Executive Senior Editor

Kelly Clarke is executive 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.

HOT WEATHER EATS

Doughnut Shop Pip’s Original Debuts Pip’s Pop and Newly Expanded Space

Fremont’s mini-doughnut mecca keeps cool with a new line of chai and coffee toddy popsicles—and a lot more elbow room for its fans.

08/20/2015 By Kelly Clarke

Happy Trails

Tips for Hiking with Kids from Real Portland Parents

"Everything will be fine as long as you keep in mind that children have no forethought or self-preservation skills."

07/28/2015 By Allison Jones With Kelly Clarke, Fiona McCann, Margaret Seiler, and Brian Barker

BREAKING NEWS

Stray Dogs at Work on a Full-Scale Restaurant in Northeast Portland

Portland's fancy hot dog duo plan a new space and evolving offerings (think Korean fried chicken) at their Northeast Portland HQ this fall.

07/27/2015 By Kelly Clarke

HIGH SPIRITS

Biwa's Perfect Summer Drink Is Powered by Shochu

Mix it up this summer with chuhais, Japanese shochu cocktails.

07/20/2015 By Kelly Clarke

MEDICINE

How One Woman Transformed Primary Care with a Single Question

These magic words are changing the way doctors treat women's health.

07/13/2015 By Kelly Clarke

BREAKING NEWS

Southwest Portland is Getting Its Own Broder

Broder Söder, the third outpost in Peter Bro’s Scandinavian empire, to open in late July inside the brand new Nordia House cultural center.

06/25/2015 By Kelly Clarke

BREAKING NEWS

Blue Star Donuts Escapes to L.A. this Summer

The local doughnut chain will add a Venice shop and new flavors, to its fast-growing international empire in late July.

05/28/2015 By Kelly Clarke

RECIPE

The New Cookout: How to Host the Perfect Summer Paella Party

Crown Paella shares the recipe for an unforgettable backyard summer party.

05/26/2015 By Kelly Clarke

SWEET CHANGES

Pearl District Pastry Haven Nuvrei Gets a Tasty Makeover

Salads and sandwiches be gone: a treasure trove of meticulously crafted new pastries and a sleek makeover mark a new era for the Pearl bakery.

05/22/2015 By Kelly Clarke

COASTAL EATS

Local Radio Host and Laughing Planet Team Up to Resurrect Astoria’s Custard King

Road trip alert! KNRK 94.7 morning host Greg Glover to re-open 1950s-era frozen custard and burger stand on Astoria’s main drag this June.

05/12/2015 By Kelly Clarke

THE MORNING AFTER

Bloodies, Biscuits, and Tiny Horses: PoMo's Country Brunch, Recapped

A sell-out crowd devours Portland's hottest morning dishes and crowns Raven & Rose and Doug Fir the city's Bloody Mary champs at PoMo's annual Brunch party.

05/07/2015 By Kelly Clarke

Rise and Dine

Devouring Portland's Hottest New Brunch Spots

We raise a Bloody Mary and toast the Rose City’s chosen meal.

05/01/2015 Edited by Kelly Clarke By Zach Dundas, Karen Brooks, Allison Jones, Rachel Ritchie, Molly Woodstock, and Ben Tepler

BREAKING NEWS

Kir Jensen's Sugar Cube Bakery Closing May 3

The longtime sugar-pusher says a bittersweet goodbye to her Alberta bakery and hints at a "higher calling" coming soon.

04/28/2015 By Kelly Clarke

Best Brunch 2015

The Classic Portland Brunch Hall of Fame

These six stand-by restaurants may require a wait, but they're truly worth every minute.

04/27/2015 By Kelly Clarke

EDITORS' NOTE

Is Brunch in Portland Just a High-Calorie Spectator Sport?

Our Senior Editor shares the trials, tribulations, and unexpected bonuses of curating a list of the city's best brunches.

04/27/2015 By Kelly Clarke

BEST BRUNCH 2015

Host the Best Brunch Around with a DIY Granola Bar

Start with a perfect homemade base, and the add-in options are endless. Stress-free brunch at home? Done and done.

04/27/2015 By Kelly Clarke

RECIPE

How to Make the Perfect Brunch for a Crowd

Hosting brunch at home? You can prepare every single one of these dishes the night before. We make it easy—like Sunday morning.

04/27/2015 Edited by Benjamin Tepler and Kelly Clarke

BEST BRUNCHES 2015

The 10 Best New Brunches in Portland

A bumper crop of delicious new brunches takes root in PDX, with global flavors and, just as important, no hours-long wait for tables—plus five more plates we can't resist.

04/27/2015 By Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Karen Brooks, Benjamin Tepler, and Kelly Clarke

DEAR DONUT DIARY

"3 Things I Learned Opening A PDX Doughnut Shop in Japan"

Blue Star's Micah Camden reports from Tokyo on fancy donut mania, getting humbled by Japanese bakers, and why you ought to cover your tattoos before going to the gym.

04/24/2015 By Kelly Clarke

PDX PANTRY

You Can Now Find Portland Soda Works' Fancy Pop Syrups at New Seasons

Local maker Chris Onstad's quest to craft the "Belgian beer of soda pop" lands at local grocery stores.

04/21/2015 By Kelly Clarke