies an ice cream cone lineup for sunny day domination.

06/19/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Summer Eats

Ox Box Gives You a Chimichurri-Slathered Excuse for a Long Lunch

Ox restaurant's new outdoor pop-up is devoted to Argentine choripan hot dogs. But its wood-fired grill holds even tastier wonders.

06/13/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Beer Guide 2017: Fresh Pints

Portland's 8 Best New Spots to Drink Beer

From experimental one-offs to dreamy patios, here are our favorite places for a pint right now.

06/12/2017 By Marty Patail, Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, Zach Dundas, Meagan Nolan, Margaret Seiler, and Kelly Clarke

Pop Shopping

5 Things You'll Find at GeekCraft Expo PDX

With Game of Thrones-worthy gauntlets and Star Wars Carbonite art, the city’s 'Etsy-Meets-Comic Con' event returns June 10–11.

06/01/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Run Wild

Portland Monthly’s Woman Up! Takes Over Sellwood Riverfront Park This Sunday

Power through a 5k run/walk/roll to raise funds for Girls Inc, then celebrate bold Oregon women with feminist social club the Perlene, the Badass Women's Protest Choir, Salt & Straw, and local nonprofits.

05/31/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke

Restaurant Openings

Peruvian Rotisserie Chicken Spot La Leña Will Roost on SE Hawthorne in June

Pollo a la brasa, comida criolla specialties, and fresh juices from a Navarre vet and his Lima-born wife are coming soon.

05/17/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Forest Park: Boozy Backyard

Skyline Tavern: The Forest Park Block Party

If Pioneer Courthouse Square is Portland's living room, this hideaway is its boozy backyard.

05/15/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

Beeswing Is Cully's Cozy New Brunch Hive

Don't miss the standout sourdough waffles.

05/15/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Pour

5 Essential New Portland Patios for Summer 2017

The sun is coming. Here's where to soak it up, drink in hand.

05/15/2017 Edited by Benjamin Tepler By Fiona McCann, Kelly Clarke, and Margaret Seiler

Sugar Rush

Meet Jami Curl, Portland's Candy Queen

With highbrow sweets and a wild new cookbook, the Quin Candy founder gets happy.

05/15/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Neighborhood Guide

Neighborhood Guide: West End

Where to eat, drink, play, explore, and more in this vibrant pocket of downtown Portland.

05/15/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke

West End: Insider Picks

Where West End Insiders Really Eat, Shop, and Play

The people who live and work in this oddball corner of downtown Portland explain its charms.

05/15/2017 By Kelly Clarke

West End: Shopping

Where to Shop In Portland's West End

Modern housewares to eclectic, high-end local designs, this pocket of downtown is a treasure trove for chic shoppers.

05/15/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

West End: Entertainment

What to Do in Portland's West End

Bouncy dance floors, peaceful pulpits, and high-end cinema—this neighborhood has 'em all.

05/15/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

West End: Oddities

Five Things You'll Find Only in Portland's West End

From strip institutions to periodical paradises, Old Portland is alive and well around here.

05/15/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

West End: Food & Drink

Where to Eat in Portland's West End

Subterranean cocktail bunkers, a Northwest brunch mecca, and one of the city's best food cart pods. Explore this neighborhood while you're hungry.

05/15/2017 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Staff

Holy Inclusiveness, Batman!

David Walker Pens First Comic Series Starring a Superhero with Down Syndrome

With Superb, the Portlander behind Marvel's Power Man and Iron Fist fights for a broader definition of “super.”

05/10/2017 By Kelly Clarke

First Impressions

Three Things to Devour at Division’s New Vegan Mediterranean Spot Aviv

A plant-based menu charms all eaters with soy curl shawarma fries and tamarind margaritas.

05/10/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Restaurant Openings

Smallwares Space Reopens as Southern-Leaning SouthFork

Former Common Law chef Patrick McKee will add French-Asian touches to the NE Fremont spot's Southern menu.

04/28/2017 By Kelly Clarke