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.

Fermentation Nation

Have a Rotten Good Time at the Portland Fermentation Fest

Pickles to miso to Hawaiian moonshine, the city’s eighth annual “Stinkfest” boasts the best ferments in town.

10/18/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Light a Fire 2017: Best New Nonprofit

How One Nonprofit Tackles the Gender Gap in Portland Tech

With twice as many men as women working in local tech, PDXWIT aims to right the balance (cocktails in hand).

10/16/2017 By Kelly Clarke

All the Apples

Nibble Rare Apples at Rubinette Market’s Harvest Tasting This Saturday

From Mountain Rose to Rubinette’s namesake apple, Providore’s produce dorks offer a chic way to stuff yourself with the best fruits.

10/12/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2017

Portland’s Best New Restaurants of 2017

2017 was a wild, delicious year. These dining experiences defined the city's scene.

10/12/2017 Edited by Zach Dundas By Karen Brooks, Kelly Clarke, and Benjamin Tepler Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

Best Restaurants 2017: Eat Here Now

5 Portland Food Carts We Just Can't Quit

From crazy-creative scratch pastas to cult-worshipped pastrami, these are the year's standout carts.

10/12/2017 By Eat Beat Team

Dining Guide

These Are Portland’s 50 Essential Sit-Down Restaurants Right Now

Hungry? Here are top picks from Portland Monthly editors.

10/12/2017 By Eat Beat Team

The Class of '07

So Many Great Portland Restaurants Opened in 2007. Are They Still Good?

These five spots would define the revolutionary decade that followed. But how do they hold up in 2017?

10/12/2017 By Benjamin Tepler, Ramona DeNies, Kelly Clarke, Zach Dundas, and Karen Brooks

Best Restaurants 2017: Ready Your Forks

5 Portland Restaurants We Can't Wait For in 2018

From Russian dumplings to elevated homestyle Filipino, get ready to eat.

10/12/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2017: Destroy All Appetizers

A Throwback Chinese Restaurant Near PSU Has All the Dumplings

Duck House is old-school and alright.

10/12/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2017: Sweet Deal

Eat Dessert for Dinner at Departure

Gregory Gourdet’s pan-Asian sweet treats are what you didn’t know you were waiting for.

10/12/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2017: Get Down with B.A.P.

Crown Brings Behemoth New York-Style Party Pies to Downtown’s Pizza Desert

And there was much rejoicing.

10/12/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Best Restaurants 2017: Get Coffee Geeked

Maybe All Portland Needed to Get a Great Coffee + Brunch Spot Was … Australians?

The Antipodeans have a strange knack for the stuff.

10/12/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Everyday Activism

Drink and Dance to Aid Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief

A pair of local bars offer fancy cocktails while the Crystal hosts a bomba-and-salsa blowout to benefit victims of Hurricane Maria.

10/03/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Eat This Now

Where to Eat This Week: Sept 28–Oct 5

From an umami-packed burger and fries at Ash Bar to Somali sambusas at the Woodstock Farmers Market, these are the things you must eat and drink this week.

09/28/2017 By Eat Beat Team

Design Directory

The Ultimate Guide to Portland Design Specialists

Got a passion project? These locals can help craft and construct it—beautifully.

09/21/2017 By Kelly Clarke and Chad Walsh

Pottery

Get an Eyeful of Portland’s Crazy-Colorful, Women-Run Ceramics Scene

"It’s like the 1970s all over again."

09/21/2017 By Kelly Clarke Photography by George Barberis

Feast 2017

Recapping Feast 2017: Everything You Missed

Six years in, Feast continues to cement its reputation as a top American food festival. Portland Monthly's Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke bear witness.

09/20/2017 By Karen Brooks and Kelly Clarke

Breaking News

All-Woman Food & Design Collective the Nightwood Launches in Chesa Space

Elder Hall’s Michelle Battista and Ataula's Cristina Baéz team up for a private event hall, community class hub, and 'creative wonderland,' where a lady supergroup makes food and art dreams come true.

09/20/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Eat Here Now

Downtown Portland Has a New Pizza Go-To

Imperial's fun new side project, Crown Pizza, serves up messy-wonderful New York pies.

09/13/2017 By Kelly Clarke

Amazing (Coffee) Stories

The Incredible Tale of Bernardina, the Super-Rare Coffee You Can Drink in Portland Right Now

Taste a $10 cup of coffee with a backstory that includes El Salvadoran mystery trees, DNA tests, and Australian bean junkies at Proud Mary on NE Alberta.

09/13/2017 By Kelly Clarke